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More ratings, please

Posted 07 Feb 2011 by 

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Given the interest in my earlier article about a scorecard for open source and my own rough-and-ready benchmark proposal, I’d be interested in seeing how well the benchmark works at rating a variety of open source projects. If you’re familiar enough with a project to be willing to have your name associated with rating it, please complete the table below in the same style as my own evaluation of OpenJDK. Cut and paste into an e-mail and send the completed table to me. After review, I’ll publish all valid good-faith submissions on my blog.

Rule Data Evaluation Score
Instructions Provide sample extracts from public sources supporting your evaluation, together with links Read the Benchmark. Evaluate as objectively as possible, and conclude with a rationale for the score you are giving. Score -1 for a rule where the governance implementation detracts from open-by-rule; score 0 for implementations that have an overall neutral effect; score +1 for implementations that contribute positively to an open-by-rule community. “Open/Meritocratic/Oligarchy” scores between -3 and +3, evaluating for each word. I’ll review your submission before publication, so don’t worry too much :-)  
Open, Meritocratic Oligarchy     +/-3
Modern license     +/-1
Copyright aggregation     +/-1
Trademark policy     +/-1
Roadmap     +/-1
Multiple co-developers     +/-1
Forking feasible     +/-1
Transparency     +/-1
    Summary (scale -10 to +10) +/-3
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Computer industry veteran Simon Phipps has been involved at a strategic level in some of the world’s leading technology companies for decades. He has worked in such hands-on roles as field engineer, programmer and systems analyst, as well as run a software publishing company. He worked with networking standards in the eighties, on the first commercial collaborative conferencing software in the nineties, and helped introduce both Java and XML at IBM.

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