Survey on the experiences of newcomers in open source software

Ada Initiative advisor Karen Sandler and GNOME Women’s Outreach lead Marina Zhurakhinskaya are both promoting a survey run by PhD student Kevin Carillo. Kevin’s research focusses on how newcomers to Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) projects experience them, and how that relates to them becoming or remaining a contributor.

The survey can be taken if you joined one of the following FOSS communities within the last 3 years (after January 2010): Debian, GNOME, Gentoo, KDE, Mozilla, Ubuntu, NetBSD, or OpenSUSE, and you have been contributing to the project on a regular basis (on average once a month or more during the last 6 months). Kevin writes “I am interested in hearing from people who are either technical or non-technical contributors, and who have had either positive or negative newcomer experiences.”

You can take the survey online at the Victoria University of Wellington’s webpage.