Why is Black Duck giving all this data away? Don’t you have an incentive to charge for it?

Black Duck gains three major benefits from the broad use of Open Hub data:

  • If Open Hub data is valuable in helping people understand their communities better and drive more engagement and participation, then this data can help create better code, more active development communities, and greater adoption, all of which directly increase demand for Black Duck’s products.
  • The CC-BY license requires those who use Open Hub data to attribute the data to us. Such attribution serves to build Black Duck’s reputation as a highly reputable source of the best intelligence about FOSS, enhance awareness of Black Duck and Open Hub, and demand for our products.
  • We’re hopeful that as the FOSS ecosystem uses this data more, its value will help create an incentive for community members to join Open Hub and update information in the database to help improve it even more.

We maximize these benefits when we eliminate barriers to using Open Hub data, and so it makes a lot of business sense for us to give it away. By doing so, we solidify Black Duck’s position as a premier source of FOSS market intelligence.

Posted in: The What and Why of the Open Hub Open Data Initiative

About Rich Sands

I'm the Principal and Founder of RSands Consulting, a developer/FOSS strategy, product management, and marketing consultancy. Formerly Ohloh's PM, Black Duck is now a client of mine.