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July 20, 2012

Black Duck Opens up, Launches Beta Code Search Capability

Continuing with their investment in developer resources built to accelerate the development and adoption of free and open source software (FOSS), Black Duck Software (News - Alert) has made significant updates to, a comprehensive online directory of open source projects, contributors and code. data has been licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license. In addition, a public Beta version of a powerful new open source code search engine, Ohloh Code, is also now available.

 "Visible metrics help open source project teams better manage the operations of their projects, track progress, recruit new members and share their progress with others," said Mike Milinkovich, executive director for the Eclipse Foundation. "Black Duck's decision to open up the data in Ohloh will make it easier for open source projects to be more transparent about the success and activity of a project."

According to a press release, Ohloh provides a single source of information to the world's open source projects from over 5,000 repositories, including GitHub, SourceForge and Google (News - Alert) Code, as well as open source foundation repositories such as the Eclipse, Mozilla, Apache, and Linux. By freely licensing the metadata on more than 550,000 FOSS projects in Ohloh to the broad open source community, Black Duck has facilitated a means to analyze the world of open source and adoption of the open data.

"Licensing Ohloh data under Creative Commons offers both enterprises and the open source community a new level of access to FOSS data, allowing trending, tracking, and insight for the open source community," said Tim Yeaton, president and CEO of Black Duck Software.

The new public Beta of the Ohloh Code search engine can be used to search from over 10 billion lines of open source code. It also adds new filtering capabilities for faster code search and selection. Additionally, Ohloh Code is now integrated with Ohloh project metadata, enabling developers to easily evaluate both the code and its source project. This integrated analysis tool is the first of its kind in the industry.

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Edited by Allison Boccamazzo

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