Data Visualization Git Live, a visualization of activity on GitHub.

Published on September 24th, 2014 | by Travis Korte


Visualizing Online Code Collaboration

Git Live visualizes real-time global activity on online code collaboration platform GitHub. The visualization shows a variety of different GitHub actions, including instances when users “star” (i.e. favorite) one another’s work, propose changes to a piece of code, comment with an issue or suggestion associated with a codebase, or create a new project based on existing code. Anish Athalye, an undergraduate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who created Git Live, discussed a number of insights from the visualization on his blog, including the fact that overseas collaboration is extremely common and that while most of the code is being created in the United States and Europe, users in other places mainly star others’ work.

Take a look.

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About the Author

Travis Korte is a research analyst at the Center for Data Innovation specializing in data science applications and open data. He has a background in journalism, computer science and statistics. Prior to joining the Center for Data Innovation, he launched the Science vertical of The Huffington Post and served as its Associate Editor, covering a wide range of science and technology topics. He has worked on data science projects with HuffPost and other organizations. Before this, he graduated with highest honors from the University of California, Berkeley, having studied critical theory and completed coursework in computer science and economics. His research interests are in computational social science and using data to engage with complex social systems. You can follow him on Twitter @traviskorte.

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