Community Manager Gathering 2019

Community managers are accustomed to meet before OSCON. This year, Community Manager Gathering served this need.

The morning was planned with talks. We had very interesting talks that sparked a lot of conversation, pushing back subsequent talks. We applied the flexibility required of managing communities to our gathering and made the best of our engagement.

The afternoon was planned for unconference sessions. I personally love the unconference format, because it sparks real conversations that are unplanned and very natural.

Talk: Growing a community through diversity and inclusion metrics

Nicole Huesman and I presented a talk on “Growing a community through diversity and inclusion metrics”. We based the talk on our experience working with diversity and inclusion efforts. For me, this was mostly the work in the CHAOSS D&I Working Group and my dissertation work. The slides are available online.

Unconference session: Community Metrics (CHAOSS)

My favorite unconference session was about measuring community health. I facilitated the session and brought in experience from the CHAOSS project.

We discussed the process of defining metrics in the CHAOSS project, specifically the history and how we work in working groups.

We talked about metrics that are used by different participants, specifically sharing the experience that metrics are a tool to telling stories and themselves are meaningless.

The danger we all acknowledge is that metrics can be misused by people who don’t understand a community. A problem with metrics released by CHAOSS may be that these metrics seem endorsed by CHAOSS and people reflect less on whether and in what situations a metric should be used.

Next year

Next year, the Community Leadership Summit may return to OSCON. Or, we may have a second version of the Community Manager Gathering. If anyone is interested in helping with next year’s meeting, please speak out.

Update: Jono Bacon announced that CLS will return in 2020.

New Paper: “Contemporary Issues of Open Data in Information Systems Research: Considerations and Recommendations”

We hosted a workshop in Dublin before ICIS 2016. The workshop was on open data in information systems research. I lead the write up of our workshop report and am proud to say that we published it in the Communications of the Association for Information Systems journal.

Paper Abstract:

Researchers, governments, and funding agencies are calling on research disciplines to embrace open data – data that is publicly accessible and usable beyond the original authors. The premise is that research efforts can draw and generate several benefits from open data, as such data might provide further insight, enabling the replication and extension of current knowledge in different contexts. These potential benefits, coupled with a global push towards open data policies, brings open data into the agenda of research disciplines – including Information Systems (IS). This paper responds to these developments as follows. We outline themes in the ongoing discussion around open data in the IS discipline. The themes fall into two clusters: (1) The motivation for open data includes themes of mandated sharing, benefits to the research process, extending the life of research data, and career impact; (2) The implementation of open data includes themes of governance, socio-technical system, standards, data quality, and ethical considerations. In this paper, we outline the findings from a pre-ICIS 2016 workshop on the topic of open data. The workshop discussion confirmed themes and identified issues that require attention in terms of the approaches that are currently utilized by IS researchers. The IS discipline offers a unique knowledge base, tools, and methods that can advance open data across disciplines. Based on our findings, we provide suggestions on how IS researchers can drive the open data conversation. Further, we provide advice for the adoption and establishment of procedures and guidelines for the archival, evaluation, and use of open data.

Full reference:

Link, G. J. P., Lumbard, K., Conboy, K., Feldman, M., Feller, J., George, J., … Willis, M. (2017). Contemporary Issues of Open Data in Information Systems Research: Considerations and Recommendations. Communications of the Association for Information Systems, 41(Article 25), 587–610. Retrieved from