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Is counting open source code contributions really useful?

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If you're active in the open source world, Ohloh probably knows you. The Bellevue, Wash., software company has a database of some 70,000 developers working on nearly 11,000 of the world's major open source projects.

After a year of building up its community of open source developers, Ohloh (whose backers include former Microsoft big wig Paul Maritz) has begun trying to cash in on a database that attempts to measure the productivity of open source projects -- and evaluate the developers working on them.

Is Ohloh measuring developers in a useful way?

Ohloh's developer evaluation approach raises a significant question: Is there an accurate way beyond word of mouth to measure the importance and skill of a developer?

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