FOSDEM 2018 is coming!

Once again, Bitergia will be in FOSDEM, and we are working hard to have some good stuff to share with you during the following days in Brussels.

First of all, we used to organize a meeting on Friday for those people interested in free, open source software development analytics. It started as the FLOSS Community Metrics Meeting. And then, we moved it to GrimoireCon to focus it more around GrimoireLab. This year, we have that meeting again, on Friday. But, this time… it’s bigger!

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CHAOSS related activities during Open Source Summit North America

The Linux Foundation Open Source Summit North America 2017 is over, and we are already on the road for the next conference! But less brief some activities related with CHAOSS project during the last Open Source Summit in LA:

During Jim’s opening keynote, he presented the CHAOSS project. You can see the keynote video online:

The CHAOSS board met later on Monday, and there was a couple of presentations during the day:

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CHAOSS has been released. And GrimoireLab is part of it!

Today is an important milestone for GrimoireLab. Our little project has joined the set of The Linux Foundation projects to help open source ecosystems development. That Metrics Grimoire rewriting we started two years ago, to make easier for OSS projects and community managers to analyze software communities and development processes, has become part of a big family.

During Open Source Summit North America opening keynotes, Jim Zemlin, The Linux Foundation executive director, has presented CHAOSS (Community Health Analytics Open Source Software).

CHAOSS is a new Linux Foundation project aimed at producing integrated, open source software for analyzing open source development, together with defining implementation-agnostic metrics for measuring community activity, contributions and health. The CHAOSS community will help improve transparency of key project metrics, contributing to improve the project itself, as well as helping third parties make informed decisions when engaging with projects

It’s an open community to define metrics (CHAOSS Metrics) and to develope tools (CHAOSS Software) to analyze open source projects development and communities.

CHAOSS announcement slide
CHAOSS announcement during The Linux Foundation OSSUmmit in LA

GrimoireLab is Bitergia’s contribution to the project as one of CHAOSS founding members. To be accepted as one of The Linux Foundation projects is an important milestone for us and for the GrimoireLab community in general. The project has a new mailing list, and we invite to all of you to join it!

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New release of Perceval: Slack support now available!

Perceval is the Grimoire Lab tool that gives the first step for allowing Grimoire to gather automatic and incremental data for almost any tool related with contributing to Open Source.

Grimoire Lab architecture draft, showing its different pieces
Grimoire Lab Architecture (draft). Some pieces still under heavy development

Perceval goes on the quest to retrieve and gather data from git, GitHub, Bugzilla, JIRA, Gerrit, mbox, pipermail, StackExchange, Discourse, etc.   for producing valuable indices, with GrimoireELK.

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Key aspects when inner-sourcing your infrastructure

Not everything in inner source is about community building [but a big portion!] and the infrastructure is basic to foster collaboration, transparency and community building.

This post is about aspects to have in mind when deploying the tooling needed to provide support to developers within the organization and across business units.

There is a more extended version of this infrastructure topic in the work-in-progress book about inner source: Managing Inner Source Projects that we, in Bitergia, are writing. Specifically in the infrastructure chapter. This is available under a CC-BY-SA 4.0 license and anyone is more than welcome to propose new sections, improve the current ones and collaborate in any way. Please feel free to redistribute!

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Gender Diversity Studies and Talks Summary

When looking back nowadays to the work done on diversity, I’ve realized that it has been quite a trip! My first approach to the topic was in an informal meeting with Nithya Ruff, currently at Comcast. She mentioned that the OpenStack Summit in Tokyo reached (as far as I remember!) 13% of women attending the Summit. And this was a great number if compared to previous summits as the percentage kept growing. But she also mentioned that they received a tweet asking about the current number of technical contributions. Then this is where we decided to have a look at that issue: have numbers, and try to produce some of them from a quantitative point of view.

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