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Black Duck’s Ohloh lets data from nearly 500,000 open source projects into the wild

Chris Mayer
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Nice gesture from Black Duck Software – a significant update to their Ohloh website lets users browse code from close to half a million repositories from the likes of Eclipse, Mozilla, Apache and more

In a bumper announcement, Black Duck Software have
embraced the FOSS mantra by revealing their equivalent of a
repository Yellow Pages, through the Ohloh Open Data
Initiative.

The website tracks 488,823 projects, allowing users to
compare data from a vast amount of repositories and forges. But
now,
Ohloh’s huge dataset
has been licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0
Unported license, encouraging further transparency across the
companies who have already bought into Ohloh’s aggregation mission
directive.

“Licensing Ohloh data under Creative Commons offers both
enterprises and the open source community a new level of access to
FOSS data, allowing trending, tracking, and insight for the open
source community,” said Tim Yeaton, President and CEO of Black Duck
Software.

He added: “We are constantly looking for ways to help the
open source developer community and enterprise consumers of open
source. We’re proud to freely license Ohloh data under this
respected license, and believe that making this resource more
accessible will allow contributors and consumers of open source
gain unique insight, leading to more rapid development and
adoption.”

Juggernauts of the open source world have backed the resource
collector’s announcement. Executive Director of the Eclipse
Foundation, Mike Milinkovich said that “visible metrics help open
source project teams better manage the operations of their
projects” whilst RedMonk’s Stephen O’Grady offered similar
sentiments saying “the more, better data that is available on the
thousands of open source projects today, the easier it is to
identify new patterns, trends and insights on the evolution of open
source itself.” Unsurprisingly, Eclipse share their data on Ohloh,
whilst Red Monk mine alongside Black Duck.

Continuing to preach the benefits of free and open source
software (FOSS), Black Duck have also announced the new public beta
of Ohloh Code, a search engine that provides access to 10 billion
lines of code. Ohloh Code is essentially an integrated analysis
tool that wants to bolster the link between project code and
metadata, and having some of the greatest open source project tools
investing their code is not a bad way to go about it. These include
the likes of GitHub, SourceForge, Eclipse, Mozilla and
Apache.

Ohloh’s RESTful API requires you to register for a key before you can query metrics
from the vast number of projects such as the number of active
contributors, commits, lines of code and the main programming
language used.

Why not check it out?

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