About Useful Software Metrics

Following Eric Schmidt’s 70-20-10 Model I tend to dedicate about 20% of my time to projects related to the SourceForge core business, and this includes advising few open-source-related companies. Among them a special place goes to Bitergia,  a company focused in the area of software development analytics.

Bitergia was formed as an spin-off of the Libresoft research group, which has a long history of analyzing free/open source software (FOSS) development from an empirical, quantitative point of view.

In fact the company came to life when some of the researchers at LibreSoft realized how useful some of their research results are for companies and other parties interested in better understanding FOSS development projects and communities.

Bitergia is now using and producing FOSS tools to retrieve data from software development repositories (source code management systems such as Subversion or git, ticket tracking systems such as Bugzilla, Jira or those of Allura, Launchpad, GitHub or Google Code, mailing lists, etc.), analyze it according to the needs of its customers, and later visualize the results.

Some examples and previews of the analysis the company is producing can be found at their blog. Among them you might find interesting to look at the analysis on OpenStack  or  Liferay, and get the gist of what are they doing.

What you can’t miss is their very recent analysis of our own Allura platform, now incubated at the Apache Software Foundation. Indeed, Alvaro del Castillo, who did much of the work on this, is a committer and Project Management Committee member on the Apache Allura project.

Click on the images to get an idea of how many information you might get at hand.

To know more about Bitergia, read also my post at the commercial open source blog.


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