This Saturday, OSMI founder Ed Finkler will be representing our organization's work at a free workshop called "Prioritize Your Mental Health" at the MatchBOX coworking space in Lafayette, IN. He will be joined by Erin Walker of Mental Health America, who will give an overview of stress management and coping skills. If you're located in or near Lafayette, definitely come check out this workshop! More details on Facebook.
Here at Open Sourcing Mental Illness, we are dedicated to raising awareness, educating, and providing resources to support mental wellness in the tech and open source communities. Some of the most active volunteers in our organization are women, and one of our new projects this year is having some sort of presence at the 2017 Grace Hopper Celebration for Women in Computing, exact details still TBD. If you have other ideas for how we can even better support the women in our communities, please reach out; we're always open to exploring new initiatives.
Last fall, we took over management of the Devpressed forums by Greg Baugues; they can now be found at forums.osmihelp.org. It's a great resource if you have a mental illness and want to talk to fellow developers, or even if you don't but just want to help support your peers. (All credit to Greg for kicking things off; we're just helping him out by keeping it going.)
And if you have any ideas for how to make the forums better, please let us know! In keeping with our "open source" approach to all things, we're always open to suggestions for improvement.
Data Society is an online training program for those interested in becoming data scientists. They recently came up with an idea to have a monthly "Dataset Challenge" using real-world datasets on data.world; you can read more about the partnership between Data Society and data.world in this Medium post.
It just so happens that the OSMI 2016 survey results were already up on data.world and ready for analysis, so we're very grateful to have been chosen as the data source for the inaugural "Dataset Challenge"! Hopefully that means we'll get some fresh eyes on the results, with new ideas for how to analyze them.
To participate in the challenge, post an analysis or visualization on the “Data Society Challenge” discussion thread by April 1, 2017. You may also want to check out our Hypotheses & Questions thread. Impressive entries will be highlighted in data.world’s Datasets Digest newsletter as well as Data Society's newsletter, featured in data.world’s Distinct Values blog, and promoted on social media. Plus, data.world will send the top five challenge participants a data.world swag bag.
Just a friendly reminder that since OSMI is now a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, all donations are tax-deductible and should qualify for employee matching gift programs. If your employer has such a program, please tell them about us! Send them to our website, show off our useful resources including our PDF handbooks, and our donation information on CrowdRise.