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Open Source PhD: July 2017

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I spent July thinking about open source community health:

  • how do measures of open source project success interact with measures of community health? (they don’t, because no measures of community health exist)
  • what would a “healthy” open source community look like?
  • who has the right to determine what is healthy and for whom?
  • how can we design a study to measure community health in a way that centers voices not typically heard in tech.
  • if we make communities ‘healthy,’ will they also become safer for marginalized folks?

Below is a list of books and articles I read this month.

Baytiyeh, H., & Pfaffman, J. (2010). Open source software: A community of altruists. Computers in Human Behavior, 26(6), 1345–1354.
Bickford, J., & Nisker, J. (2015). Tensions Between Anonymity and Thick Description When “Studying Up” in Genetics Research. Qualitative Health Research, 25(2), 276–282.
Crowston, K., & Howison, J. (2006). Assessing the Health of Open Source Communities. Computer, 39(5), 89–91.
Furey, H. (2017). Aristotle and Autism: Reconsidering a Radical Shift to Virtue Ethics in Engineering. Science and Engineering Ethics, 23(2), 469–488.
Hansson, S. O. (2017). The Ethics of Doing Ethics. Science and Engineering Ethics, 23(1), 105–120.
Harris, C. E. (2008). The good engineer: Giving virtue its due in engineering ethics. Science and Engineering Ethics, 14(2), 153–164.
Hunting, G. (2014, April). Intersectionality-informed Qualitative Research: A Primer. Retrieved July 23, 2017, from
Jewell, T. (n.d.). Community Diversity Without Disunity. Retrieved from
Lev-On, A., & Lissitsa, S. (2015). Studying the coevolution of social distance, offline- and online contacts. Computers in Human Behavior, 48, 448–456.
Michelfelder, D., & Jones, S. A. (2013). Sustaining Engineering Codes of Ethics for the Twenty-First Century. Science and Engineering Ethics, 19(1), 237–258.
Park, E. (2014). Ethical Issues in Cyborg Technology: Diversity and Inclusion. NanoEthics, 8(3), 303–306.
Sadowski, B. M., Sadowski-Rasters, G., & Duysters, G. (2008). Transition of governance in a mature open software source community: Evidence from the Debian case. Information Economics and Policy, 20(4), 323–332.
Schwalbe, M. (2009). INEQUALITY AND THE SEDUCTIONS OF FALSE COMMUNITY. Michigan Sociological Review, 23(Fall 2009), 1–30.

One of the things I love most about working hard is tracking how hard I’m working. Total number of pages (in content listed above) read this month: 132 (Easy month!)