[Chaoss-members] Proposal for a FOSDEM devroom

Sean Goggins s at goggins.com
Thu Sep 21 19:53:20 UTC 2017

Thank you, Jesus!




From: <chaoss-members-bounces at lists.linuxfoundation.org> on behalf of "Jesus M. Gonzalez-Barahona" <jgb at bitergia.com>
Organization: Bitergia
Date: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 5:14 PM
To: Matt Germonprez <germonprez at gmail.com>
Cc: <chaoss-members at lists.linuxfoundation.org>
Subject: Re: [Chaoss-members] Proposal for a FOSDEM devroom


Thanks to you all for your support. The proposal was sent. See attached





On Mon, 2017-09-18 at 05:28 -0500, Matt Germonprez wrote:

Thanks for following through with this Jesus. 


On Mon, Sep 18, 2017 at 2:53 AM, Jesus M. Gonzalez-Barahona <jgb at bite

rgia.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


> 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


> 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


> 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.


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