Things I’ve enjoyed reading about open source in 2016

I started this post back in February after reading Nadia Eghbal’s “What success really looks like in open source” so that I’d have something other than tweets to reference when I wanted to refer back to some good stuff. So here’s a list, not in any particular order, and including the article already mentioned, of… Continue reading Things I’ve enjoyed reading about open source in 2016

Pieter Hintjens on Building Open Source Communities

This was a really interesting listen. Pieter Hintjens, the founder of ZeroMQ, lays out a handful of rules for building open source communities. Put people before code. Make progress before you get consensus. Problems before solutions. Contracts before internals. Everything you do as a founder of a community should be aimed at getting the people… Continue reading Pieter Hintjens on Building Open Source Communities

Science for the People!

Partly inspired by the experience, BSSRS staff member David Dickson later wrote in New Scientist magazine calling for “Community Science Resource Councils”. The idea, which sadly never took off, was a sort of scientific equivalent of legal aid. It would have provided scientific knowledge and technical expertise to minority and under-represented groups, and also allowed them a greater chance to shape what questions get asked and answered by science. “Perhaps the greatest gain would be in public education,” he wrote. “Members of the community would be able to answer back.”

People today often call for evidence-based policies, but the problem is that the power to collect evidence isn’t evenly distributed. In the 1970s, BSSRS worked to change this – and build a science for the people.

There are some fun parts to this story, which was passed to me in an internal email thread today. Especially great in the context of land grant universities.

WCSF 2014 Talk: Public Universities and Open Source Software

The above is my talk about applying the open source ethos to sharing our work as a community in public land grant universities. I posted earlier with the full textual context and slides. You may notice that the talk description is very far off from the actual talk. 🙂 I originally submitted an expansive talk… Continue reading WCSF 2014 Talk: Public Universities and Open Source Software