Research on Open Source - Volunteers needed
igorsteinmacher at gmail.com
Tue Oct 15 20:30:25 CEST 2013
my name is Igor Steinmacher and I am PhD student from Brazil and a Research
Scholar at University of California, Irvine. I am conducting a research
aiming at finding how to support new contributors during their first steps
in the project. My final goal is to verify what kind of tooling is
appropriate to support the newcomers overcoming their difficulties
when they are willing to contribute to the project.
The first step of my research is to find out what are the main obstacles
and difficulties faced by these newcomers. My goal is to hear from the
community itself, interviewing new contributors and core members.
By having the information regarding the main problems, I will start
figuring out which mechanisms can be applied to provide the
support. I will keep the anonymity of interviewers and I have the
commitment to publish/return the results of my research to the community.
I need your help answering my interview. We will conduct the interviews via
textual chat, and we can schedule it at the time that fits better for you.
Please send me a private email if you are interested in supporting my
I also request your help reaching out contributors so that I
can gather the best information. The data will help gain insights about
newcomer issues, and allow us to propose initiatives to alleviate the
problems faced by newcomers, as a tentative to retain them.
To volunteer you must be 18 years or older, be English speaking, and have
experience in software development.
Feel free to contact me in case you have any doubt or question regarding my
the interview process.
Igor Fabio Steinmacher
Visiting Scholar in Dept of Informatics at UCI (http://www.informatics.uci
Faculty in Dept. of Computing at Universidade Tecnológica Federal do Paraná
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