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Mala Kumar @malakumar85

Director of Tech for Social Good, GitHub Social Impact
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Cynthia Lo @csmlo

Program Manager, Skills-Based Volunteering, GitHub Social Impact
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Peter Cihon @pcihon

Policy Manager, GitHub Policy
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Tarunima Prabhakar @tarunima

Co-Founder, Tattle

February 15, 2022 // DevelopersPolicy

Published on: February 15, 2022

Please use this form if you want to get involved in the research!

Standardized GitHub metrics

GitHub is the home for more than 73 million developers around the world. With its expansive geographic adoption, GitHub’s usage metrics can play a valuable role in research across non-software engineering disciplines, like international development, public policy, and economics. To meet this opportunity, GitHub has launched a new research project to provide official guidance on how standardized platform metrics data could be used to represent key topics in these disciplines, such as the technology maturity, digital literacy, or digital engagement in a given country.

With this project, we are aiming to create a simple, public, and aggregated standardized set of metrics for all countries that have GitHub users. Platform usage metrics may be the number and location of active entities, which include users, repositories, and organizations. Metrics may also include pull requests, repository forks, and engagement on issues and discussions. Our guidance may detail, for example, which platform metric to use to model for digital engagement, how to account for prolonged disruptions in connectivity, or how to adjust for population or digital divides in a country.

Following our request for proposals (RFP) in August 2021, GitHub will be partnering with Tattle to lead the qualitative research and inform the quantitative methodologies of the project. Tattle is an open source, civic tech project that builds tools and datasets for research and response to misinformation in India. The organization will draw on their collective experience in building datasets for research and growing an open source project in a low-income country.

We want to hear from you!

As part of the project, GitHub and Tattle are connecting with practitioners and experts from around the world. If you want to participate in our research through an interview, recommendations, or feedback, please fill out this form by Monday, March 14, 2022. We’ll be in touch on a rolling basis.

To hear more from Mala about the standardized metrics research project, watch this video (starting at minute 53:25). Check back here on the GitHub Social Impact site in the coming weeks for updates.

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