The Linux Foundation’s research department is working with a number of partners to conduct a survey on diversity, equality and inclusion in open source communities. The survey is intended to provide an insight into the dynamics of active participation in open source projects; according to the press release on the foundation’s website, the demographic composition of the community is of particular interest in the survey.
Promoting diversity, equality and inclusion
The Linux Foundation has committed itself to “Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI)” as its core values and therefore, according to its own statements, would like to determine what the situation is here – the entry on the website highlights that the foundation has already become active and, for example, launched an Inclusive Naming Initiative together with the Cloud Native Computing Foundation at the end of 2020. There is also apparently recently a funding program called TransTech for the further training of qualified people from the LGBTQ community.
As the research department of the Linux Foundation emphasizes in the survey description, it is about a data-driven basis for decision-making for future program design. The survey form is available in multiple languages including Russian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Hindi, Arabic, German, French, Spanish, and Portuguese. According to the organizers, participation should take around 15 minutes. It doesn’t matter whether you are new to the community or whether you have been running an open source project for a long time. Obviously it is possible to skip questions as well.
Anonymized data collection
Participation is anonymous and, according to the organizers, the data collected will be further anonymized so that no conclusions can be drawn about individuals. Those who take part receive a personal discount for registering for the next Open Source Summit or the next Embedded Linux Conference. The questions and results of the survey are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike 4.0 license, which those interested can read at Creativecommons.org.
If you like, you will find it Link to participate in the DEI survey on the Linux Foundation website. In addition to the foundation, a number of companies and organizations are partners behind the survey, such as AWS, Comcast, Fujitsu, GitHub, Gitlab, Hitachi, Huawei, Intel, NEC, Panasonic, Red Hat, Renesas and vmware.