Spotlight: OMB should look to community for open source metrics, says industry exec

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Under a proposed open source software policy the administration unveiled yesterday, the Office of Management and Budget has 120 days to issue metrics that will be used to measure the success or failure of agencies' open source pilot programs. In the spirit of openness, one federal IT executive said the White House should consider crowdsourcing those appropriate metrics based on what's already available in the community, rather than reinventing the wheel.

"I would actually say, let's go right back to the community," suggested Christian Heiter, chief technology officer at Hitachi Data Systems Federal, during an interview Thursday.

From download rates to pull requests, open source platforms already in use at federal agencies are tracking impact and engagement with agencies' data sets and open source code.

"Leverage the open source tools from the open source community to help track the open source adoption," said Heiter.