A preliminary exploration of the GitHub ecosystem: how to find important repositories

Alshomali, Mohammad Azeez, Holdsworth, Jason, and Hamilton, John R. (2017) A preliminary exploration of the GitHub ecosystem: how to find important repositories. In: Proceedings of ISCA 2017. pp. 346-352. From: ISCA 2017: 1st Iraqi Scholars Conference in Australasia, 5-6 December 2017, Melbourne, VIC, Australia.

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GitHub is arguably the most influential OSS version control system currently available. It is utilized by indie developers and large global companies. GitHub is an OSS developer service hub where a creator's raw project data can be accessed. However, with large numbers of developers, and significant numbers of projects hosted on GitHub, it remains difficult to extract useful knowledge from such projects since not all repositories are legal, accurate, or still active. In this paper, we suggest better ways to query GitHub and extracted useful repositories that highly related to search criteria. The paper also contains a trend analysis of the top JavaScript, Java, and Python GitHub repositories. Observations indicate there are attributes other than star and fork that could be useful for better query result when searching GitHub to direct result away from questionable repositories. The paper concludes by offering insights into future larger scale studies.

Item ID: 53639
Item Type: Conference Item (Research - E1)
ISBN: 978-1-925761-01-6
Date Deposited: 15 May 2018 00:30
FoR Codes: 35 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 3507 Strategy, management and organisational behaviour > 350705 Innovation management @ 50%
46 INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES > 4609 Information systems > 460999 Information systems not elsewhere classified @ 50%
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