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  • 03.24.10

Addison Berry, Documentation Team Lead for Drupal

Since joining the Drupal community in 2006, the open-source advocate has become a prominent presence: traveling the world to speak at events (from local high schools to international conferences); leading a group of codehead volunteers in logging all things Drupal; and, in 2009, snagging a Knight Foundation grant to improve Drupal documentation.

Addison Berry

The Evangelists

The Evangelists

Addison Berry

Documentation Team Lead
Drupal

“Open source is the realm of the white male — that’s a barrier for a lot of minorities,” says Addison Berry. Since joining the Drupal community in 2006, the open-source advocate has become a prominent (female) presence as well: traveling the world to speak at events (from local high schools to international conferences); leading a group of codehead volunteers in logging all things Drupal; and, in 2009, snagging a Knight Foundation grant to improve Drupal documentation. “People hear documentation and they think a handbook or
something,” she explains. “And there is a large online handbook, but we
also document how to become part of the community. There’s a whole
cultural element.”

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The culture is what lured Berry to open source in the first place. “I came because it was free, but I stayed
and became an advocate for it because it’s hugely beneficial to me
personally,” she says. “I got access to a lot of fascinating, very smart people,
and I didnt have to go to school and pay for it.” For the rest of the
year, Berry will spread some much-needed gender diversity to events around the world, including stints in Ireland, San Francisco, and Copenhagen.
“I don’t have an actual home right now — I put my house up for rent and I’m
traveling the world.” –Zachary Wilson

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