Category Archives: Ubuntu Scientists

Center for Open Science Workshop at University of Cincinnati

The main library of university that I go to, University of Cincinnati, hosted a workshop from Center for Open Science on March 12th.  The workshop was over reproducible research practices and how can Open Science help it- mainly with the Center of Open Science’s framework.  Since I’m a (clueless) biology undergrad with barely any research experience, I learned a lot from it and new things, again mainly with their framework.

I heard of the Center and their framework about a year ago and I had no clue of how to test it or even use it for something.  But after this workshop, I think I may have an idea for a personal or a Ubuntu Scientists (or another Open Science group) project to work on improving/teaching documentation for research or another aspect/step of the process.  I also want to figure out how to do outreach also.


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Personal Goals for Ubuntu 15.04

I thought I written post for 14.10 but I didn’t…I think real life was too stressful on me at that time, but I wrote one for 14.04.

Between the 14.04 cycle and the 14.10 cycle, I completed one of the six (6) or so goals and I’m working on one them, which   I understand why I was not able to complete the other four (4) (or so) goals and I will explain why:

Ubuntu Doc Team

I learned that the main focus of the the Doc team should be the desktop/server docs not the wiki.  But still, there should be a some group of people that should be the admins of the wiki.  What is really required is recruiting experts on the subject matter to update the wiki pages along with the wiki admins to rename and delete pages.

Ubuntu Ohio Team

I learned that most of the LoCo’s are dead and Ubuntu Ohio is one of them.  Or I am not putting in enough energy in recruiting people into the LoCo.  Or not networking enough.

Ubuntu Women

I learned that we don’t have resources to run an outreach program.  But I learned that there is other ways to do “outreach”.

Between the time that I started to get involved and now, I joined three teams and was elected as an Elected Leader and as a Memebership Board member.  I created new goals as I failed many of them to many factors.  These are:

Ubuntu Doc Team

Nothing for now.

Ubuntu Oho Team

Nothing for now.

Ubuntu Women

I have three (3) goals, two of which are sub-goals of the main goal: help get more women involved with Ubuntu and FOSS.  The other one is related to the main goal of help get more women involved but it’s a collaboration between another team.

The first two goals are finish the Orientation Quiz and publish it, and get Harvest developed enough for anyone to use.  The other goal is to start a collaboration Ubuntu Scientists since that was one thing that was brought up while working on the Orientation Quiz.

Ubuntu Scientists

The collaboration project mainly and perhaps one of the other goals of the team. And also try to get the team active.

Ubuntu Leadership

Most likely, the goal is to collect information on issues that leaders face and write those articles.  And also try to get the team active.




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UOS 14.06 Summary and Lessons Learned (as a Track Lead)

The UOS 14.06 was last week during June 12 to June 14 and it was the first one that I was able to be there for the whole thing and I was a track lead for the Community Track which I feel that I ended up running most of the show along with Daniel Holbach.  To the other track leads of the same track, I mean no offence.  :)  Because this was my first full UOS, I tired myself out quickly after each day (the weather was gloomy all three days too), I had no mood to do anything else after and this is why this blog post is almost a week late.

First thing that I will share with you are the summaries for the Community track:

Introduction to Lubuntu: Phill Whiteside and Harry Webber talked about what Lubuntu is and what is planned.
Ubuntu Women Utopic Goals: To get more women involved in Ubuntu, the team has been looking into adding a “get involved quiz” to the website. The plan is now to get it up on The women’s team also want to take a look at Harvest and see how it could be improved to show new developers what needs to get done. The team website will also get more stories and updated best practices. More classroom sessions are planned as well.
Community Roundtable: A number of topics were discussed, among them dates for the next events. UOS dates will be picked soon, it was suggested to bring it back in line with the release cycle again. We will work with the LoCo community and Classroom team to organise the Global Jam and other events this cycle.
In the LoCo part of our community we want to look into making it easier to share stories and pictures of LoCo events and publish them on Planet. We also want to look into helping teams to train new coordinators and organisers on their teams.
From fix to image: how your patch makes it into Ubuntu: The CI team has put together an impressive process to get changes automatically built and tested. This makes it a lot easier to land high quality changes in Ubuntu. Łukasz Zemczak gave a great presentation on how this process works.
Ubuntu Documentation Team Roundtable: A number of initiatives were discussed to make it easier for newcomers to get involved with the team: a cleanup of current documentation and referring to it on and elsewhere. Regular meetings are planned again as well.
Kubuntu Documentation Team Roundtable June 2014: They talked about following Ubuntu GNOME and setting up a Kubuntu Promo team to help promote and gather contributors and then send them to the right team (Docs, Dev, etc) They are also talked about once or server things get setup we can work on to make it look more in line with the new kubuntu set.
Introduction to Ubuntu GNOME: Ali Linx talked about Ubuntu GNOME, the web site, and the history of the flavour. He and other team members also talked about plans for the website, mainly about art work.
App development training programme: In the last cycle some of our app developers went out to their LoCo meetings and did some app development workshops. We put together a plan to turn this into a more formal training programme, starting in phase 1 in July.
Ubuntu Scientists June 2014 Roundtable: The team reviewed the team’s wiki page and discussed a few changes to it, to make it more inviting and set clearer tasks for newcomers. Another idea was to interview scientist users about their use of Ubuntu and blog about it.

