The Open Source Census, a new global, collaborative project to collect and share quantitative data on the use of open source software, announced its founding sponsors and launched the Census.
With this announcement, companies and individuals are now able to anonymously submit data on their use of open source though The Open Source Census web site: www.osscensus.org (opens in new tab). Participants in The Open Source Census will also gain access to reports that benchmark their open source usage.
The Open Source Census is a project established by OpenLogic and a wide range of sponsors - including IDC; CollabNet; Holme, Roberts & Owen LLP; Navica; Olliance Group; Open Solutions Alliance; Open Source Business Foundation; O'Reilly Media; and Unisys - to provide improved data on how open source software is used in the enterprise.
The Open Source Census also has enlisted advisors from the open source development community, including Jim Jagielski, Chairman of the Apache Foundation and Tony Wasserman, Director, Software Management Program at Carnegie Melon West.
Goals of The Open Source Census
The overarching goal of The Open Source Census is to paint an accurate portrait of open source usage in the enterprise.
Until now, many enterprises did not know what open source software is installed on servers and desktops -- making traditional market research methodologies insufficient to identify what open source projects are gaining traction in the enterprise.
Enterprises Can Benchmark Open Source Usage
Yet the demand for this information is great, as enterprises struggle to sift through thousands of open source projects to determine what might work for them. Using OSS Discovery, an open source tool, enterprises or individuals can now scan any of their computers and contribute the scan results back into The Open Source Census database -- anonymously and free of charge.
Once they have contributed scans, participants will have access to reports that summarize their own open source usage and provide comparisons to other similar companies. These reports will enable companies to benchmark their own open source usage and identify opportunities to leverage the benefits of more open source software.
Aggregate Census Data Available on the Web
Aggregate, anonymous data collected through The Open Source Census will be provided for free on a web site. This aggregate data will list the number of times each project has been installed on computers across all participating enterprises and individuals, enabling open source communities and developers to track usage of their projects.