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 movement 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", which philosophically characterizes the void , null or zero!

Foss@Github :: Maintainer and Contributor

Diversity-Index :: Creator+Curator

  • 2014Jul―Present:: Maintain the Diversity-Index that lists 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

MOZILLA SCIENCE :: Contributor

 JULIA :: Contributor

  • 2013Sep―Present:: Creator and maintainer of Julia.jl containing curated decibans of Julia language packages with useful information about related language resources as part of OpenData efforts.
  • Organized a one-day Julia-language workshop led by Viral Shah the core-developer, 2013Jun22,, Bangalore, India.

 MODELTB :: Data models

  • Read epidemiology research publications from collaborating scientists, attended Skype meetings and looked at constructing models and representations to translate Epidemiological data for TB transmission into clinical policies.

 THE SCRIPPS RESEARCH INSTITUTE :: Bioinformatics Developer Intern

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


  • 2010Nov―2011Jan:: Mentored students with Apertium installation issues, provided guidance for technical tasks and verified the 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


 DEBIAN :: Contributor

  • 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)”.

 UBUNTU :: Contributor


  • 2006Jan―Present:: Founded Ubuntu-Women and 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, she is the administrator for the UW mailing list and IRC channel, and also provides technical support and mentors 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.
  • 2006Mar:: Co-founded the Ubuntu-India team , but left the team within a few weeks because of harassment , sexism and misogyny .

 LINUXCHIX :: Contributor


 KDE-WOMEN :: Contributor

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



  • 2012NOV:: Invited speaker at Pycon-CA, Toronto, Canada. Talk: “MongoDB and Gene Databases”.
  • 2008AUG:: Speaker at FOSS conference, Hyderabad, India. Talk: “How to contribute to FOSS”.



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॥ स्वक्ष ॥ SVAKSHA

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