Thanks Daniel Holbach for the summaries and the links to the sessions are in the Community Track embedded link.  Sorry if it’s hard to read, I can’t fix this issue!

I went to other sessions but this my favorite:

And I still have some to watch!

Since I was a track lead, I have a few lessons that I learned:

  • Give enough notice to the team or group of people but I think this was completely my fault since the UOS organizers didn’t give us a month’s notice
  • Use Chrome not Firefox for Hangouts and if needed, restart your computer before the next Hangout.  I had issues with my netbook and my mic where no one was able to hear me.
  • Even though it’s suggested to set up the Hangout on Air ten minutes before, but if you have time, do it a bit early and check if you have any problems
  • You can host a session for someone else but you don’t need to say anything

I enjoyed this one but I think it could of been better, but I know that is getting worked on.


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Ubuntu Scientists Team Update: May 23, 2014

Today, the Ubuntu Scientists team had their first meeting.  As I said, this team is fairly new and we finally were able to have a meeting.  I was the chair and two others, Aleo and balachmar, were there.  Even though it was just three people, I would say that we got a lot of work done.  When I started the team, I had no idea on what to have on the team wiki pages but after the meeting along with the help from the others, I know what to write/place.

As a three person team, we have planed for:

  • Monthly Meetings on the same day of the month but the time might be different, and also rotating times/days were looked at
  • We might do a vUDS 14.06 track
  • We are working on the first and last goals, since they are the easiest
  • We have an idea on what pages we should add on our team pages

The main goal for the next meeting is to the get some of the wiki team pages planned and written out.  And to get some contacts from outside organizations that deal with science in the FOSS world.



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My Dream Job

I Twitted this awhile ago today:

and I thought I need to explain more in depth what my dream job is. Hopefully, what I write down is not that far-fetched for a job that exists.

What I want to do is to tie in my hobbies, computers, Ubuntu/FOSS, and the sense of community in these communities and what I do for them, and my degree that I’m getting, which is BS in biology with molecular and cellular biology as the focus.  The closest thing that I have in mind is a Community Manager type of job, just like Jono Bacon is looking for. I want to use my other skills that I gained from being involved with the Ubuntu Community, mainly running a WordPress Blog, editing MoinMoin wiki pages, and driving projects. The only skills that I lack are the coding/scripting skills and command line but I’m willing to learn those.

Even though I manage a team in the Ubuntu Community called Ubuntu Scientists, the team’s aim is different then my dream job since it’s aim is to have a network of scientists that use Ubuntu/Linux and have resources to help them.  Also, I hate to say this but I want to be paid for my work so I can have a living.

While money is the issue, it’s not the only one.  The other major issue is I think I will not be happy if I was a lab tech or even (if I go for my Masters or PhD) as a researcher.  I want to do both, community management and still work as a biologist.

If you have a position, please contact me at or comment below.  You may also make a connection with on LinkedIn.

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Posted by on April 24, 2014 in Ubuntu, Ubuntu Scientists


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Ubuntu Scientists Team

A month or so ago, I created a team for the scientists that use Ubuntu and its favours called the Ubuntu Scientists team.  The goal of the team is the closest to the Ubuntu Women team; which is to help women to get careers and acceptation in the FOSS/Ubuntu Linux Community.  But for the Ubuntu Scientists team, it’s to help scientists of all sorts (political, biological, chemists, ect.) to get careers and acceptation in the FOSS/Ubuntu Linux Community.

Since this team is new, there is a lot of work that is needed to be done and I’m seeking help.  Most of the help is required to get the team wiki pages set up.  I feel like there is more of information then what I have.  As I stated in this mailing-list thread, I’m looking for a person or two (or even more!) to help me to write some of the wiki pages for our team. Please reply to this e-mail if you have any questions or you want to help out.  If you want to join in to help me and the scientists in the Community, we have a LaunchPad team HERE.

There is also an IRC channel and it’s #ubuntu-scientists on

Hopefully, this team will grow and help scientists within the Community.

EDIT 1: balachmar, in the IRC channel of the team, asked me about the goals since I wasn’t clear:

[10:13] <balachmar> Do you want to help scientists find FLOSS alternatives, or do you want scientist to be more involved in Ubuntu, or actually try to convince scientist to make a career in FLOSS development?
[10:13] <belkinsa> All three of them. Really.


Posted by on March 26, 2014 in Ubuntu, Ubuntu Scientists


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