[OpenStack Foundation] OpenStack is participating in a new community analytics project

Ildiko Vancsa ildiko.vancsa at gmail.com
Mon Sep 11 16:16:42 UTC 2017

Hi All,

I would like to give you a heads up on OpenStack is joining a new project formed by the Linux Foundation around community health analytics for open source software named CHAOSS [1][2].

The project is getting announced on the Open Source Summit today [3].

The intention is to work on to define a set of (vendor neutral) metrics around different areas, like Project Diversity and Inclusion, Project Growth - Maturity - Decline and so forth.

Beyond defining meaningful metrics that aren’t specific to any participating community or company the project is also intending to put tooling around to collect and visualize the data.

Part of the goals is to have companies using this too internally as part of their InnerSource efforts which can be beneficial on making these companies understand better the purpose of the metrics, how to use them, and so forth.

The project is very interesting as we are all facing the difficulties on how to measure the state and progress of the community, how to create meaningful metrics, how to familiarize them and how to prevent gaming of the numbers. We would also like to ensure that OpenStack is represented in this effort as one of the large open source communities around.

OpenStack is also represented on the Governing Board [4] of the project, where I took the board seat.

If any of you have questions or would like to get involved in the different activities the project has either on the side of defining metrics or work on the tooling around, please reach out to me I would be happy to help you.

Thanks and Best Regards,
Ildikó Váncsa
Ecosystem Technical Lead, OpenStack Foundation

[1] https://chaoss.community
[2] https://chaoss.community/wiki/
[3] https://www.linuxfoundation.org/blog/chaoss-project-creates-tools-to-analyze-software-development-and-measure-open-source-community-health/
[4] https://chaoss.community/about/governing-board/

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