Episode 44

GSOC: M.A.R.S. Project - Metrics Automated Release System with Yash and Ritik


24 September 2021

35 mins 26 secs

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About this Episode

Hello and welcome to CHAOSScast Community podcast, where we share use cases and experiences with measuring and improving open source community health. Elevating conversations about metrics, analytics, and software from the Community Health Analytics Open Source Software, or short CHAOSS Project, to wherever you like to listen.

Today, we have with us Yash and Ritik, who are two students that worked with us this summer with the Google Summer of Code 2021, on automating the CHAOSS Metric Release. We are going to discuss the CHAOSS M.A.R.S. Project and learn all about what it is and what problem it solves. They also go in depth about the process of releasing the metrics, as well as how they went about doing the Translations of CHAOSS metrics. Yash and Ritik also share what their favorite part of the experience was participating in Google Summer of Code in the CHAOSS Project. Download this episode now to find out much more, and don’t forget to subscribe for free to this podcast and share this podcast with your friends and colleagues.

[00:02:13] Yash and Ritik tell us a little bit about themselves and what they’re doing outside and within CHAOSS. We also learn how they heard about the CHAOSS project and how they got interested in the Google Summer of Code program.

[00:05:10] Find out more about the M.A.R.S. (Metrics Automated Release System) Project and what the connection was with the Google Summer of Code.

[00:08:43] Ritik goes into detail how they solve the problem with M.A.R.S., how it works, and the components involved, which now, it’s as simple as a click of a button! Ritik and Yash also tells us how they had to consider the work of the community and how the working groups within those repositories worked and the structures they had to follow, as well as the connection and technical components with the M.A.R.S. Project.

[00:15:16] Georg talks about the goals of Google Summer of Code, one of which is to bring in people to open source communities and show them the way this works. He talks about the strengths that Ritik and Yash had and why they were selected as students.

[00:16:30] Ritik and Yash let us know if anything has changed for them in terms of how they think about open source engagement.

[00:19:04] What are Ritik and Yash’s future plans?

[00:20:52] Kevin brings up a point about through the M.A.R.S. Project and how the work helped define the process with translating the metrics into different languages. Matt and Yash share some thoughts on this as well.

[00:22:27] Georg tells us about the community handbook you can look at if you’re interested in the process, and the CHAOSS Metric Quality Checklist as well. Yash tells us how this checklist came about, the hurdles along the way, and what he’s learned.

[00:26:10] Ritik and Yash tell us their favorite part about the Google Summer of Code experience in the CHAOSS Project.

[00:29:18] Find out where you can follow Yash and Ritik online.

Value Adds of the week:

  • [00:30:06] Georg’s pick is bark.us.
  • [00:31:38] Kevin’s pick is listening to music.
  • [00:32:31] Matt’s pick is helping with his son’s college recruiting trips.
  • [00:33:12] Yash’s pick is to enjoy your work and take breaks!
  • [00:33:52] Ritik’s pick is Snooker tricks.


  • Georg Link
  • Matt Germonprez
  • Kevin Lumbard


  • Yash Prakash
  • Ritik Malik



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