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Open Source

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Open Demographics #

The Open Demographics project is an open-source project designed to help people and teams ask questions about demographic data (gender, sexual orientation, race). It uses an open source paradigm (community sourced, publicly accessible) to generate a collective consensus on the most inclusive ways to ask questions. This project is not without it’s own political shortcomings and challenges - it’s in English, and most contributors are based in the United States. The community is working to enhance it and expand it to other regions.

Outcomes: This project, in concert with the Gender Field project on Drupal.org has resulted in more inclusive questioning for over one million Drupal.org users. Check out the blog announcement by Dries Buytaert (founder of Drupal).

Trans-inclusive data model #

As the result of both Open Demographics conversations, and other conversations about how to store data collected by inclusive demographic forms. The trans-inclusive data model (currently under construction) is designed to store name, gender, pronoun information in a context-sensitive way that supports asking questions of the data like “I’m about to call this person at home - what is their name and pronoun there?”

You can read more about this data model in Chapter 4 of my dissertation

Open Source PhD #

Before I began my PhD program, I frequently thought, “I wish I knew what people in [insert name of PhD program] were reading” because I wanted to do that same reading. Some courses had syllabi available, some had notes, but it was hard to get a sense of the themes that were being discussed. I told myself that if I were ever lucky enough to be able enter a PhD program, I’d share as much as I could about the material I was reading. During my coursework and comprehensive exams, I did just that. Those posts form the core of the Open Source PhD project. Read all of the posts.