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Understanding developer advocacy in Wikipedia's technology landscape

Presented by: Srishti Sethi

[NOTE: due to technical difficulties, the end of the talk is missing]

Srishti is a Senior Developer Advocate at the Wikimedia Foundation, a non-profit behind Wikipedia and its sister projects. In her role, she supports the technical volunteer community through several projects. In the past decade, she has been a part of several free and open-source projects and communities in the education space in various roles (software engineer, researcher, educator, and community manager). She also recently co-founded Unstructured Studio, an educational non-profit engaging children from underserved communities in India in creative learning experiences. Srishti holds a Master's in Media Arts and Sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Description:This talk will begin by shining some light on the vastness of Wikipedia's technology landscape and the technical community behind it, supporting the development of projects in many different areas to set the room for understanding the need and role of developer advocacy for such a large community. It will then focus on the developer advocacy's role in engaging the technical community behind Wikipedia and its sister projects, for example, through dedicated FOSS outreach, mentoring programs and events, awards and ceremonies for developer recognition, grants and partnerships, community metrics and health, platforms and services, developer portal, and more. Through this talk, the audience will gain insights into what a good return on investment means for such initiatives in nonprofit organizations and gather new ideas for building stronger developer communities.


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7 months, 3 weeks ago

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This talk was presented at LibrePlanet.


LibrePlanet is the Free Software Foundation's annual conference. The FSF campaigns for free/libre software, meaning it respects users' freedom and community. We believe that users are entitled to this; all software should be free.


We do not advocate "open source".

That term was coined to reject our views. It refers to similar practices, but usually presented solely as advantageous, without talking of right and wrong.


Richard Stallman launched the free software movement in 1983 by announcing development of the free operating system, GNU. By 1992, GNU was nearly operational; one major essential component was lacking, the kernel.


In 1992, Torvalds freed the kernel Linux, which filled the last gap in GNU. Since then, the combined GNU/Linux system has run in millions of computers. Nowadays you can buy a new computer with a totally free GNU/Linux system preinstalled.


The views of the speaker may not represent the Free Software Foundation. The Foundation supports the free software cause and freedom to share, and basic freedoms in the digital domain, but has no position on other political issues.