Tuesday, January 13, 2009

What happened to the GPL Project Watch List

In October 2008, our research project was hit with the same economic crunch that has been affecting businesses throughout our country. The members of the Research Group are proud of what we delivered for more than a year, and we are glad that we were given the opportunity to deliver this significant information.

In April 2007, my team proposed the possibility of tracking the adoption and use of existing and new FOSS licensing. A month later, we started to build the database and write the web application for the search site. The team of researchers started crawling the internet manually and using specialized tools that we built to find indications of use of the new GPLv3 license. By July 2, as of our first post, we found 82 projects that announced GPLv3 releases as of June 29, 2007. While the start seemed lackluster, overall adoption has been consistent over observed time, averaging 200 new GPLv3 project releases monthly, with over 4000 current FOSS releases under GPLv3.

We started tracking GPLv3 information as of June 29, 2007, and continued to do so for 15 months. Our team included over 50 research interns from schools throughout our country, the project managers and me. We successfully provided clear and objective information regarding the acceptance and use of the new GPLv3 license, and extended the scope of our interest to report news and trends as well.

Our reports explained licensing, copyright, best practices, and garnered a strong readership over the time that we managed this information. While there are methods to collect and manage this information using automated tools, we found enough errors and imprecision in the data to raise doubt and uncertainty in the quality of data that is not manually reviewed. We built tools to optimize our ability to review data, but we still qualified all data that made it into our database.

We are now self sponsored and accepting sponsorship and contributions. The site will start publishing on a regular basis as before, and we hope to deliver timely and topical information. If you would like to help, contact us at sponsor@airius.com .


Notable Mention

The Research Group actively takes submissions from visitors regarding stories, FOSS issues and project announcements. We are amazed at the number of submissions we have gotten to date, but even more so, we are incredibly grateful to over 150 core contributors who have devoted their time and resources at helping us provide up-to-date information. Send your stories and announcements to rdgroup@airius.com.

We are proud to have hosted over 80 interns in the last year from the leading schools in the United States. If you would like to be considered for an internship, please send a note to rdgroup@airius.com. You will receive instructions regarding how to apply.



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