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Ohloh Announces A Public Beta Of Its Open Source Information Service

Public Beta Provides Deep Open Source Project Information

Ohloh, a Bellevue-based provider of information about open source software, announced the Public Beta of its new service. Ohloh's open source information service provides the most current software metrics and project information on open source software projects. With this information prospective users of open source software can objectively determine what offering is right for them.

"We founded Ohloh because we recognized the difficulty developers have finding and evaluating open source software when using existing search engines, directories and community sites that focus on open source software," said Scott Collison, CEO of Ohloh. "Ohloh's free service provides a depth of information and a level of rigor on open source software that is unparalleled on the web today."

Important features on Ohloh include:
-- Real Information: Ohloh collects hard project information from the project's source code and the source control system used by the project's development team.
-- Recent Information: Ohloh constantly indexes open source projects so that Ohloh users have the latest information available on the projects that they view.
-- Comparative Summary: Ohloh provides a quick summary of how a project's metrics compare with other open source projects.
-- Powerful Search: Ohloh makes search easier, allowing users to search categories and projects quickly and reliably.
-- Automated Data Collection: All of Ohloh's information is collected automatically. If a user suggests a new project, Ohloh can quickly get that project on the system.

Ohloh values its Beta users' feedback and will work to improve its service over the coming weeks. The most common request from private Beta users has been to add more projects that are fully indexed to the site. Ohloh indexes hundreds of open source projects every week, so this request is rapidly being addressed.

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