GitHub has introduced the so-called Innovation Graph, a comprehensive initiative aimed at offering open data and insights pertaining to the global and local impact of software developers. The platform, likened to a vast library of information about computer programs, showcases how software is developed worldwide, providing a wealth of data that started being compiled in 2020 and is updated quarterly.
The introduction of the Innovation Graph comes as a response to the growing interest and demand for GitHub data among international development, public policy, and economics researchers. However, accessing and utilizing this data has been challenging. The Innovation Graph aims to alleviate these challenges by providing aggregated data directly from the source, serving as a data resource for community reuse. GitHub envisions the platform being used to demonstrate how developer activity correlates with economic growth, the impact of developer-friendly policies on developer output, and how individual contributions align with broader trends.
Detailed Insights about code contributors
The Innovation Graph offers detailed insights including the identities of contributors to the code, the programming languages utilized, and the economic implications of these developments. This resource is open and free, making it an invaluable tool for a diverse audience, including researchers, policymakers, and developers. It facilitates data exploration, research, and data visualization to provide context for developers about their position in the global community.
The platform is not just a repository of information; it's a versatile tool that can be employed in various scenarios. For instance, companies seeking experienced software developers can leverage the Innovation Graph to find candidates proficient in the required languages and technologies. Researchers can analyze trends in software development, and students aspiring to learn coding can discover popular projects and learn from seasoned developers.
Insights and Visualizations
The Innovation Graph goes beyond providing raw data; it offers graphic visualizations of each metric, enabling users to examine individual economies, assess collaboration between different economies, and observe how various metrics have evolved since Q1 2020. Mike Linksvayer, VP of GitHub developer policy, emphasized that the platform is designed to be highly interactive, encouraging users to explore trends across different time periods and economies.
Anticipating Future Developments
GitHub plans to release insight reports on topics that are particularly relevant to the platform's core audience. These reports are expected to facilitate more research and lead to the development of policies that foster opportunities for developers. As Mike Linksvayer puts it, “Easily accessible data will make for more (and compelling) research, and ultimately more policies that foster developer opportunity – and more opportunity for anyone to be a developer.”
“We've designed it to be highly interactive and encourage users to explore trends across different time periods, economies and more,” said Mike Linksvayer, highlighting the platform's versatility and user engagement.
“Easily accessible data will make for more (and compelling) research, and ultimately more policies that foster developer opportunity – and more opportunity for anyone to be a developer,” Linksvayer added, emphasizing the potential impact of the Innovation Graph on the developer community and policy-making.