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How to get a job like mine

How to get a job like mine

A presentation to PSU students on Feb 1, 2013. About how I got started in open source, what my job is like and what my volunteer work is like. And some advice for people who want to work with and in the open source community.


Selena Deckelmann

February 01, 2013

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  1. How to get a job like mine Selena Deckelmann Data

    Architect, Mozilla @selenamarie selena@chesnok.com
  2. How I was recruited into Computer Science

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  4. The path to becoming an open source contributor

  5. What's open source software? (free, libre?)

  6. Open source software (OSS) is computer software with its source

    code made available and licensed with an open source license in which the copyright holder provides the rights to study, change and distribute the software to anyone and for any purpose.
  7. What's an open source community?

  8. The phrase "open source community" is commonly used to describe

    the developer of open source software development projects. But an agreed upon definition eludes us.
  9. Do people get paid to work on or with open

    source software?
  10. 74% of surveyed are paid to contribute to open source

    in some way http://commons.gc.cuny.edu/wiki/index.php/Open_Source_-_Demographics
  11. 60-70% of open source contributors Have a college degree (of

    some kind) http://widi.berlios.de/paper/study.html
  12. 2-5% of open source contributors are women http://www.networkworld.com/community/node/58218

  13. What a typical day for me looks like

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  16. Distributed team rule: Always Be Communicating • IRC, Skype, Vidyo,

    Phone, Twitter, IM • Email • Bugzilla • planet.mozilla.org • A lot of animated gifs
  17. What community managers do

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  20. Community manager rules: THERE ARE NO RULES

  21. Community manager rules: Always be measuring • Contributions • Change

    over time • New contributors • Write about it • Give talks about it
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  23. Working in public

  24. Creating conferences and user groups

  25. Learning communities and you

  26. Join us: Come to PyLadiesPDX! Come to PDXPUG! Come to

    the Data Science Meetup! Check out http://calagator.org