[Chaoss-members] Proposal for a FOSDEM devroom

Matt Germonprez germonprez at gmail.com
Mon Sep 18 10:28:38 UTC 2017

Thanks for following through with this Jesus.


On Mon, Sep 18, 2017 at 2:53 AM, Jesus M. Gonzalez-Barahona <
jgb at bitergia.com> wrote:

> On Wed, 2017-09-13 at 13:21 -0700, Jesus M. Gonzalez-Barahona wrote:
> > BTW, I will include your name as a backer of the proposal, maybe with
> > some others if I have their approval.
> >
> > In your case, I will assume that you're ok if I use your name and
> > affiliation, as it is in the list of board members, except that you
> > tell me otherwise (sorry for the opt-out, but deadline is getting
> > closer, and I completely forgot asking you about this during our
> > meeting).
> > [...]
> Hi all,
> Find below the final proposal I will be sending tonight to FOSDEM
> (deadline is approaching). I've talked to Stefano Zacchiroli to be the
> secondary contact, and one of the backers. He is a well known FOSS
> developer, and especially well known in the context of FOSDEM, and he
> agreed to back our proposal. He agrees in the proposal being mainly a
> CHAOSS thing (as much inclusive as possible, as we had dedcided), so
> the text is the same I sent you. This version is only formatted to meet
> the form that FOSDEM provides.
> If you have any comment, please send it asap, so that I can have it
> into account before submitting.
> Saludos,
>         Jesus.
> -------------------------------------------
> https://submission.fosdem.org/devroom.php
> * Proposal for a FOSDEM devroom: FOSS Development Analytics*
> * Title: FOSS Development Analytics
> * Description
> ** Main objectives **
> To reinforce the emerging community interested 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 having to use 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 were all stakeholders are
> represented: developers, academics, project managers, users, etc.
> We believe that the FOSS development model is specially 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 incremental 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 has contacted other parties,
> and all together have 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 as open as possible.
> * CHAOSS Group: http://chaoss.community
> List of backers:
> Andrea Gallo, Linaro
> Daniel M German, University of Victoria
> Don Marti, Mozilla
> Ildikó Vancsa, OpenStack Foundation
> Jesus M. Gonzalez-Barahona, Uni. Rey Juan Carlos, Bitergia
> Jono Bacon, Jono Bacon Consulting
> Josianne Marsan, Université Laval
> Matt Germonprez, University of Nebraska-Omaha
> Scott K. Peterson, Red Hat
> Sean Goggins, University of Missouri
> Stefano Zacchiroli, INRIA, Software Heritage
> Wayne Beaton, Eclipse Foundation
> ** 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.
> * Why does it fit FOSDEM
> FOSDEM is the main meeting, worldwide, for FOSS developers. Therefore,
> it is the best place to have discussions on how to do analytics on FOSS
> development, to learn about the interests of FOSS developers, to listen
> to their stories of how they are already doing analytics in their
> projects, etc.
> Besides, we're concerned that many FOSS developers are consuming
> analytics prodcued with non-FOSS tools, which they cannot modify, audit
> or even understand. We want to specifically address this situation,
> making the FOSS development community at large aware of the situation,
> informing about alternatives using FOSS tools, and discussing how to
> coordinate the projects already producing FOSS tools in this domain.
> * Primary contact:
> Jesus M.
> Gonzalez-Barahona
> jgb at bitergia.com
> I've been researching FOSS development for more than 15 years. I was
> one of the organizers of the Research devroom at FOSDEM (2007-2009),
> and come to FOSDEM almost every year. In 2012 I co-founded Bitergia, a
> startup devoted to FOSS analytics, which follows a business model based
> on producing FOSS software. I started around 2005 one of the earlier
> projects for FOSS Analytics, Grimoire Tools, and I'm a contributor of
> GrimoireLab, a new project which has built all the analytics toolchain
> from scratch, reusing other FOSS components. I'm one of the founders of
> the CHAOSS collaborative project.
> * Secondary contact:
> Stefano
> Zacchiroli
> zack at upsilon.cc
> Stefano Zacchiroli is an academic and computer scientist. He is also a
> free software activist and developer. He served as Debian Project
> Leader from 2010 to 2013, and is one of the co-founders and current CTO
> of Software Heritage. He serves as board director of the Open Source
> Initiative. He has many years of experience on extracting and analyzing
> information related to FOSS development.
> --
> --
> Bitergia: http://bitergia.com
> /me at Twitter: https://twitter.com/jgbarah
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