“As we look at all these projects, they span the gamut of different parts of the industry,” said Dave Gruber, director of developer marketing at Black Duck. “We don’t actually set out to pick the project; we set out to pick the Top 10 projects that represent the most traction and momentum in the open-source community—and also the people who are addressing interesting and important topics that are taking place at the same time.”
Black Duck reviewed thousands of open-source projects started in 2012 to select this year’s Rookies, which are (in alphabetical order) Ansible, Chaplin js, GPUImage, Hammer.js, InaSAFE, Sidekiq, Syte, Twitter Bower, TypeScript and Yahoo Mojito. An Honorable Mention goes to DCPUToolChain.
Gruber said that much of Black Duck’s analysis is driven by data captured on its Ohloh.net community site. He said this is where it tracks when projects start, when they start to get a lot of contributors and committers, and when the commit stream starts to accelerate. They also track how much buzz and excitement is going around in the community about these projects.
“Because we rely on Ohloh to assess and compare growth, including project activity, commit pace, project team attributes and other factors, all projects being considered for a Rookies award must be in Ohloh,” Gruber added.