Badges distributed by Zephyr that software projects display in their GitHub repositories are a simple and low-stakes way for Zephyr to signal our support for software development projects.
The Software Badging Project Management Group (aka, the “Badgers”), initially divided ourselves into the following four teams:
- Tech: this team focused on building out the technology to support the deployment of badges;
- Image: this team focused on building versions of what the badge would look like;
- Criteria: this team focused on what criteria we should use to award badges; and,
- Process: this team focused on what the process should be to award badges.
The “criteria” issue was, as expected, the most difficult – but also the most collaborative, interesting, and awarding.
The badge program should have the following features:
- An open application process in which software projects are reviewed for features such as openness, community involvement, continuous integration and/or other good coding practices, relationship to improving travel analysis, etc;
- Annual project audits to assess progress and adherence to standards;
- API-based badge that can be rendered in a GitHub markdown page; and,
- Potentially used as a consideration in awarding Zephyr grants.
- Establish PMG [complete]
- Beta-version of the minimally-viable badging technology, demonstrated here;
- Internal draft of criteria document (complete);
- Initial customer feedback interviews (complete);
- Public draft criteria document (goal: April 1, 2019);
- Public draft process form or forms (goal: May 1, 2019);
- Public draft badge image (goal: April 1, 2019);
- Beta badging process in place for submittals (goal: April 15, 2019).
Feedback + Involvement
Feedback or requests to be involved can be sent to to the Software Badging chair: [email protected].
This project is overseen by a board-approved Project Management Group (PMG) as follows:
- David Ory, WSP Inc. (Chair)
- Kat Busch, Sidewalk Labs
- Billy Charlton, TU Berlin (Board Representative)
- Dan Florian, INRO
- Jeffrey Newman, Cambridge Systematics
- Ben Stabler, RSG
- Kyle Ward, Caliper
- Lisa Zorn, Metropolitan Transportation Commission
2019-01-15 The Software Badging Project Management Group met at the TRB Annual Meeting in Washington DC.