Women in Open Source Week

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Welcome to Opensource.com's Women in Open Source Week

Opensource.com will highlight the efforts of women in open source from January 27 through February 7. We will be focusing some of our content specifically on women working in free and open source software fields and collaborating on projects ranging from open knowledge to open hardware.

Read articles from women coders, hackers, developers, community managers, and educators.

Hear unique perspectives from across the globe, like Noopur Raval in India whose work with the Wikimedia Foundation has revealed a substantial gap in Wikipedia articles on successful Indian women and on cultural traditions of lower castes.

Learn about the exciting experiences of women working on projects for GNOME, the Open Technology Institute, OpenStack, and Red Hat. Plus, get the latest from Limor Fried on open hardware initiatives at Adafruit Industries!

Stay tuned to this page for our growing collection of articles as they are published from January 27 - February 7 for our Women in Open Source Week. Follow #osswomen on Twitter for updates and commentary.

A special thank you to Marina Zhurakhinskaya for her help with this initiative.

Women in Open Source Week articles

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Women in Open Source Week


List of published articles

Noopur Raval shares her experience editing Wikipedia in India.

Luis Ibanez interview Catherine Dumas, a PhD student at SUNY Albany about promoting open source on campus.

  • 5 tips: Leverage user-centered design in your open source project » read the article

Learn how user feedback can improve internal processes and collaboration, engage the community, promote non-developer contributions, and help you think more broadly about your open source project.

Limor Fried, founder and engineer at Adafruit Industries hosts an internet video show every week that answers questions about electronics, coding, and open hardware.

  • The participatory nature of the Internet strengthens fan communities » read the article

Women in fandom and the art of remixing media and creating new storylines in film and TV.

One product, the TinyDunio, won them the Internet of Things Award for Open Source Project of the Year in 2012.

Hear from leaders in various departments at Joomla!

  • Golden opportunity for public libraries to meet digital needs of women » read the article

Public libraries (and public schools) have a critical role to play with improving the dearth of diversity in coding and open source.

Anne Mulhern spends most of her time working on the installer, focusing mostly on its storage component, blivet.

  • The Women of OpenStack talk outreach, education, and mentoring » read the article

In the open source world, a women-only event seems counter-intuitive.

Female role models who are making money with open source, and having fun doing it, will draw girls in.

  • Get more eyeballs: 5 steps to using design in your open source project » read the article

Five detailed steps for integrating user experience and design into your open source project.

Five more leaders in open source sharing wisdom and advice for men and women interested in learning more about how to have a successful career in open source.

  • Engage women, have fun, get more out of your open source project » read the article

Women can pursue a career in open source software engineering at any stage in their lives—from college to mid-career and beyond.

  • Heard of the GNOME Outreach Program for Women? Learn more today. » read the article

Máirín Duffy of Red Hat interviews Marie Nordin of Fedora and a GNOME Outreach Program for Women intern.

Being a woman in computer science... means being exposed to emerging technologies, solving new and difficult problems, and working to promote FOSS in my local community.

As a big believer in innovation through open source development, a word of advice: Let your code speak for you.

  • What's the best entry point for women in computing? Open source. » read the article

Jen Wike interviews Leslie Hawthorn, a program committee planner for the annual Grace Hopper conference and its Open Source Day event.

Should femininity be a foreign language barrier that women need to overcome in order to have a career?

Dive in: Ten past articles on women in technology

  1. Top 5 things Angie Byron loves about Drupal » read the article

  2. How to attract more women to tech conferences » read the article

  3. Representing women in STEAM and open source » read the article

  4. The Linux kernel community learns how to grow more penguins » read the article

  5. AdaCamp DC: A learning environment for women in open source » read the article

  6. Women in computing: An interview with Leslie Hawthorn on the Grace Hopper Conference » read the article

  7. Increasing participation of women in free and open source software » read the article

  8. The founder gap: Why we need more women in open source » read the article

  9. The European Commission's Neelie Kroes believes in open » read the article

  10. Young coder on Raspberry Pi, Scratch, and Gluster » read the article


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Jen leads a team of community managers for the Digital Communities team at Red Hat. She lives in Raleigh with her husband and daughters, June and Jewel.

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Instead of implementing Programs to convince women to get into Computers, much better to exert social control over man-boys (both as teenagers and adults) to get them to behave in a civilized manner. Then let the chips fall where they may regarding what females choose to do.

The beneficial side effect is that more males will have good manners, and that can't be negative.

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