Ada Initiative kicks off census to research womens status in open technology and culture
Wednesday, March 9th, 2011
The Ada Initiative launched a census today to gain a broad understanding of womens participation, representation, and status in open technology and culture. “We want to know what women are working on and how each communitys culture affects women,” said Ada Initiative co-founder Valerie Aurora. “We also want to know where to direct our work in helping women in the community.” The census includes questions about the representation and status of women in open technology and culture, and will be repeated periodically to measure changes in the community and help shape the Ada Initiatives programs.
Anyone involved in the following fields, regardless of gender, is encouraged to take the 5-minute survey (http://adainitiative.org/projects/census):
Open source/free software
Open source hardware
Open geodata and maps
Open standards and formats
Open educational initiatives
Open/decentralised social networking
Creative Commons and free culture
Wikipedia and other wikis
Open crisis response and humanitarian projects
Barcamps and unconferences
Transformative works fandom, including fan fiction, fan art, and fan vidding
The Ada Initiative Census can be found at:
The census closes on March 29th, 2011.
About the Ada Initiative
The Ada Initiative is a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing participation of women in open technology and culture, founded by long-time women in open technology activists and programmers Valerie Aurora and Mary Gardiner. The Ada Initiative is named for Countess Ada Lovelace, widely recognized as the worlds first computer programmer. The Ada Initiative partners with organizations and communities to increase the participation of women in ways that shape the technology, such as software design and development, writing for Wikipedia, and community leadership.
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