O GitHub announced on Thursday (21) the launch of the GitHub Innovation Graph, open data platform and insights into the global and local impact of developers. The new platform, which is now available for consultation and data download, tracks collaboration between global economies and publishes figures on the activities of the more than 100 million software developers who contribute to the GitHub.
What is the GitHub Innovation Graph
O Innovation Graph allows viewing a broader context of contributions in repositories of the GitHub, which specific languages and topics are hot in the open source community's interests (open source), how individuals are contributing to the economy, among other aggregated data that previously required third-party data providers or was not available to the public. Additionally, the platform also tracks collaboration as git pushes are sent and pull requests open from one economy to another.
“We’ve noticed emerging research indicating that open source code contributions on GitHub are associated with more startups, improved innovation, and tens of billions of euros in GDP. Therefore, we hope that by facilitating access to data, more research and public policies will be made, resulting in more opportunities for developers”, explains Mike Linksvayer, Vice President of Developer Policy at GitHub.
The Innovation Graph includes longitudinal metrics for economies around the world and is launching with a dedicated web page and repository. It also provides quarterly data on git push, devs, organizations, repositories, programming languages, licenses, topics, and economic contributors since 2020.”Mike Linksvayer, Vice President of Developer Policy at GitHub
The purpose of the Innovation Graph
According to Linksvayer, for a long time, innovation measures focused only on topics such as patents and research documents, while policymakers, researchers and other professionals had difficulty finding reliable data on global trends in software development.
This was also observed through a survey commissioned by GitHub carried out by the consultancy Tattle, which showed that researchers in the areas of development, public policy and economics were interested in using the platform's data, but faced many barriers in obtaining and using this information. “We want to break down these barriers by providing the GitHub Innovation Graph,” reinforces Linksvayer.
Brazil among the highlights
Among the main global numbers presented in the Innovation Graph, data from Brazil stands out. A survey from the first quarter of 2023 showed that there are more than 3,7 million Brazilian individual developers and more than 205 thousand Brazilian organizations on GitHub.
The Innovation Graph also revealed that Brazilians sent code more than 6,2 million times, and both individuals and companies held more than 9,8 million repositories on the platform, in this period alone. Brazil's main contributing countries on GitHub were the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.
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