Collaboratory Student Project – Maria Shevchuk, Project Aspen
Maria Shevchuk, Boston University Class of 2023 and current Red Hat Open Source Program Office intern, will present and discuss her Red Hat Collaboratory at Boston University Student Research Project “Identifying and Describing Open Source Project Stages of Maturity.”
Background: Open Source projects are essential to modern research and software engineering. However, it isn’t easy to know how to help these projects grow, or what their maintenance challenges are. Until now, community managers have had to rely exclusively on their individual intuition and professional experience to steer the projects they help maintain. Statistical and visual insight into a project’s behavior hasn’t been available because relevant data hasn’t been easily accessible or verifiably correct.
The Open Source tool ‘Augur’ (CHAOSS Foundation) is closing this gap by collecting and managing Open Source project data, bootstrapping data-driven project management. Project Aspen, a group in Red Hat’s Open Source Program Office (OSPO), is using Augur data to create an Open Source community analysis toolset. The summary goal of this project is to give community managers, project contributors, and open source advocates data-driven insight into the health and behavior of Open Source projects in a novel, approachable, and extendable format.