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The Mechanics of CHAOSS: A Deep Dive into Open Source Community Health Analytics
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The Mechanics of CHAOSS: A Deep Dive into Open Source Community Health Analytics

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In this collaboration between the CHAOSScast and Mechanical Ink podcasts, hosts Dawn Foster and Schalk Neethling are joined by guests Daniel Izquierdo and Sean Goggins to discuss open-source community health metrics.

The episode brings together two fascinating open-source projects - GrimoireLab and Augur - that aim to provide insights into the health of open-source software communities. By gathering data from various platforms and channels, and analyzing contributor activity, issues, pull requests, and conversations, these projects shine a light on the inner workings of open-source projects.

You have Sean Goggins, a university researcher who co-created Augur to dissect community interactions at scale. Then you have Daniel Izquierdo whose startup Bitergia built GrimoireLab to offer open source analytics as a service. Both share insightful stories on the evolving landscape of inner source and metrics-driven community management. It's a great listen for anyone involved in running open-source projects or communities.

Beyond project leads, the conversation also touches on why understanding community health is vital today for enterprise adopters to track their dependencies and influence. And as Dawn Foster from CHAOSS chips in, you get an important reminder to not get carried away chasing tools without clarity on what specific questions you want answered from the underlying data.

Overall, a stimulating mix of history and future direction on using metrics to guide open-source communities toward greater sustainability.


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Mechanical Ink Studio - Open Source - Open Web
Mechanical Ink Podcast
The Mechanical Ink podcast is a podcast about the open-source ecosystem. We speak to project maintainers, open-source companies, and companies who play a critical role in ensuring a healthy ecosystem. We ask the tough questions but also celebrate the wins and acknowledge open-source software's critical role in the world.