How Open Integrity uses Gitlab?
Gitlab is an open source version of Github. (It's easy to forget that Github is not itself open source, given how much it has done to support the development of open source software). Gitlab has some useful collaboration features, and we're excited about leveraging them in new ways. We've started using it internally to manage our documentation, for example, and even some aspects of project management. In line with the early work we've done with Open Integrity (and the wiki) we're excited to use open source tools to manage our project transparently and collaboratively.
Collaborate only by email if you want!
The key feature in our eyes is the ability to interact with Gitlab using only email. That's a very low barrier to participate in conversations. In fact each and every issue in Gitlab is a small mailing list to which you can subscribe and un-subscribe simply using email back and forth. We can also invite other users to participate in threads with @mention tags in the way Twitter made popular, which makes it a pretty good alternative to traditional mailing lists.
Freely subscribe and unsubscribe to threads that you want to participate in
In addition, issues are fairly flexible so if conversations start going in several different directions, rather than unsubscribing, we can just create a new issue and allow interested participant to choose which topic to continue to follow. We think that the key to fluid collaboration (and collective intelligence) is to properly allow participants to manage their own signal to noise ratio and have focused conversations where everyone is participating and engaged.
Even better, we're using
labels extensively to categorise our work and you can subscribe to labels in order to be sure to get alerted when new information is posted about a topic that interests you.
Collaborate on documents
Even fancier, when aiming to work jointly towards a more formal statement, document or specification, Gitlab allows to discuss edits to a document in a way (called pull requests or merge requests) that is in our opinion better than wikis and only missing more real-time features which in our case are less of a priority. As respected others put it:
Pull requests are much easier to work with than most wiki systems. They make it clear that people are notified about changes and contributions are discussed (with line comments) before being committed.
We've also supported the development of a port of Prose to Gitlab and the addition of collaborative features in order to make participation even more noise free (Gitlab is after all a tool for developers and its interface contains a lot of options that are not needed simply to engage in conversations or collaborate on documents and specifications).
Privacy and encryption
If you have any concerns about the privacy of our email-based exchanges, you can login directly to the Gitlab platform via HTTPS. And, of course, if you want to learn more about any of this and how we host this server, please feel free to ask. If you're interested in supporting PGP support for Gitlab get in touch with us.
GitLab Community Edition
GitLab is open source software to collaborate on code.
Manage git repositories with fine-grained access controls that keep your code secure.
Perform code reviews and enhance collaboration with merge requests.
Each project can also have an issue tracker and a wiki.
Used by more than 100,000 organizations, GitLab is the most popular solution to manage git repositories on-premises.
Read more about GitLab at about.gitlab.com.
Welcome to GitLab, a Git-based fully featured platform for software development!
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- See also GitLab Workflow - an overview.
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