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.

Author Archive | Rich Sands

Measuring Project Activity

We like to tout how many projects we have in Ohloh. It is right on the home page – today, the number is 550,869. Thats a lot of projects! By any measure, the world of FOSS is a big one. GitHub has over 4.7 million repositories. SourceForge hosts almost 325,ooo projects. But really, is the […]

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Sprint 32 Deployment (30 March 2012)

In this deployment: Community-contributed patch: added support for Forth language. Bug fixes.

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FOSS and Data: An Interview With RedMonk

EclipseCon 2012: Ohloh’s Rich Sands interviews James Governor and Donnie Berkholz of the analyst firm RedMonk. The topic: how data analytics is changing both the way that FOSS projects understand and manage themselves, and how users of FOSS can use data to better assess the quality of projects they are considering.

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POLL: Non-code Contributions

There is a great post by Andy Lester, entitled “14 Ways to Contribute to Open Source without Being a Programming Genius or a Rock Star“, in which he describes the dilemma of so many prospective contributors to FOSS: The most damaging idea that I’ve observed among open source newbies is that to contribute to open […]

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Introducing Ohloh Meta

Back when Ohloh was young, blogs, wikis and other content management systems were also a bit immature. So the original ohloh.net included basic wiki functionality, and the ability to display articles in chronological order – a blog. As content management systems have grown up, their features and ease of use have outstripped the simple wiki […]

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Now Adding Projects is Easier – So Lets Add Some!

Adding projects on Ohloh has never been a simple task. The old way – fill out this long, daunting form (which doesn’t even ask you for where the code is – you add that later!):   Not at all friendly. Wouldn’t it be easier to just ask for the location of the code and figure […]

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Sprints 30 & 31 Deployment (19 March 2012)

In this deployment: New Ohloh Meta site – new blog, information pages, FAQs, documentation and support. Redesigned and simplified Add New Project workflow, including auto-fetching information from popular forges. As previously announced, removed Journals and Closed Source positions features. Bug fixes.

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2011 Black Duck Open Source Rookies Logos

Meet the Open Source Rookies of 2011!

Each year, Black Duck Software identifies the top new open source projects in the Open Source Rookies of the Year program. Compiled using data from Ohloh and the Black Duck KnowledgeBase, the Ohloh team wants to give a shout out to all the 2011 Open Source Rookies of the Year: Bootstrap is a toolkit from […]

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Sprint 29 Deployment (21 Feb 2012)

In this deployment: Bug fixes.

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Journals, Closed-Source Positions Going Away

With any evolving site like Ohloh, there will be features that the team thought were a good idea at the time, but that in practice don’t get used much. Two such features: journals, and non-FOSS contributor positions, are being removed from Ohloh in the next few weeks. Journals – An Idea Whose Time Has Come […]

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