Black Duck unveils Ohloh open data initiative, launches beta code search capability
July 19, 2012 —
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Black Duck Software today announced significant updates to Ohloh.net, the world's most comprehensive online directory of open source projects, contributors and code. Effective immediately, Ohloh.net data has been licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license. In addition, the company announced availability of a public Beta version of a powerful new open source code search engine, Ohloh Code. These updates continue the company's investment in developer resources designed to speed the development and adoption of free and open source software (FOSS).
Ohloh Open Data Initiative
"Visible metrics help open source project teams better manage the operations of their projects, track progress, recruit new members and share their progress with others," said Mike Milinkovich, Executive Director for the Eclipse Foundation. "Black Duck's decision to open up the data in Ohloh will make it easier for open source projects to be more transparent about the success and activity of a project."
Licensing Ohloh data under the widely respected and broadly used Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license supports Black Duck's mission to accelerate open source creation and adoption. Ohloh provides a single aggregate source of information about the world's open source projects from over 5,000 repositories and forges including GitHub, SourceForge and Google Code, as well as open source foundation repositories including the Eclipse, Mozilla, Apache, and Linux. By freely licensing the metadata on the more than 550,000 FOSS projects in Ohloh to the broad open source community, Black Duck takes an important step in proliferating open data, a key benefit of open source, by providing a means to analyze the world of open source.
"Licensing Ohloh data under Creative Commons offers both enterprises and the open source community a new level of access to FOSS data, allowing trending, tracking, and insight for the open source community," said Tim Yeaton, President and CEO of Black Duck Software. "We are constantly looking for ways to help the open source developer community and enterprise consumers of open source. We're proud to freely license Ohloh data under this respected license, and believe that making this resource more accessible will allow contributors and consumers of open source gain unique insight, leading to more rapid development and adoption."