Community Call – Involving Multilingual Communities

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rOpenSci’s community is increasingly international and multilingual. While we have operated primarily in English, we now receive submissions of packages from authors whose primary language is not. As we expand our community in this way, we want to learn from the experience of other organizations. How can we manage our peer-review process and open-source projects to be welcoming to non-native English speakers?

Our guest speakers will include:

  • Rayna Harris, who has co-led work with The Carpentries in internationalization of curricula.
  • Emilio Bruna, who as editor-in-chief of Biotropica, manages a journal with a heavily tropical-country audience and authorship base.

The call will be moderated by Melina Vidoni, an associate editor for rOpenSci software peer review. There will be 20 minutes for Q & A following the presentations.

We want to hear from you!

What has been useful or not useful in building mutlilingual communities and projects you have been involved in?

In what ways is language a barrier to your becoming more involved with organizations like rOpenSci?

Add your comments below and we’ll organize our panel questions and topics around your contributions and questions.

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Join the Call

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☎️ Find details to join the Call. Everyone is welcome. No RSVP needed.

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Melina Vidoni Melina Vidoni has an Information Systems Engineering degree, as well as a PhD in the same area. She is a newly joined academic in the School of Science, Computer Science & Software Engineering, at RMIT University, in Melbourne Australia. In 2018 she founded R-Ladies Santa Fe, in Argentina, and is currently an Associate Editor for rOpenSci Software Peer Review.
Melina on GitHub, Twitter, Website

Emilio Bruna Emilio Bruna is a Distinguished Teaching Scholar and Professor in the Department of Wildlife Ecology & Conservation & Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Florida, Director of the Florida-Brazil Linkage Institute, and Editor-in-Chief of the journal, Biotropica
Emilio on GitHub, Twitter, Website

Rayna Harris Rayna Harris is a post-doctoral scholar at the University of California, Davis, studying the neuro-molecular mechanisms that regulate parental care in rock doves. She a volunteer instructor trainer, lesson developer, and Spanish translator for The Carpentries, and a 2019 AAAS Community Engagement Fellow.
Rayna on GitHub, Twitter, Website

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