Science and technology are human endeavors, subject to influence by the biases of people. In the pursuit of science, people have often replicated power structures that reinforce the disenfranchisement and exclusion communities. In the American context, this has historically centered on the exclusion of people of color from work in scientific and technical communities.
Code for Science & Society strives to be a community leader on issues around meaningfully inclusive public interest technology across domains. We do this through work with our Sponsored Projects and Collaborative Communities Programs. When working with sponsored projects, CS&S focuses on helping projects grow sustainable, inclusive culture through evolving governance, working transparently, encouraging open dialogue around building leadership skills. Our Collaborative Communities program focuses on building capacity on the open source ecosystem. The Open Source Alliance for Open Scholarship Handbook Project, includes a frequently referenced definition of Open Scholarship, where equity and inclusion are central.
Ongoing work with inclusion professionals DeEtta Jones & Associates will focus on the challenging conversations about inclusion that are happening (and often not happening) in the open source and science space. Our work with DeEtta Jones is summarized here. We co-organize csv,conf, which brings together a diverse global data science community - read reactions to our 2019 event from Julia Lowndes and Soila Kenya.
As nonprofit home of multiple sponsored projects, CS&S oversees project leaders and teams, who will also collaborate with staff at outside organizations. By centering transparency and governance with our projects and leaning in to organizational and community growth, we hope to continue to lead as a voice for meaningful inclusive practices in open source and science.
Our direct plans to incorporate diverse representation our projects: