Ubuntu Member since Feb, 6, 2014.

Contact Information Name

Svetlana Belkin Location

West Chester, Ohio, USA

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About Me

NOTE: Before I start, I'm only a Ubuntu Community member, not a developer/coder. I use Ubuntu Linux to get away from Windows and Mac. I'm a biologist that will most likely do research not developing programs.

My name is Svetlana Belkin and I'm an Ubuntu Linux user since 2009. I made the switch from Windows XP and found about Ubuntu from Lifehacker. I was casually involved since 2012 but I got more dedicated in 2013 when I started get involved, I tried to answer questions and to police Ask Ubuntu (link to my profile under contact information) for missing tags on questions and report questions that break the rules.

Around early 2013, I started to get more involved into the Ubuntu Community because I had ideas for new programs, but I'm not a developer who codes. I knew that I might get a lead on Ubuntu Women, since I am a woman and it is a smaller part of the Ubuntu Community. In July 2013, I joined the mailing-list and quickly discovered that I was not the only one who had a hard time finding a team to be part of or how to get involved. This started my work on updating the Ubuntu-Women wiki and to create material to help other women to get involved. Then three months later, I joined the Ubuntu Documentation Team also to help keeping the Ubuntu Community Help Wiki up to date.

The membership that I had for the longest of a team was for Ubuntu Ohio. I joined in 2009, shortly after I made the switch, but I only started to get involved in 2013. As a member of the Ohio Team and as an active member I also act as one of the Point of Contacts for my LoCo in order to participate in the LoCo contacts mailing list to learn what other LoCo's are doing and share what my LoCo is doing.

I founded the Ubuntu Scientists team on January 16, 2014 since the Ubuntu Community does not had the team for the scientists of all sorts. This team will act like The Ubuntu Women team in order to help people to get jobs in the science FOSS field.

I also mentor at Linux Padawan- main focus is on Ubuntu Community building.

Member of

Ubuntu Ubuntu Women

Ubuntu OhioTeam

Ubuntu Ubuntu Scientists

Ubuntu Member of Membership Board

Ubuntu Member of Community Council


Current Work

Ubuntu Women

Ubuntu I am also one of the Ubuntu Women Blog Editors. Please see the "Past Work" section for what I wrote for the blog.

Ubuntu I am an Elected Leader of the team since Aug 6th, 2014

Ohio Team

Ubuntu As of December 18th, 2013, I am one of the deputies along with Unit193 and jamesgifford, under Delegation of Authority and that goes on.

Past Work

Ubuntu Women

Ubuntu Tried to start up Ubuntu Women Outreach Project.

Ubuntu Get Involved with Ubuntu! fixed it since it needs work.

Ubuntu ProjectHarvest evaluated to figure out if can be used

Ubuntu Was the ProjectHarvest, project lead/manager.

Ubuntu Women Blog Editors: List of what I wrote

Ohio Team

Ubuntu Helped with writing the VerificationApplication2013

Ubuntu Tried to get virtual Ubuntu Hours (vUH's) used by the team. Our team members are scattered around our state and not that many live near each other and using the tools that can be found on the net which would allow us to have Ubuntu Hours in a different way. The main tools that I'm talking about is video/audio chatting tool along with IRC use.

Documentation Team

Ubuntu I was the Moderator of the mailing-list.

Ubuntu Scientists

Ubuntu Founded the team and set up the IRC channel and the team wiki pages.

Ubuntu Leadership

Ubuntu Restarted the team in June 2014 and the team was handed over to me.

Lubuntu Admins

Ubuntu Started the team LaunchPad page and mailing-list.

Membership Board

Ubuntu Added the benfits (of having membership/applying) to the Membership page.

Ubuntu Added the "I do not speak English or my English is weak, can I still apply?" question and answer to FAQ page.


In Person


Ubuntu Ohio Linux Feast


Ubuntu Open Help Con



Ubuntu UOS: 15.05- Was a Community and Show and Tell Track lead and went to sessions via IRC or Hangouts/IRC


Ubuntu UOS: 14.06- Was a Community Track lead and went to sessions via IRC or Hangouts/IRC

Ubuntu vUDS: For Trusy,14.03- When to some sessions via IRC or Hangouts/IRC

Ubuntu March 2: Ubuntu Documentation Day- I taught the wiki classroom session

Ubuntu April 22 to April 24: Ubuntu Open Week- I taught the Ubuntu Women session

Future Goals

Most of my goals will do with helping more people to get involved in the Ubuntu Community by helping them learning how to get involved and to provide them with up to date documentation wherever and whenever necessary. This holds true for all the teams that I am part of.

As for Ohio Team, I would like to reach out to my fellow Ohioan Ubuntu users and meet them in person.


Note: This section is for people to cheer or comment on this member.

In the short time I've been working with Svetlana, I could see that she is always willing to improve things. She is doing a great job as a point of contact on the Ubuntu-US-OH community, and her work always fulfuills your expectations. Congratulations, keep up the good efforts, and thanks for them! -- jose 2014-01-19 03:15:56

Svetlana is extremely eager to take charge and lead. As part of the Delegation of Authority being issued from 2013-12-19 02:19:17 due to my change in employment status that has some rather harsh terms of employment, she has taken a hard-charging lead along with Unit193 and jamesgifford as fellow deputies. As a deputy to the Point of Contact/Leader, Svetlana has already started her own initiative to hold virtual Ubuntu hours among other efforts. I am aware of the hard work she has put in as a member of the Docs team which show her commitment to Ubuntu as well. This is not an isolated surge of activity but rather continuing effort that will enrich the Ubuntu realm overall, I feel. I commend the application. -- skellat 2014-01-19 01:44:00

I work with Svetlana on Community Help Wiki and she has a tremendous passion for improving the quality of the communities documentation. She exihibits a tireless reserve of energy and an eagerness to contribute to Ubuntu. I believe her contributions are significant and sustained and warrant her being approved as an Ubuntu member. -- cprofitt 2014-01-19 15:30:20

As a member of the Documentation Team I have noticed Svetlana's dedication to improving the Ubuntu documentation. A proper documentation is important for attracting new Ubuntu users and community members, so thank you, Svetlana! -- gunnarhj 2014-01-19 21:09:32

As a member of the Ohio Loco team, I have noticed her hardwork and dedication to the Ubuntu community, and I highly recommend her for Ubuntu membership, her contributions are significant and sustained. --jamesgifford 2014-01-23

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CC Election


This is my first time running for the CC. I am a community builder not a developer or a coder like most of the community but that does not mean that the Community does not need community builders. In fact, any community needs them in order to create growth and somethings are understood by these people more than developers/coders would know.

My three main goals within the CC are to create the next generation of leaders, understanding the politics that the Community faces, and to understand the various processes that our Community has in a deeper meaning.


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belkinsa (last edited 2019-02-06 15:38:02 by belkinsa)