Heartbeat: Measuring Active User Base and Potential User Interest in FLOSS Projects

TitleHeartbeat: Measuring Active User Base and Potential User Interest in FLOSS Projects
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsWiggins, Andrea, Howison James, and Crowston Kevin
Secondary TitleOSS2009: Open Source Ecosystems: Diverse Communities Interacting (IFIP 2.13)
Volume299/2009
Pagination94 - 104
Date Published2009///
PublisherSpringer
ISSN Number978-3-642-02031-5
Abstract

This paper presents a novel method and algorithm to measure the size of an open source project’s user base and the level of potential user interest that it generates. Previously unavailable download data at a daily resolution confirms hypothesized patterns related to release cycles. In short, regular users rapidly download the software after a new release giving a way to measure the active user base. In contrast, potential new users download the application independently of the release cycle, and the daily download figures tend to plateau at this rate when a release has not been made for some time. An algorithm for estimating these measures from download time series is demonstrated and the measures are examined over time in two open source projects.

DOIhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-02032-2_10
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