These are the most influential organizations on GitHub

Facebook and Apache runners-up in GitHub’s most influential organizations list

Gabriela Motroc

GitHub concocted a list of most influential organizations with the help of gh-impact, which measures open source influence. The top 10 list includes private, for-profit corporations as well as not-for-profit foundations.

The top 10 list of most influential organizations on GitHub includes google, facebook, apache, Microsoft, mozilla, codrops, twitter, square, googlesamples and Netflix. The reason why the list contains a number of idiosyncrasies has to do with the way organizations created accounts. For example, the list includes google and googlesamples, but they are both Google. Ian Dennis Miller opined that gh-impact may have been affected by “a mixture of programming languages, organization sizes, and several other factors.”

What’s so special about Facebook and Microsoft?

Ian highlighted the way Facebook and Microsoft ended up on the list; the former has a very high gh-impact score while the latter is notable for its high user-id. Although Facebook has relatively fewer members in the GitHub organization, “they were early to experiment with GitHub,” which benefited the company’s gh-impact.

Microsoft joined GitHub rather late, but by the time this happened there were already more than three million other accounts. The company led by Satya Nadella occupies the fourth position, which suggests that “there is some serious intention behind Microsoft’s shift to open source” —even though Steve Ballmer, Microsoft’s former CEO often expressed his anti-open source views. He once said: “Linux is a cancer that attaches itself in an intellectual property sense to everything it touches. That’s the way that the license works.”

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What is gh-impact?

gh-impact measures open source influence. It is based upon the number of stars a project receives. In short, an account has a gh-impact score of ‘n’ if they have ‘n’ projects with ‘n’ stars. Accounts which have a higher number of well-used projects will have a higher gh-impact. This measure of influence on GitHub can provide a rough estimate of a GitHub account’s overall productivity and impact.

Ian Dennis Miller wrote in a report about the influence on GitHub that “gh-impact increases as the size of organizations increase, suggesting that individuals may have a comparative disadvantageWhile some individuals manage extremely successful projects, it is rare to find Individuals who manage multiple projects of a similar caliberOrganizations are not inherently resource- bound and can sustain many projects in parallel, leading to greater overall work impact and a correspondingly higher gh-impact score.”

Top Individual accounts on GitHub

The Leader Board contains the top 20 accounts with the highest gh-impact scores. The reason why individuals are listed separately is because “they appear to behave differently.”

According to the report, “individual accounts with a very popular project, as a proportion of their total stars, had lower gh-impact scores.” It turns out that organizations have a higher impact than individuals.

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The top three individuals with the highest gh-impact are: sindresorhus, publisher of curated “awesome” project lists, substack, publisher of many node.js projects and Tj, also publisher of many node.js projects.

Read here the complete Leader Board.

Gabriela Motroc
Gabriela Motroc was editor of and JAX Magazine. Before working at Software & Support Media Group, she studied International Communication Management at the Hague University of Applied Sciences.

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