Episode 57

The Ins and Outs of Large Scale Research


22 April 2022

35 mins 11 secs

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About this Episode

Hello and welcome to CHAOSScast Community podcast, where we share use cases and experiences with measuring open source community health. Elevating conversations about metrics, analytics, and software from the Community Health Analytics Open Source Software, or short CHAOSS Project, to wherever you like to listen. Today, we are excited to have as our guest, Hilary Carter, who is the Vice President of Research at the Linux Foundation where she leads the creation of decision-useful insights into the open source technologies and standards underpinning much of the digital infrastructure on which the global economy depends. Today’s discussion focuses on the Linux Foundation Research. Hilary goes in depth with the planning process on what she chooses to investigate, their process of surveys and collecting trace data, metrics, and some surprises she learned about research in the open source community. Download this episode now to find out much more, and don’t forget to subscribe for free to this podcast on your favorite podcast app and share this podcast with your friends and colleagues!

[00:02:09] Hilary tells us her background and how she got to be the VP of Research at the Linux Foundation.

[00:04:02] What is Hilary’s planning and scoping process to choose what she chooses to investigate?

[00:07:01] When Hilary talks about the open source paradigm and the framework built around it, we learn where she sees the community within that.

[00:08:35] Since Hilary has been in her role for a year, she explains some things she was surprised to learn about research in this area.

[00:10:59] Sophia wonders how Hilary has had to adapt her research processes in order to develop methodologies in this new format.

[00:16:00] Georg wonders how much Hilary leverages the LFX insights platform and how much other data does she collect about communities without having to incentivize people.

[00:20:02] Kate asks if there are areas Hilary would like to see more standard metrics evolve to make it easier to match things up and get insight.

[00:24:10] We learn how Hilary is creating research for specific users or personas.

[00:26:38] Sophia brings up a great question to Hilary about how we can coordinate as a community so we can collaborate and work more in tandem with each other.

[00:29:24] Hilary talks about establishing a working group to share ideas within the community.

[00:30:13] Find out where you can follow Hilary and her work online.

Value Adds (Picks) of the week:

  • [00:31:02] Georg’s pick is going on a family road trip for Spring Break.
  • [00:31:40] Hilary’s pick is working remotely from her cottage this summer.
  • [00:32:26] Kate’s pick is reviewing the submissions for OSS NA tracks.
  • [00:32:44] Sophia’s pick is her travel yoga mat and using it for trips.


  • Georg Link
  • Kate Stewart
  • Sophia Vargas


Hilary Carter




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