Deconstructing Open Source Contributions

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Accepted Session
Short Form
Intermediate
Scheduled: Thursday, June 26, 2014 from 2:30 – 3:15pm in B302/303

Excerpt

Everyone wants to make contributing to open source projects more accessible and fun. But how do we do that? One way is to analyze past contributions to identify potential obstacles and opportunities for intervention and support. This workshop will use our own experiences as contributors to explore how the process works, using a simple but effective reflective activity.

Description

Everyone wants to make contributing to open source projects more accessible and fun. But how do we do that? One way is to analyze past contributions to identify potential obstacles and opportunities for intervention and support. This workshop will use our own experiences as contributors to explore how the process works, using a simple but effective reflective activity.

These examples will bring up topics including:

- The implicit knowledge and skill requirements that tasks often leave unspoken
- Common obstacles that contributors encounter
- The time and energy demands that guiding and reviewing contributions can place on maintainers and communities
- The diversity of kinds of contributions and whether they need different approaches and support mechanisms

Tags

contributing, outreach, education

Speaking experience

I have given talks on doing open source outreach at the Southern California Linux Expo 2014 and on getting started in the open source community at Reflections | Projections 2012. I organized and spoke on a panel on the intersection of free software and open science at LibrePlanet 2014 and have talked about open government at Software Freedom Day - Boston in 2012 and Boston's Pirate Party Conference in 2013. Additionally, I have given lightning talks and leading unconference sessions at Transparency Camp 2013 and 2012, BarCamp Boston 2013, and AdaCamp 2013. I have also led open source education activities numerous times as part of the Open Source Comes to Campus workshop series.

Speaker

  • Shauna gordon mckeon

    Biography

    Shauna Gordon-McKeon is an independent researcher and developer who focuses on free technologies and communities. She runs a business, Galaxy Rise Consulting, providing web and mobile development and data science services to individuals and organizations. She can often be found using her skills as a writer, public speaker, and teacher to help free software and open science communities more accessible to newcomers.

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