SVAKSHA is a computing technologist and CS professional, an autodidact who crafts code in addition to being an active FOSS (Free Open Source Software) volunteer-contributor and advocate of Libre technology, with interests in computational science and pure Science. FOSS is the bedrock of the OpenAccess, OpenScience and OpenData movements and since 2005, she has worked with and contributed to the following Foss projects using the synecdoche {bahuvrihi in Sanskrit} mononym " स्वक्ष ", meaning "beautiful eyes" that philosophically characterizes the void , null or zero! ~ Creator, Maintainer, Contributor.

  • Diversity-Index , Creator+Maintainer, 2014Jul25―Present :: A curated list of grants, scholarships and FA that encourages diversity in STEM fields aimed at half the world's population - women (and those who identify as one) !
  • SOFTWARE-CARPENTRY, Instructor training, 2014May―2014Sep :: The first person resident in India who completed the 14-week Software-Carpentry instructor training program and became an instructor on 2014Sep18; and the tasks included teaching short lessons online, co-wrote the SQL setup page for the 2014-08-21-kiel workshop that was merged into the (erstwhile) 'bootcamp' repo via this commit .
  • MOZILLA SCIENCE , Contributor, 2014 :: Wrote the code review documentation notes.

 JULIA ~ Contributor, Developer.


  • Tomography.jl , Scientific Programmer, 2015Jul25―Present :: A Tomography library implementing the Radon transform algorithm in Julia language.
  • Julia.jl , Creator+Maintainer, 2013Sep―Present :: Curated decibans of Julia language packages with useful information about related language resources as part of OpenData efforts.
  • 2013Jun22 :: Organized a one-day Julia-language workshop led by Viral Shah the core-developer,, Bangalore, India.

 THE SCRIPPS RESEARCH INSTITUTE ~ Bioinformatics Developer Intern.

  • Worked on re-building the back-end architecture for an OpenAccess/OpenData gene annotation (bioinformatics) data retrieval and query service portal that served data with MongoDB in the backend. Spoke about it at Pycon-CA 2012 , Toronto.

 GOOGLE CODE-IN - APERTIUM ~ Technical Mentor.


  • Mentored students with Apertium software usage and installation issues on Debian & Ubuntu OS.
  • Provided guidance for technical tasks and verified their technical work (translation quality) for the Hindi language tasks during Google Code-In.

 GOOGLE SUMMER OF CODE - SYSTERS ~ Student Developer Intern.

  • Wrote Python code for the Patches, Release and Testing Automation Project for Systers , a US-registered non-profit organisation for Women in Computing.

 PYTHON ~ Contributor.


KDE-WOMEN ~ Contributor.

  • 2007Mar―2010May :: List administrator for the KDE-Women mailing list.

 UBUNTU ~ Contributor.


  • Ubuntu-Women , Founder, 2006Jan―Present :: Designed, created, wrote and maintained the contents for the initial static HTML pages (which was used till 2012), including some wiki pages on the UW website wiki. Currently, the administrator for the UW mailing list and IRC channel, provide technical support and mentor women to participate and contribute to FOSS.
  • 2006Jun―2011Apr :: Was an editor at Ubuntu-Fridge , and was on the Ubuntu bug-squad team till 2008. On 2006AUG22, she became an Ubuntu member but did not renew the membership when it expired in 2008. Her Launchpad account and an old, unmaintained Ubuntu Wiki Page with details of old Ubuntu contributions.
  • Ubuntu-India , Co-founder, 2006Mar :: Had to leave the team within a few weeks because of harassment , sexism and misogyny .

 DEBIAN ~ Contributor (Localization).

  • 2005Oct :: Wrote a Sanskrit (SA) language locale , which is available in the Debian package “belocs-locales-data” and also in package “locales (version: 2.3.5-6)”.

 LINUXCHIX ~ Contributor.




  • 2015JUL23 :: Invited Speaker, Talk: "Bootstrap your FOSS journey with Julia ", FSMK-Camp , Bengaluru, India.
  • 2012NOV11 :: Invited speaker, Talk: “MongoDB and Gene Databases”, Pycon-CA, Toronto, Canada.
  • 2008AUG08 :: Speaker, Talk: “How to contribute to FOSS”, FOSS conference, Hyderabad, India.



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॥ स्वक्ष ॥ SVAKSHA

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