Talks: Who is using an open source project? How do you find out?

Friday - May 17th, 2024 11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. in Ballroom A

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Having insights on how people use your project is helpful as a maintainer and user. Published artifacts provided a wealth of information for me to gather external feedback for the library I created -- Mesa, a library for agent-based modeling in Python. I learned who used it, where, and how they applied it. I also found areas of opportunities for improvement that users communicated in publications but did not submit in issues. I discovered how users structured projects and methods for standards of model sharing, as well as domain-specific extensions that wouldn’t have been discoverable otherwise. Take a journey with me to review the more than 350 citations Mesa has received in the nine years it has existed to learn about what we discovered and how to create your own in hopes of starting your breadcrumbs of user feedback.