[IAEP] FOSS survey results 2017

Laura Vargas laura at somosazucar.org
Tue Sep 26 08:41:19 EDT 2017

Back on April our Community was invited to take part of the Open Source
Survey 2017.

"The Open Source Survey is an open data project by GitHub and collaborators
from academia, industry, and the broader open source community."

Survey data available for download here: http://opensourcesurvey.org/2017/

This survey was designed by GitHub with valuable input from the research
and open source communities.

I copy and pasted the following findings about the importance of
Documentation is highly valued, but often overlooked

Documentation helps orient newcomers: how to use a project, how to
contribute back, the terms of use and contribution, and the standards of
conduct in a community. Improving that documentation is an impactful way to
contribute back to open source.

   - Incomplete or outdated documentation is a pervasive problem, observed
   by 93% of respondents, yet 60% of contributors say they rarely or never
   contribute to documentation. *When you run into documentation issues,
   help a maintainer out and open a pull request that improves them.*
   - Many people participate in open source on the job, where confidence in
   the terms of use is critical. Unsurprisingly, *licenses are by far the
   most important type of documentation to both users and contributors:*
   64% say an open source license is very important in deciding whether to use
   a project, and 67% say it is very important in deciding whether to
   - *Documentation helps create inclusive communities.* Documentation that
   clearly explains a project's processes, such as contributing guides and
   codes of conduct, is valued more by groups that are underrepresented in
   open source, like women.
   - Nearly a quarter of the open source community reads and writes English
   less than ‘very well.’ *When communicating on a project, use clear and
   accessible language for people who didn’t grow up speaking English, or read

Laura V.
* I&D SomosAZUCAR.Org*

“Solo la tecnología libre nos hará libres.”
~ L. Victoria

Happy Learning!
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