We are unbelievably excited to announce that Dr. Dawn Foster will be joining the CHAOSS project full time in August 2023, helping direct community data science efforts. To date, the CHAOSS project has been focused on developing software, metrics, and programs aimed at helping people and organizations better understand the health of open source communities they care about. While we are proud of our impact to date, with Dawn’s energy, we will be able to strategically focus on data-driven questions that are important for corporate OSPOs, university OSPOs, and scientific software communities among others.
Dawn joins us from VMware where she is the Director of Open Source Community Strategy within VMware’s OSPO. She is a Governing Board member / maintainer for CHAOSS, co-chair of the CNCF Contributor Strategy TAG, and OpenUK board member. She has 20+ years of experience at companies like Intel and Puppet with expertise in community building, strategy, open source software, governance, metrics, and more.
Dawn holds a PhD from the University of Greenwich along with an MBA and a BS in Computer Science. She has spoken at over 100 industry events, including many Linux Foundation events, KubeCon, OSCON, SXSW, FOSDEM and more. In her spare time, she enjoys reading science fiction, running, and traveling.
Developing a CHAOSS data science effort is intended to help organizations ask complex questions, identify data to address these questions, and effectively use the results to inform decision-making processes. We hope that you can join us in welcoming and supporting Dawn as she takes on these challenges to support all with an interest.