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FLOSSMetrics: Exploiting Open Source Research results for Industry

by xavier last modified 2009-12-11 11:37

FLOSSMetrics stands for Free/Libre Open Source Software Metrics. This project has been established because Free/Libre Open Source Software (FLOSS) is becoming increasingly important not only in the primary but also in the secondary software sector. The project has recently release a booklet providing reliable and comprehensive information on existing FLOSS projects and products. Thus, helping to find, evaluate and implement the right software for your needs.

The main objective of FLOSSMetrics was to construct, publish and analyse a large scale database with information and metrics about libre software development coming from several thousands of software projects, and to provide a public platform for validation and industrial exploitation of results.

The main results of FLOSSMetrics are:

  • Sources of data properly identified, and a comprehensive database structure.
  • Integration of available tools to extract and process such data into a complete platform. Database of empirical data about thousands of FLOSS projects.
  • Complete platform offering that database in a form suitable for researchers.
  • Visualisation methods and analytical studies and methodologies, especially relating to benchmarking, identification of best practices, measuring and predicting success and failure of projects, productivity measurement, simulation and cost/effort estimation. Dissemination of the results, including data, methods and software.
  • An exploitation plan, validated with the project participants from industry especially from an SME perspective.

The Project Booklet “Exploiting FLOSS Research results for Industry” also includes additional information and explanations about the project, the results, the information available on the site and description on the tools and infrastructure.

More information

  • The FLOSSMetrics database itself is publicly available in Melquiades (, a website designed with the objective of making more accessible the data generated by the project to researchers and other end­users.
  • Video : talk presented at FOSDEM 2009.