Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder


31 Mar 2014, 13:10 p.m.

UX Is A Social Justice Issue

On March 25th, I had the honour of addressing the Code4Lib conference as their opening keynote speaker. My topic: "User Experience Is A Social Justice Issue".   ....Maybe another way of thinking about it is, …

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20 Mar 2014, 0:10 a.m.


I just reread Lee Iacocca's autobiography, in which he mentioned the loop apprenticeship he did when he first got to Ford. Fog Creek's SMTP and the vaunted Procter & Gamble apprenticeships are a bit like …

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05 Mar 2014, 23:25 p.m.

Open Source Jobs (We're Hiring)

The Wikimedia Foundation, which employs me, is hiring, a lot. We need your help to: write code to try new ways to encourage people to edit Wikipedia (Growth engineer) keep our users' data safe (operations …

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26 Feb 2014, 18:10 p.m.

Some Help for New Open Source People

Wikimedia is participating in this year's Google Summer of Code internships and Outreach Program for Women. This week we are seeing a bunch of new folks try to learn how to navigate the world of …

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09 Feb 2014, 10:19 a.m.

Open Source Careers

Yesterday I spoke at an OpenHatch Open Source Comes to Campus event on the other side of the country. The organizers set up a video conference and asked me, and two other people who work …

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14 Jan 2014, 12:20 p.m.

Hidden Jewels of the RFC or PEP Process

I've been looking into other open source projects' processes for making big architectural changes, to help improve MediaWiki's process. Some have Requests for Comment processes, separate from normal bug/enhancement tickets. Some don't. Some have voting, …

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06 Jan 2014, 18:37 p.m.


What do you know about pipe organs? Several years ago, all I knew about organs I'd learned from a few pages in Cryptonomicon comparing them to vacuum-tube computers. And I liked their sound. I was …

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30 Nov 2013, 17:37 p.m.

Round Seven of OPW

Congratulations to all six of the Wikimedia's chosen participants in the current round of FOSS Outreach Program for Women internships. I'm especially glad I was able to help Maria Pacana and Be Birchall, my colleagues …

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15 Nov 2013, 14:44 p.m.

Code4Lib, Open Data, Open Access, and Fighting Systemic Bias

"Missing from Wikipedia" (code) makes me happy. I presented about it yesterday at Hacker School, asked a fellow HSer to discuss his critique of my code, and - live! on stage! - merged his pull …

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13 Nov 2013, 7:38 a.m.

Missing From Wikipedia: Tool to Help Fight Systemic Bias

This week I wrote a tool I currently call "missing from Wikipedia" although the name may change. You feed it a list of people's names and the language Wikipedia you want to check, and it …

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