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Companies, Non-profits Recognize Value of Community Participation by Contributing to and Leading OSS Projects
BURLINGTON, Mass., Feb. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The importance of participating in the open source community, both by contributing to existing and leading new open source projects, is a top priority for companies and foundations, as revealed by new data from Ohloh, the world's most comprehensive developer resource for evaluating and tracking open source projects, contributors and code.
With Ohloh, a free Black Duck community resource, 26 organizations now track their contributions and projects, including corporate open source sponsors 10Gen, Salt Stack, Sony Mobile and Yahoo! Inc.; foundations like Apache Software Foundation, Eclipse Foundation, Gentoo Foundation, Mozilla Foundation, OpenStack Foundation, Outercurve Foundation and WikiMedia; open source communities including KDE Community, OpenMRS and the Tiki Association; and industry alliances including the GENIVI Alliance and the OpenXC Research Platform. Collectively, these 26 organizations represent:
"Ohloh has become an extremely important resource, and with this tracking and aggregation capability, it becomes a key quantification tool for organizations, too," said Jim Jagielski, President, Apache Software Foundation. "The Apache Software Foundation currently tracks its projects on Ohloh, and the value we're finding from this aggregation is truly unique. It helps in determining the health and viability of projects, as well as the diversity requirements crucial in graduation from the ASF Incubator."
Launched in October 2012, the Ohloh Organizations feature enables corporations, foundations, nonprofits, educational institutions and government entities to identify affiliated projects and aggregate key statistics about their overall community and project growth.
"Ohloh Organizations signifies a shift in the open source movement that it has matured beyond individual side projects to become a space where corporations can participate and succeed," said Steve Francia, Chief Evangelist, 10gen. "We use the organizations feature to understand usage patterns and trends across the many projects and communities we contribute to."
Ohloh recently introduced a new Project Activity indicator, making it easier to assess the concentration of activity for individual projects at-a-glance. Sponsored projects, which typically have many contributors and high participation levels, regularly show the highest project activity on Ohloh.
"All types of organizations, from public companies to non-profits, recognize the value of open source participation," said Jim Berets, Vice President of Product Management, Black Duck. "By tracking this activity via Ohloh, organizations gain insight into and help encourage enhanced participation in their open source projects and communities."
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