[Changeset Consulting updates] Read the Docs and Tidelift, archetypes, tutorials, referrals, and more

Sumana Harihareswara sh at changeset.nyc
Wed Jul 25 23:09:11 EDT 2018


Hi, newsletter subscribers! Thanks for being interested in Changeset
Consulting and my open source project management work.

I'll talk a little about Changeset's client projects, then tell you
about grants you can apply for and useful new tools and resources,
refer you to a few other consultants you should know about, and
mention Changeset's availability for new work.


Client work
-----------

You're getting a preview here of some blurbs I'll be posting on changeset.nyc, and a blog post or two!

* Read the Docs gives developers easy turnkey documentation hosting
  (and building and versioning), free for open source projects
  <http://readthedocs.io/> and paid for companies who want private
  docs <https://readthedocs.com/>. Changeset (in this case, me + Jason
  Owen) has just started assessing their current work backlog and
  developer/sysadmin experience. Next, we'll streamline Read the
  Docs's work processes and help them articulate and clarify the
  product roadmap.

* The Econ-ARK scientific computing project has a new site
  <http://econ-ark.org/>. Changeset's working on Econ-ARK in
  partnership with Open Tech Strategies
  <https://opentechstrategies.com/> to help more social scientists do
  structural modeling. How can we better predict how policy changes
  will affect different people and organizations? Changeset and OTS
  are helping overhaul the new user and developer experience for the
  toolkit, so researchers can test and share their models more easily,
  and make science more reproducible.

* Tidelift <http://tidelift.com/> is making open source more
  dependable -- businesses buy subscriptions to the FLOSS they use,
  and Tidelift funnels that money to the maintainers, who can then
  focus on keeping that software supported and secure. Tidelift asked
  me to help them better work with the Python community, and I'm happy
  to be paid to occasionally advise them.


Grants
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July 31st is the deadline for an exciting new grant from the Digital
Impact Alliance <http://www.osc.dial.community/grants.html>.

> DIAL and the Open Source Center are excited to offer this first
  round of strategic grants for open source software projects serving
  the international development and humanitarian sectors.

> For as many as 5 grant awards, DIAL anticipates providing up to
  $900,000 USD total and up to 480 hours total of complementary
  in-kind technical assistance through participation in the Open
  Source Center program. This award is expected to span six months of
  project activity, with an option to extend.

> Applications Due: Tuesday, 31 July 2018 at 5:00pm EST
> Awards Announced: First week of August (Subject to Change)

> Eligible proposals will involve one or more of the following
  activity categories:

> * Enterprise-Level Quality Improvements
> * Multi-stakeholder Collaboration
> * Platform Building and Generalization
> * Product Consolidation
> * Managing Upstream Dependencies and Downstream Forks

More Q&A about these:
<https://forum.osc.dial.community/t/strategic-grants-q-a-june-2018/335>

My sense is that they're interested in helping both projects that
specifically target humanitarian/international development needs (like
Sahana) and upstream software that undergirds that kind of work. So,
if you want to upstream Public Lab https://github.com/publiclab
improvements to Leaflet, I bet that would fit.

And the Ford Foundation's just blogged about five other organizations
funding public interest technology:
<https://www.fordfound.org/ideas/equals-change-blog/posts/five-more-orgs-ready-to-invest-in-publicinteresttech-today/>


Tools and resources
-------------------

* The Teaching Tech Together handbook gives you a tested,
  research-based guide to teaching technological skills outside
  traditional classrooms. Learn how people learn, how to design and
  teach effective lessons, and
  more. CC-BY. <http://teachtogether.tech/>

* I wrote about why libraries.io is a component of the infrastructure
  of maintainer
  hospitality. <https://www.harihareswara.net/sumana/2018/07/18/1>

* The new Field Guide To Open Source Project Archetypes, written by
  Open Tech Strategies (one of my clients), brings patterns into focus
  to help us understand why different businesses, orgs, and volunteer
  groups do what they do. I've already used it to better plan a client
  engagement. <https://blog.mozilla.org/blog/2018/05/15/whats-your-open-source-strategy-here-are-10-answers/>

* Run your own mail servers? EFF announces "STARTTLS Everywhere:
  Securing Hop-to-Hop Email
  Delivery". <https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2018/06/announcing-starttls-everywhere-securing-hop-hop-email-delivery>

* "As of January 1, 2020, companies around the world will have to
  comply with additional regulations related to processing of personal
  data of California residents." Lothar Determann wrote up the new
  California Consumer Privacy Act, who needs to comply, and how, at
  the International Association of Privacy Professionals site
  <https://iapp.org/news/a/analysis-the-california-consumer-privacy-act-of-2018/>.

* Python packaging experts have just overhauled their intro packaging
  tutorial. "This tutorial walks you through how to package a simple
  Python project. It will show you how to add the necessary files and
  structure to create the package, how to build the package, and how
  to upload it to the Python Package Index."
  <https://packaging.python.org/tutorials/packaging-projects/>

* PyPI package maintainers, please verify your account email addresses
  so you can keep releasing new versions to PyPI. Explanation:
  <https://mail.python.org/mm3/archives/list/distutils-sig@python.org/message/5ER2YET54CSX4FV2VP24JA57REDDW5OI/>


Referrals
---------

* Nathaniel J. Smith has some consulting availability for the next few
  months. "I'd be especially interested if anyone wants to pay for
  work on Trio or Python async more generally (e.g. adding async
  support to urllib3/requests)." The kinds of things he does:
  <https://vorpus.org/blog/a-farewell-to-the-berkeley-institute-for-data-science/>

* Keffy R. M. Kehrli does podcast transcription for USD $50 per audio
  hour, with a ~24 hour turnaround. <http://www.keffy.com/hire-me/> A
  pretty good deal, in my experience!

* Your small tech org, user group, or open source community could, for
  just USD $200, get a code of conduct evaluation, a report, and a
  half-hour meeting about next steps. The expert offering this service
  is Audrey Eschright, and given Eschright's expertise, this is
  tremendous value for money, in my
  opinion. <http://lifeofaudrey.com/2018/07/16/coc-consult.html>

* Jason Owen, a DevOps specialist with strong experience as a
  developer, DBA, and systems administrator, is particularly
  interested in implementing and fixing build and continuous
  integration setups. In terms of languages and platforms he's a
  polyglot (Java, Clojure, Groovy, Ruby, Python, JavaScript, Bash,
  Powershell, etc.) with strong Linux
  experience. <https://jasonaowen.net/>


Availability
------------

Changeset is available for new engagements starting in November. Reply
and we can set up a free initial consultation.

And I am available for talks
<https://www.harihareswara.net/talks.html> starting in 2019, and would
particularly like to talk with your community about real-world release
management.

Best wishes, as always.

--
Sumana Harihareswara
Changeset Consulting
http://changeset.nyc



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