September 27-30, 2021
Seattle, Washington, USA + Virtual
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Wednesday, September 29 • 1:45pm - 2:35pm
(VIRTUAL) Panel Discussion: Eliminating Common Barriers to Contribution for More Inclusive Communities - Georg Link & Daniel Izquierdo, Bitergia; Anita Sarma & Mariam Guizani, Oregon State University

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A barrier to contribution is a reason for contributors to give up trying to make a contribution, which negatively impacts growth of the community. Understanding common barriers enables us to identify effective means to make their communities more engaging, welcoming, and inclusive. The panelists will kick-off the discussion by presenting 88 common barriers across three categories: a) technical, b) process, and c) social barriers. The barriers and related recommendations were developed during a research project that the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) sponsored. The 2020-2021 data is from ~700 survey responses and 20 interviews, was developed by researchers from Bitergia and the Oregon State University, and validated with the ASF community. For most of these barriers, the ASF community shared their input and provided strategies to mitigate the issue. This panel session will be interactive. Panelists will discuss with participants recommendations for eliminating common barriers. Participants are welcome to share their own stories, provide additional insights, and ask for feedback from panelists and other participants.

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Daniel Izquierdo

CEO, Bitergia
Daniel Izquierdo Cortazar is a researcher and one of the founders of Bitergia, a company that provides software analytics for open and inner source ecosystems. Currently holding the position of Chief Executive Officer, he is focused on the quality of the data, research of new metrics... Read More →
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Anita Sarma

Associate Professor, Oregon State University
Anita Sarma is an Associate Professor at Oregon State University. Before this she was an Assistant Professor at University of Nebraska, Lincoln; a post-doctoral scholar at Carnegie Mellon University, and a doctoral student at University of California, Irvine. Through this journey... Read More →
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Mariam Guizani

Graduate Student Ph.D., Oregon State University
Mariam Guizani is a PhD student in Computer Science at Oregon State University, she recently completed her internship at Microsoft Research summer 2021. Her research area is in the intersection of Human-Computer Interaction and Software Engineering. Her researcher focuses on improving... Read More →
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Georg Link

Director of Sales, Bitergia
Georg Link is an Open Source Strategist. Georg’s mission is to make open source more professional in its use of community metrics and analytics. Georg co-founded the Linux Foundation CHAOSS Project to advance analytics and metrics for open source project health. Georg is an active... Read More →

Wednesday September 29, 2021 1:45pm - 2:35pm PDT
MeetingPlay Platform + Virtual Learning Lab