I am about to complete my second chapter of my master's thesis, which covers the context of women's participation in Free and Open Source Software development projects. It is an introduction chapter, which will collect viewpoints from authors who have already written on this topic. My suggestions on how to approach the issue will come at the very end of this part, and also from then on, all the rest of the thesis.
So, for this time, I have made a considerable bibliographic list of articles of researchers and activists under FOSS and Women keywords. Here are some of the most interesting ones:
On the first place, there is the LinuxChix bibliographic content Women in Open Source/Free Software bibliography. This content is Ok, but mostly covers newspapers articles and slides presentations (which is not bad, but is not enough for my research).
- Nafus, Dawn, James Leach and Bernhard Krieger. Free/Libre and Open Source Software: Policy Support. Deliverable D16. Gender: Integrated Report of Findings. 2006.
- Lin, Yuweil. 2005a. A Techno-Feminist Perspective on the Free/Libre Open Source Software Development (PDF). Department of Information Systems and Logistics Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Original link here.
- Lin, Yuwei. 2005b. Inclusion, diversity and gender equality: Gender Dimensions of the Free/Libre Open Source Software Development (PDF). Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam / University of York. Original link here
- Henson, Val. 2002. How to encourage women in Linux, The Linux Documentation Project. Online book.
- Levesque, Michelle and Greg Wilson, Women in Software: Open Source, Cold Shoulder, Software Development Online, November 2004.
- Metiu, Anca and Otilia Obodaru. Women's Professional Identity Formation in the Free/Open Source Software Community. Working Paper. ESSEC Research Centre. ESSEC Business School. 2008.
- Palmieri, Joelle. 2004. The Free Concept: the Gender Law. The text is originally written in French (see below). Here is another link to the same text.
Case studies and other articles
- Selaimen, Graciela. 2006. Women developing FLOSS - freedom for knowledge free from prejudice
- Lyman, Jay. 2005. Getting in touch with the feminine side of open source
- Weiden, Fernanda G. 2005.Women in Free Software. Groklaw, 2005.
- Cinko, Cheekay. 2006. We assume FOSS benefits all equally. But does it really?
- Hunter. Rosalin. 2006-2008. Becoming a free software developer?, part I-V (Why am I not a free software developer. Free Software Magazine. A bit populist, and also based on personal experience.
Articles in French
- Palmieri, Joëlle. 2004. Libre : la loi du genre and another link
- De Clercq, Liz. 2005. Le Logiciel libre a le vent en poupe !
- Les logiciels libres : une stratégie féministe ?
- Rassel, Laurence. 2006. Femmes et logiciels libres, un enjeu de société.
- De Clercq, Liz. 2007. La communauté du logiciel libre, peu accueillante envers les femmes. Hacker ou macho alternatif ?
- Les logiciels libres et le genre
To be continued...