Three Metrics to Explore the Openness of GitHub projects [article]

Valerio Cosentino and Javier Luis Canovas Izquierdo and Jordi Cabot
2014 arXiv   pre-print
Open source software projects evolve thanks to a group of volunteers that help in their development. Thus, the success of these projects depends on their ability to attract (and keep) developers. We believe the openness of a project, i.e., how easy is for a new user to actively contribute to it, can help to make a project more attractive. To explore the openness of a software project, we propose three metrics focused on: (1) the distribution of the project community, (2) the rate of acceptance
more » ... f external contributions and (3) the time it takes to become an official collaborator of the project. We have adapted and applied these metrics to a subset of GitHub projects, thus giving some practical findings on their openness.
arXiv:1409.4253v1 fatcat:po7opbsdebaofakzhsss36piky