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What is this working group about?

This working group aims at bringing experiences measuring diversity and inclusion in open source projects.

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Its main goal focuses on understanding from a qualitative and quantitative point of view how diversity and inclusion can be measured. This will bring four main outcomes:

  • First a set of metrics curated by the community focused on understanding and measuring diversity
  • Second learn good practices from open source communities on improving their diversity and inclusion
  • Third produce useful software to measure diversity from a quantitative point of view. This is expected to produce generic software to analyze several repositories of information such as Git repositories or Mailing lists
  • Fourth, good practices on how to deal with such data, maintain and ways of collaboration with open source communities.
  • Fifth, a method that other communities can reproduce the report for themselves.

An example of the expected outcomes is the OpenStack Gender Report that focuses on the analysis of the gender-diversity in the OpenStack Foundation. This project sponsored by Intel and Bitergia aims at helping the community with data. And we need data to make decisions!

This project is under the CHAOSS project that is part of The Linux Foundation, with participation from multiple other organizations and institutions (see contributors list).

As the CHAOSS project consists of two Technical Committees: Software and Metrics, this project aims at working closely with both and learn their best practices. In addition, this working group expects to discuss new ideas in terms of metrics and software with both committees improving the knowledge base around this topic.

Note: We want to make our tools and report inclusive globally.

What we are currently working on

  • We are prototyping a structure that we want to create our metrics and recommendations for a D&I report in. Current draft is in this google doc
    • Please leave comments and suggest edits where needed
  • Next up: We want to walk through the structure and prototype our first resource pages at the Open Source Summit North America 2018 on August 29th. -- If you are interested, watch the CHAOSS mailing list for details on when and where we meet.


  • Integrate results with the general Metrics group
    • Write down all of the goal-question-metric ideas we have in this document
    • #14 Migrate Google Docs D&I GQM approach to this repository
  • Validate with experts in the field.
  • Produce reusable outcomes by third parties when measuring D&I
    • #15 Create a method that other communities can reproduce the report for themselves
  • Dissemination of the results across several communities
    • Open Source Summit NA / Europe
    • OSCON
    • CHAOSScon NA
    • Others

Structure of Repository

We are compiling dimensions of diversity and inclusion that can be used in the following areas of analysis:

  1. Event Diversity
  2. Contributor Community Diversity
  3. Communication Inclusivity
  4. Recognition of Good Work
  5. Leadership
  6. Governance
  7. Project Places

Each area lists a collection of relevant questions. If you are interested in answering a question for your community, go to the associated resource page where we collect strategies for answering the question.

Upcoming meetings

Meeting Minutes

Google doc with meeting minutes

View old meeting minutes

Mailing list

We use the CHAOSS mailing list. Please append email subject with: [wg-di]

Metrics Work

See file

Software Work

To be done

How can you help?

This project is open to anyone interested in the topic of diversity and inclusion. And this includes several areas of work such as diversity and inclusion from a broader perspective, mining software repositories, Python development, tech writing, people interested in speaking at events and others.

The collaboration guide is still in progress, but a first good step would be to introduce yourself at the CHAOSS mailing list explaining a bit your interest.

Most of the work in the metrics side will be done through pull requests to the markdown files containing discussions about the metrics used or to be used. This is the same method as when updating the software side of the project.


If you'd like to be on our squad, just go through the issue list and fix some. 🎉

Related Works

Collection of initiatives and related works that can inform our work or that we can collaborate with.