This is a request for your participation in a web-based online survey on
women in open source software. This is survey is part of a research project
being conducted by Vandana Singh, an Associate Professor at School of
information Sciences, University of Tennessee. The objectives of this
study are to explore the status of women involved in Open Source Software
communities and to develop a better understanding of opportunities and
challenges in this setting.
You have to be above 18 years of age and involved in Open Source Software
communities to participate in this survey. It should take about 30 minutes
to complete this survey. Please click on the link below to begin the survey.
Your participation in this survey is voluntary. You may refuse to take
part in the research or exit the survey at any time without penalty. You
are free to decline to answer any particular question you do not wish to
answer for any reason.
You will receive no direct benefits from participating in this research
study. However, your responses may help us learn more about the status of
women in open source software development.
At the end of the survey you will be asked if you are interested in
participating in an additional interview [by phone, via video conferencing
or email]. If you chose to volunteer for this interview, you will provide
contact information to the researcher and therefore your survey responses
will no longer be anonymous to the researcher. There is a possible risk of
breach of confidentiality if you chose to interview via email. The
researcher has signed a confidentiality pledge to maintain your
confidentiality at all stages. No names or identifying information would be
included in any publications or presentations based on these data, and your
responses will remain confidential. The interview will be recorded and
transcribed. The transcribed interviews will be stored on OneDrive with
transmission and storage encryption to ensure confidentiality. After one
year, the interview tapes will be destroyed. All the identifiers from the
transcribed data will be removed and data with no identifiers will be
stored and used for further analysis. The recordings from the interview
will be destroyed within one year of the creation of the recording.
If you have questions at any time about the study or the procedures, you
may contact Vandana Singh at 865-974-2785 <(865)%20974-2785> or
If you feel you have not been treated according to the descriptions in this
form, or that your rights as a participant in research have not been
honored during the course of this project, or you have any questions,
concerns, or complaints that you wish to address to someone other than the
investigator, you may contact the University of Tennessee IRB Compliance
Officer at utkirb(a)utk.edu or (865) 974-7697.
*Vandana Singh, PhD*
School of Information Sciences,
University of Tennessee, Knoxville,
453 Communications Building,
1345 Circle Park Drive,
Knoxville, TN 37996-0341,
Phone : (865) 974-2785.
ILS Portal from IMLS Project – http://opensource-ils.cci.utk.edu/
Women of Open Source Software: http://scholar.cci.utk.edu/woss/woss