Measuring maturity of open source applications

Mmm, interesting. It seems that there has been some work put into ways to compare and assess open source applications. Obvious really, when you think about it.

As well as the obvious uses in egovernment/procurement, these could (and should) be built into the process of self-assessment for OSS development teams.

There’s a Wikipedia entry that summarises four approaches and links to their websites here; the original article on Navica’s approach that triggered this is at OSS Watch here

The approaches are:

  • OSMM[1] by Cap Gemini – seems to have died as an active website sometime early 2005
  • OSMM[2] by Navica – active I think– though development of OSMM seems to have stopped a year ago
  • OpenBRR – being developed through a RFC-like process
  • QSOS – still active, working in French and English

Also interesting: I did not notice a mention of these established methodologies in the European/MERIT reports I’ve been reading – see my notes on GPOSS (Ghosh, Glott et al 2004) and POSS (Schmitz & Castieaux 2002). Ghosh and his colleagues seem to have reinvented a couple of wheels, or maybe they were working while the tools were being developed.

A couple of del.ico.us entries:

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About Peter Cruickshank

Lecturer in the School of Computing and a member of the Centre for Social Informatics at Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland. Interested in information systems, learning, politics, society, security and where they intersect. My attempts at rounding out my character include food, cinema, running, history and, together with my lovely wife, bringing up a cat and a couple of kids.
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