[Bioc-devel] Use and Usability metrics / shields
dtenenba at fredhutch.org
Wed May 13 20:37:45 CEST 2015
----- Original Message -----
> From: "Martin Morgan" <mtmorgan at fredhutch.org>
> To: bioc-devel at r-project.org
> Sent: Saturday, May 9, 2015 10:15:13 AM
> Subject: [Bioc-devel] Use and Usability metrics / shields
> Bioc developers!
> It's important that our users be able to identify packages that are
> suitable for
> their research question. Obviously a first step is to identify
> packages in the
> appropriate research domain, for instance through biocViews.
> We'd like to help users further prioritize their efforts by
> summarizing use and
> usability. Metrics include:
> - Cross-platform availability -- biocLite()-able from all or only
> some platforms
> - Support forum activity -- questions and comments / responses, 6
> month window
> - Download percentile -- top 5, 20, 50%, or 'available'
> - Current build status -- errors or warnings on some or all platforms
> - Developer activity -- commits in the last 6 months
> - Historical presence -- years in Bioconductor
> Obviously the metrics are imperfect, so constructive feedback welcome
> -- we
> think the above capture in a more-or-less objective and computable
> way the major
> axes influencing use and usability.
> We initially intend to prominently display 'shields' (small graphical
> icons) on
> package landing pages.
This has now been implemented. You can see it at e.g.
The shields are also available for use externally, for example if you want to display build status on a README in Github. Just pull in the image from:
Note that devel has a different build shield:
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