[Chaoss-members] Creation of a new project on Diversity and Inclusion Metrics/Software

Sean Goggins s at goggins.com
Fri Nov 10 19:23:28 UTC 2017


+1

Especially with regards to starting small and focusing on the measurments piece. 

— other comments:

My instinct is that by keeping our focus on measurements we avoid a number of perils and are best positioned to contribute to this broader, essential work stream. 

Many of these measurements are likely not easily derived from trace data, so I caution us to avoid that golden hammer. 

Also, as Josianne and I discussed in Prague, I think we should be careful with measurement of diversity and inclusion. When we find a measurement that works in one context there is a tendency to apply it in many. These cognitive biases can (and have) led to the misuse of metrics in ways that have worked against diversity and inclusion in other areas. 

sean 





> On Nov 10, 2017, at 12:46 PM, Jono Bacon <jono at jonobacon.com <mailto:jono at jonobacon.com>> wrote:
> 
> I think CHAOSS helping to define effective metrics for measuring diversity and inclusion initiatives is worthy work. It goes without saying that we should be building more inclusive personalities and companies, and I think CHAOSS could play a useful role in determining how to measure progress in these areas.
> 
> My worry here is that this is a politically charged topic with a wide variety of opinions and perspectives and that the project could get bogged down into semantics about what "diversity" means and what "inclusion" means as opposed to producing pragmatic materials and technology to help move the needle. As such, I would recommend:
> 
>  * We start simple and build on it, as opposed to trying to cover every conceivable edge case for diversity and inclusion.
>  * We really focus on the measurements piece as opposed to the policy that these measurements should drive.
>  * It goes without saying we should make sure we have a diverse range of people feeding into this work.
> 
> Just my $0.02c.
> 
> On Fri, Nov 10, 2017 at 9:53 AM Josianne Marsan <Josianne.Marsan at sio.ulaval.ca <mailto:Josianne.Marsan at sio.ulaval.ca>> wrote:
> I agree. Gender is probably one of the dimensions of the broader Diversity concept. Before identifying and discussing dimensions, a clear definition of the broader concept must be found. The scientific literature in Management probably offers such definition since diversity in international business is a current organizational issue. Georg or Patrick probably encountered this literature stream in phd seminars recently.
> 
> Josianne Marsan 
> 
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> From: dmg <dmg at turingmachine.org <mailto:dmg at turingmachine.org>>
> Date: 11/10/17 12:41 PM (GMT-05:00)
> To: Daniel Izquierdo <dizquierdo at bitergia.com <mailto:dizquierdo at bitergia.com>>
> Cc: chaoss-members <chaoss-members at lists.linuxfoundation.org <mailto:chaoss-members at lists.linuxfoundation.org>>
> Subject: Re: [Chaoss-members] Creation of a new project on Diversity and Inclusion Metrics/Software
> 
> one question. Is it about diversity or is  it about gender only?
> 
> Diversity is broader than just gender. If diversity is the goal, then it should not specifically state gender as its goal, but as one of its goals
> and concentrate on other types of diversity too.
> 
> If gender is the goal, then call it gender.
> 
> open source projects are very diverse, but not gender diverse.
> 
> --dmg
> 
> On Fri, Nov 10, 2017 at 9:16 AM, Daniel Izquierdo <dizquierdo at bitergia.com <mailto:dizquierdo at bitergia.com>> wrote:
> Dear board members,
> 
> 
> This email is to state the interest of adding a new project under the umbrella of the CHAOSS community.
> 
> The following is a list of items I'd like to detail and rationale to become part of the project.
> 
> 
> 1. Goal of the project
> 
> Centralize discussions around the topic of Diversity and Inclusion (D&I).
> 
> And specifically when talking about metrics and software that can help to analyze the current state of D&I in the OSS Foundations/Projects.
> 
> 
> 2. Existing work
> 
> One of the reasons for asking for this project is the ongoing work for the OpenStack Foundation in collaboration with Intel and Bitergia.
> 
> The outcome of this project is the OpenStack Gender report [1] released each six months and whose new release will be delivered in the following weeks.
> 
> So far there are some places where all of this work is taking place:
> 
> * Private email between the authors of the project, some members of some of the communities analyzed and general feedback. Part of these discussions are definitively of interest for a broader audience.
> 
> * Source code partially based on the GrimioreLab project, but available in my personal GitHub account [2][3]
> 
> 
> 3. Existing interest
> 
> From the last CHAOSS meeting and focused on the D&I track, there is interest from people out of the current CHAOSS community.
> 
> The authors of the OpenStack gender report have agreed about having (or at least trying) this project under the CHAOSS umbrella.
> 
> The proposed topic is of interest for The Linux Foundation (as we can see in the creation of the Diversity Empowerment Summit in LA and Prague this year). And this is of interest for some other foundations such as the OpenStack with specific discussions and similar topics in the Summits.
> 
> 
> 4. Proposed work within the CHAOSS community
> 
> This project aims at building D&I discussions and ways to measure the 'health' of the communities with this respect.
> 
> For this, it is clear that there are a list of metrics that we have already used and have been 'validated' as a first approach to the topic. In addition to this, there are some pieces of code that are helping with this analysis from a quantitative point of view.
> 
> In the case of the metrics committee, it is expected to see bidirectional work between this project and the metrics committee as this project will bring new metrics and discussions. And on the other hand, the metrics committee will help to improve those definitions and have agnostic-tech discussions.
> 
> In the case of the software committee, the software already produced is expected to be helpful as this is partially integrated with GrimoireLab. And for sure, they will help a lot to focus the development process and give some guidelines about this. One of the goals of this piece of software would be to be useful for third parties willing to carry on similar analysis.
> 
> 
> 5. CHAOSS Infrastructure
> 
> GitHub repository: for this project, we need a repository in GitHub with some name. A proposal would be: diversity_inclusion (suggestions would be really appreciated :)  ).
> This repository would include wiki, issues and prs.
> 
> As communication channel we could use the existing mailing lists for software and metrics with the label [D&I]. With this respect I see some potential noisy discussions, but we may have a new mailing list if needed in the future.
> For instance, some interesting links for potential discussions around code of conducts, that could be part of this project, but for sure not interesting for the metrics or software committee...
> 
> We may use in addition the chaoss-community channel at IRC for meetings or other discussions around this topic.
> 
> 
> 
> 6. What this project is not about
> 
> The OpenStack gender report shouldn't be an outcome of this project, but an instance of this project.
> 
> A compendium of URLs about D&I. This could help for the goal of this project, but this it not the goal.
> 
> 
> 
> Please, let me know if you need extra information about this,
> 
> 
> Regards,
> Daniel.
> 
> 
> [1] http://superuser.openstack.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/OpenStack-Gender-Diversity-Report_Apr2017.pdf <http://superuser.openstack.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/OpenStack-Gender-Diversity-Report_Apr2017.pdf>
> 
> [2] Source code to analyze OpenStack - https://github.com/dicortazar/ipython-notebooks/tree/master/projects/openstack-diversity <https://github.com/dicortazar/ipython-notebooks/tree/master/projects/openstack-diversity>
> 
> [3] Ceres project: this project uses Perceval (from the GrimoireLab toolchain) to extract the information - https://github.com/dicortazar/ceres <https://github.com/dicortazar/ceres>
> 
> [4] http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/archive/2017/open-source-summit-north-america/program/diversity-empowerment-summit <http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/archive/2017/open-source-summit-north-america/program/diversity-empowerment-summit>
> 
> 
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