[Changeset Consulting updates] Read the Docs and Tidelift, archetypes, tutorials, referrals, and more
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.
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
* 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.
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
> * Enterprise-Level Quality Improvements
> * Multi-stakeholder Collaboration
> * Platform Building and Generalization
> * Product Consolidation
> * Managing Upstream Dependencies and Downstream Forks
More Q&A about these:
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:
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
* 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
* Run your own mail servers? EFF announces "STARTTLS Everywhere:
Securing Hop-to-Hop Email
* "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
* 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."
* PyPI package maintainers, please verify your account email addresses
so you can keep releasing new versions to PyPI. Explanation:
* 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:
* 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
* 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
Powershell, etc.) with strong Linux
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
Best wishes, as always.
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