Evaluating the Quality and Quantity of Data on Open Source Software Projects

A. Rainer, S. Gale

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    In this paper, we provide a preliminary evaluation of the quality and quantity of data on open source (OS) projects, provided at the SourceForge.net portal. We have derived a dataset of approximately 50000 projects from SourceForge. Using several indicators of project activity, we identify two samples from the entire dataset: the most active OS projects (a total of 456 projects, ~0.9% of the entire dataset), and those projects with active code development (5826 projects, ~11.6%). The number of projects that are active across all of our main indicators of activity account for less than 1% of the projects on the portal. This suggests that many OS projects being registered--on SourceForge are impulse projects, which do not gather sufficient interest from developers or users to activate those projects and make them successful . It also suggests that researchers, developers and users should be careful about how they use OS portals.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProcs 1st Int Conf on Open Source Software
    Publication statusPublished - 2005


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