Training the future workforce through task Curation in an OSS Ecosystem

Anita Sarma, Marco Aurélio Gerosa, Igor Steinmacher, Rafael Leano

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16 Scopus citations

Abstract

Volunteers to Open Source Software (OSS) projects contribute not only to help create the software that they use, but also to gain skills and enrich their expertise and resumes. However, newcomers to OSS face several challenges when joining a project. Particularly, they do not know where to start, or choose tasks that they can be successful at. Our vision, BugExchange, is a system that curates tasks from OSS projects to help train newcomers. While evaluating and executing these tasks, newcomers can gain an understanding about the project, its technology, and concepts. There are many challenges in designing such a system. For example, identifying the information needs of newcomers, creating task recommendations that match newcomers' skills and career goals, and providing mentoring and networking support. BugExchange has the potential to improve newcomer learning experiences, reduce dropouts, and foster community building.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationFSE 2016 - Proceedings of the 2016 24th ACM SIGSOFT International Symposium on Foundations of Software Engineering
EditorsZhendong Su, Thomas Zimmermann, Jane Cleland-Huang
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Pages932-935
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781450342186
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2016
Externally publishedYes
Event24th ACM SIGSOFT International Symposium on Foundations of Software Engineering, FSE 2016 - Seattle, United States
Duration: Nov 13 2016Nov 18 2016

Publication series

NameProceedings of the ACM SIGSOFT Symposium on the Foundations of Software Engineering
Volume13-18-November-2016

Conference

Conference24th ACM SIGSOFT International Symposium on Foundations of Software Engineering, FSE 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySeattle
Period11/13/1611/18/16

Keywords

  • Newcomers
  • Onboarding
  • Open source projects
  • Task labeling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software

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