Phew! We’re back!
The CouchDB blog has been on hibernation hiatus for the last few months but have no fear–Summer is Coming! and the blog is back in action (take that, GoT).
To kickstart the content, let’s talk about a core element of the CouchDB universe: open source.
A Matter of Course
We welcome your contributions. CouchDB is an open source project. Everything, from this website to the core of the database itself, has been contributed by helpful individuals. The time and attention of our contributors is our most precious resource, and we always need more of it. Our primary goal is to build a welcoming, supporting, inclusive and diverse community. We abide by Code of Conduct and a set of Project Bylaws. Come join us!
Want to Contribute to CouchDB?
- CouchDB Core. Help shape the future of CouchDB! There’s still plenty of work to be done on the core database. We use GitHub to track issues and pull requests.
- Documentation. Docs can be improved indefinitely. If you’ve got a flair for technical writing, help us make the docs clearer, better structured, or even translate them.
- Guidance. You can be the first person someone interacts with when they have a question. Giving guidance is a great way to help others while learning CouchDB.
- Website. Got a few suggestions for the very website you’re reading right now? Think the UX, copy, or layout could be better? Welcome! We’d love to hear from you.
- Marketing. We’re not just building a database – we’re crafting the CouchDB story. Help us promote CouchDB: plan meetups, make video tutorials, write blog posts.
We hope you’ll pull up a sofa cushion and take a seat at the community table–all are welcome.
Let’s All Be More Open
Open source is more than just software, it’s a frame of mind–and it’s changing the world. Groups like opensource.com look to apply the powerful model of openness to the world beyond technology and, like software, change it for the better. Here are some key tenants they call The Open Source Way:
We can learn more from each other when information is open. A free exchange of ideas is critical to creating an environment where people are allowed to learn and use existing information toward creating new ideas.
When we are free to collaborate, we create. We can solve problems that no one person may be able to solve on their own.
Rapid prototypes can lead to rapid failures, but that leads to better solutions found faster. When you’re free to experiment, you can look at problems in new ways and look for answers in new places. You can learn by doing.
In a meritocracy, the best ideas win. In a meritocracy, everyone has access to the same information. Successful work determines which projects rise and gather effort from the community.
Communities are formed around a common purpose. They bring together diverse ideas and share work. Together, a global community can create beyond the capabilities of any one individual. It multiplies effort and shares the work. Together, we can do more.
We’re all on this couch together!
We’ve got more great content coming your way. Please consider joining the fun! If there’s content you’d like to contribute or something you’d like to see covered on the CouchDB blog, we would love to accommodate. Email us!
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