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How can I find usage statistics for an open source project?

Put simply, is there any way to find out how widely used a given open source project is? Say, for example, I am looking for a serialization library. I can imagine various metrics to help choose ...
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How many open source committers are in Germany?

There are possibly millions of worldwide OSS committers indepdently from the fact how the contributions are related to their employment. Is the a way to know how do they are spread across the world, ...
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Studies about harassment in the world of open source development?

I was browsing around when I came across this: "Open Source is awful in many ways, and people should be aware of this". This really struck me and surprised me. While I understand that ...
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Is there data on the frequency of Open Source License type by industry?

Is there data on the frequency of Open Source License type by software industry type (eg. video editing, malware scanning, word processing, cryptocurrency, VPN, file encryption, etc)? Data for any ...
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How to identify programming language of a file for Open Hub?

Open Hub provides statistics on a number of open source projects. Some of this data is categorized by programming language. How do they identify the programming languages in the source code? Is is by ...
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Do open source projects have better or worse female participation than proprietary projects?

Sometimes the claim is heard open source projects are especially unfriendly to women. Sometimes the claim is heard, that open-source projects are especially inclusive. It probably is impossible to ...
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Are open source projects growing faster relative to closed source ones?

Are open source projects growing faster (in terms of the number of users and developers) relative to closed source ones? Are there any metrics measuring this?
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Are there statistics showing the usage over time of open source implementations of programming languages compilers/interpreters?

Many programming languages have popular open-source implementations: C, C++, Java, Javascript, Python, C#, PHP. Does statistical data exist that shows how much of the software (open source or not) ...
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Licensed Projects: How many projects are licensed without a file?

I've been searching around a little bit for statistics on how many projects are licensed with a licence file in their repository. I found this article with a graph: The spike between 2013 and 2014 ...
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Total number of person-hours spent on writing free software

Are there any rough estimates of the total number of person-hours that have been spent on writing FLOSS software? (paid and volunteer)
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Has there been research about how aware the general public is of open source?

To (most) people in IT, terms like "open source" and "free software" bring up a lot of associations. (For some those association differ wildly between these two terms.) Does the same go for the ...