Starting this July, Bitergia is working with the Wikimedia Foundation (WMF) to analyze their free software projects and related communities. This includes MediaWiki, the software that makes Wikipedia possible. A first (still pre-beta) version of a development dashboard for these projects is already available at Wikimedia Labs. During the next weeks, it will be improved to show detailed information about the most relevant metrics for Wikimedia communities and development processes, and their evolution over time.
Wikimedia development dashboard
The WMF is a nonprofit charitable organization dedicated to encouraging the growth, development and distribution of free, multilingual, educational content, and to providing the full content of these wiki-based projects to the public free of charge. The WMF operates some of the largest collaborative projects worldwide, including Wikipedia.
The MetricsGrimoire toolset, a key component for the software development analytics services provided by Bitergia, has been improved in the context of the ALERT project. The improvements have been contributed back, and incorporated in the MetricsGrimoire code base. Bitergia is using these tools for analyzing software development repositories, and has decided to provide commercial services specifically targeted at supporting and customizing the tools for interested customers.
ALERT is a R&D project funded by the European Commission under the 7th Framework Programme, aimed to improve the development process in open source collaborative environments. The ALERT system provides methods and tools to improve the coordination among collaborative as well as distributed virtual teams developing software in open source communities, and in software development companies. The project, which has already delivered its final results, has been evaluated by its reviewers as “excellent”.