[Chaoss-members] Proposal for a FOSDEM devroom

Matt Germonprez germonprez at gmail.com
Mon Sep 11 12:48:44 UTC 2017

Thanks very much for this Jesus. I honestly did have any comments beyond
what Ray included. Nicely done :)


On Sun, Sep 10, 2017 at 10:06 PM, Raymond Paik <rpaik at linuxfoundation.org>

> Jesus,
> Thanks for getting this started.  I have some suggestions for edits below
> (highlighted in blue)...
> Ray
> On Sun, Sep 10, 2017 at 6:46 PM, Jesus M. Gonzalez-Barahona <
> jgb at bitergia.com> wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> As I committed during one of our preparatory meetings, I've prepared a
>> proposal for a devroom at FOSDEM [1]. I think most of you know about
>> FOSDEM, but just in case, it is the major European conference for FOSS
>> developers, with 5,000-8,000 developers meeting together in Brussels in
>> February. It includes some main tracks, and devrooms. devrooms are
>> rooms devoted to specific topics, and there are several tens of them
>> running in parallel. Every year, they publish a call for devrooms, and
>> there is where I propose to submit our proposal.
>> [1] http://fosdem.org
>> I've prepared the proposal based in the work some of us did for FOSDEM
>> 2013 (which didn't succeed), and in other related proposals in which I
>> participated in 2006-09 (which succeeded, with a FOSS research devroom
>> running for several years).
>> The draft proposal is below. Any comment (including proposals of
>> change) is welcome. If you would be interested in backing the proposal,
>> and finding some other backers, that would be great (I've preferred to
>> base the proposal on persons rather than on CHAOSS as a group to make
>> it clear that our idea is inclusive to others).
>> Saludos,
>>        Jesus.
>> ----------------------------------------------------
>> * Proposal for a FOSDEM devroom: FOSS Development Analytics*
>> ** Main objectives **
>> To reinforce the emerging community interest in FOSS (free, open
>> source software) development analytics.
>> More specifically:
>> - To discuss the current status of FOSS tools in this area
>> - To share models about FOSS health and sustainability based on factual
>> data
>> - To share experiences by FOSS projects already doing their own
>> analytics
>> - To find ways of pooling development effort and other resources
>> - To explore the requirements and functionality of future platforms
>> ** Summary **
>> Tools and platforms for analyzing and visualizing information from
>> software repositories (source code management, bug reporting /
>> ticketing, code review, mailing lists, etc.) are flourishing. Many of
>> them are proprietary, which means that in many cases, FOSS (free, open
>> source software) projects are using proprietary tools to
>> analyze themselves.
>> There is also a lot of interest in models to evaluate the health,
>> quality or sustainability of FOSS projects, based on factual data
>> retrieved mainly from their repositories. But there are little
>> opportunities of sharing these interests, and the experiences in
>> building and applying these models, in venues where all stakeholders are
>> represented: developers, academics, project managers, users, etc.
>> We believe that the FOSS development model is especially well suited for
>> being applied in both cases. In fact, many projects are already
>> developing software and setting up platforms for analyzing their own
>> repositories, some FOSS systems and tools do exist for retrieving,
>> analyzing and visualizing information about FOSS development, and some
>> health and quality models for FOSS are being created and discussed
>> using practices quite similar to those of FOSS development.
>> If a certain critical mass is reached in this domain, it is reasonable
>> to assume that usual mechanisms observed in FOSS development will
>> enable continuous innovation and the quick improvement of the
>> capabilities of these tools and models.
>> The FOSS Development Analytics devroom intends to be an open venue to
>> present these models, tools, and analysis that are already under
>> development, and to discuss about collaboration, synergies, etc. The
>> devroom will be organized to foster discussion and finding of
>> synergies, but also development of new tools and models, improvement of
>> existing ones, and spread the knowledge about what is being done and
>> can be done in this area. Given that the devroom will happen in the
>> context of FOSDEM, it will be focused on the needs, interests and
>> contributions of FOSS developers.
>> ** Backers **
>> This proposal is put together by the CHAOSS group, which includes
>> contributors from well known FOSS Foundations, companies producing FOSS
>> tools for software development analytics, and academics with experience
>> in analysis of FOSS projects. To ensure that the needs of the wider
>> FOSS development community are met, CHAOSS is working with other parties,
>> and together put together this list of people backing the
>> proposal, and with interest in contributing to the success of the
>> devroom (alphabetic order, all of them representing themselves,
>> affiliation is only informative):
>> The responsibility for the organization and coordination will be led by
>> the CHAOSS group, in a way as inclusive and open as possible.
>> * CHAOSS Group: http://chaoss.community
>> ** Participants **
>> Participation as speaker in the devroom will be subject to an open call
>> for contributions. This call will be communicated through mailing lists
>> and social media channels related to the subject, in which the backers
>> of the proposal participate.
>> The backers of this proposal commit to prepare at least five
>> presentations for the devroom, which will be submitted through the open
>> call. They will  be subject to the same review and selection process
>> than the other proposals.
>> In addition, anyone could attend, provided there is space. Interaction
>> between speakers and other attendants will be promoted as much as
>> possible.
>> ** Organization **
>> An organizing committee will be established to promote the devroom, the
>> open call, and the organization in general. It will be composed by the
>> backers, plus some other persons related to the subject of the devroom.
>> It will be as much inclusive as possible, giving voice to FOSS projects
>> and developers interested in the subject.
>> The organizing committee will produce the call for contributions, which
>> will be based on this proposal. They will receive all proposals, and
>> will openly discuss about how to better accommodate as many of them as
>> possible, while at the same time fostering discussion and reserving
>> some slots for open interaction.
>> The devroom will include some time for demos and live explanations of
>> how to use FOSS applications for analyzing software development,and
>> models of FOSS health, specifically focused to FOSS developers.
>> All the materials used in the talks, demos and other activities will be
>> published under free culture licenses.
>> Since this is the first year the devroom will be celebrated, we
>> envision having a half-day (morning or afternoon) devroom, but a full
>> day devroom will also be possible.
>> --
>> Bitergia: http://bitergia.com
>> /me at Twitter: https://twitter.com/jgbarah
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