Women in Open Source and Emergent Gaming Behavior

by Daniel H. Steinberg

How do we go about attracting more women to write open source code? Danese Cooper has been looking at different models that work and is trying to spread the word. We also continue our conversation with Jane McGonigal about super gaming. This week she talks about the community that surrounds some of her games and some of the emerging patterns that she has noted. (DTF 04-24-2006: 21 minutes 40 seconds)

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Distributing the Future April 24, 2006: "Women in Open Source and Emergent Gaming Behavior"

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1:27 Women in Open Source

Danese Cooper talks about what the Debian Women group is doing to recruit and support more female Debian developers. Danese has been looking at how to more generally increase the number of female open source developers and talks to us about some of the issues. The Apache Software Foundation is sponsoring a mailing list for (10:55)

12:22 Emergent Gaming Behavior

This is the second part of our conversation with Jane McGonigal recorded at last autumn's FOO Camp. In this portion of the interview, she talks about the emergent behavior that results from getting that many people involved in the same game. She discusses trends she has noticed and some of the community building that has resulted. You can read more about Jane on her Avant Game website. She's also blogging her dissertation on The Best Sentence of the Day. (8:30)

Total running time: 21:40

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Production Notes

The initial montage is from Tim O'Reilly, recorded at OSCON '04 and in a phone interview with Doug Kaye of IT Conversations, and is used with permission. "The future is here, it's just not evenly distributed yet" is a quote from author William Gibson that Tim used with attribution.

The credits, including special thanks to David Battino for composing and performing the theme music. David can be found at and also edits O'Reilly's Digital Audio site. David provided a lot of help and feedback getting this program launched. We used Soundtrack Pro, Bias Peak, and Audio Hijack Pro to put it together.

Daniel H. Steinberg is the editor for the new series of Mac Developer titles for the Pragmatic Programmers. He writes feature articles for Apple's ADC web site and is a regular contributor to Mac Devcenter. He has presented at Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference, MacWorld, MacHack and other Mac developer conferences.

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