[Announce] Take the Ada Initiative Census of women in open technology and culture

Mary Gardiner mary at adainitiative.org
Thu Mar 10 00:26:55 UTC 2011

The Ada Initiative (http://adainitiative.org/) is a newly-formed
organisation which aims to support and promote women in open
technology and culture. We’ve just launched our first annual census —
a broad survey of open technology and culture participants — to find
out more about what projects and communities people are involved in,
and how they feel about women’s inclusion and representation in the

We use the term “open technology and culture” to refer to a wide range
of activities and communities based around free/open licenses, and
other forms of open, decentralised, and grassroots participation in
technology and related fields. This includes:

   Open source/free software
   Open source hardware
   Open geodata and maps
   Open government
   Open data
   Open standards and formats
   Open educational initiatives (open access journals, open source
curricula, etc)
   Open/decentralised social networking (including Diaspora, StatusNet, etc)
   Creative Commons and free culture
   Wikipedia and other wikis
   Open crisis response and humanitarian projects
   Barcamps and unconferences
   Online/digital activism
   Remix/mashup culture
   Transformative works fandom, including fan fiction, fan art, and fan vidding
   Maker/DIY community
   Hacker spaces

If you’re involved in any of the above areas, we’d like to get to know
who you are, what you’re working on, and your thoughts on how women
are doing in your community. We welcome participation by people of any
gender, although we are particularly interested in women’s responses.

The survey only takes about five minutes, and can be found at

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