Project Demographics

Question: What are the demographics within a project?

Description

Project demographics help indicate the potential for different viewpoints and broader perspectives and representation in the context of a project community. Because everyone has a different perspective, investigating the responses for each group of demographics can indicate whether people from various demographics feel more or less included than the average.

Objectives

  • Determine the [diversity] (https://github.com/drnikki/open-demographics) of project members. This can include gender, identity, age, first language, and dis/ability.
  • Help retain community members from diverse backgrounds within the project.
  • Determine if community members are diverse when grouped by board membership, maintainers, conference organizers, and contributors.
  • Determine if new community members are from diverse backgrounds.
  • Share non-sensitive community demographic information with others.
  • Create a statement of privacy management of demographic information.
  • Discover less-visible stories with regard to intersectionality of the demographic data.
  • Identify potential areas of improvement for inclusivity based on demographic data.

Implementation

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Filters

  • Demographics as described in the CHAOSS repository of demographic data.
  • Demographics of different types of contributors. Contribution types may include:
    • Writing Code
    • Reviewing Code
    • Bug Triaging
    • Quality Assurance and Testing
    • Security-Related Activities
    • Localization/L10N and Translation
    • Event Organization
    • Documentation Authorship
    • Community Building and Management
    • Teaching and Tutorial Building
    • Troubleshooting and Support
    • Creative Work and Design
    • User Interface, User Experience, and Accessibility
    • Social Media Management
    • User Support and Answering Questions
    • Writing Articles
    • Public Relations - Interviews with Technical Press
    • Speaking at Events
    • Marketing and Campaign Advocacy
    • Website Development
    • Legal Council
    • Financial Management

Data Collection Strategies

  • Use a survey to gather project demographics. (For example, using the Open Demographics questions)
  • Survey all community members via project communication channels
  • Survey new community members as identified through such ways as attending newcomer office hours, recent introductions, and first time issues and merge requests.
  • Survey project maintainers.
  • Survey that is activated by certain types of contributions (i.e., commits, issues, merge requests).

References

Contributors

  • Elizabeth Barron
  • Matt Germonprez

This metric was last reviewed on February 24, 2022 as part of 2022-04 review process