OSSpal: Finding and Evaluating Open Source Software

TitleOSSpal: Finding and Evaluating Open Source Software
Publication TypeConference Proceedings
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsWasserman, A., Guo X., McMillian B., K. Qian, M.Y. Wei, and Xu Q.
Secondary TitleOpen Source Systems: Towards Robust Practices 13th International Conference on Open Source Systems
Series TitleIFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology
Date Published05/2017
KeywordsOpen source forges, software evaluation, software metrics, Software taxonomy

This paper describes the OSSpal project, which is aimed at helping companies, government agencies, and other organizations find high quality free and open source software (FOSS) that meets their needs. OSSpal is a successor to the Business Readiness Rating (BRR), combining quantitative and qualitative evaluation measures for software in various categories. Instead of a purely numeric calculated score OSSpal adds curation of high-quality FOSS projects and individual user reviews of these criteria. Unlike the BRR project, for which there was no automated support, OSSpal has an operational, publicly available website where users may search by project name or category, and enter ratings and reviews for projects.