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Evaluating Open Source Participation by Email Traffic

Oct 11, 2010, 18:33 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Dalibor Topic was the one to give me this idea, though I'm not sure if he'd remember the tweet. He was, however, the one who pointed me at MarkMail's archive of open source list traffic, which I'd seen before, using a by domain constraint, which I hadn't. The idea is simple: MarkMail maintains a searchable index of the mailing lists for a number of open source projects (these, specifically). As a means of demonstrating the value of its MarkLogic Server, it parses the individual messages into XML and renders them queryable according to specific dimensions.

"Given this ability, I thought it would be interesting to see what we might learn by examining – and in some cases comparing – general participation by domain. While this is not intended to be a comprehensive or authoritative statement on actual levels of engagement, the datapoints are interesting if nothing else. You can replicate these queries at MarkMail yourself using the "type:development from:domain.com" syntax. I've chosen development rather than commits because I wanted a broader sense of engagement than putbacks, but the latter would be interesting to study as well.

"Before proceeding, a few caveats:

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