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.
The approaches are:
- OSMM by Cap Gemini – seems to have died as an active website sometime early 2005
- OSMM 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:
standard model for rating open source software. It is intended to enable the entire community (enterprise adopters and developers) to rate software in an open and standardized way