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LF Research publishes actionable and decision-useful insights into open source software, hardware, standards, and data based on empirical research methodologies. Through leveraging community networks, project databases, surveys, and qualitative findings, and through its commitment to best practices in primary research, Linux Foundation Research is the definitive home for data-driven insights into open source for the benefit of governments, enterprises, and society at large.

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Recommended Practices for Hosting and Managing Open Source Projects on GitHub

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GitHub is a critical platform for the development and management of open source projects. When using the platform, there are important practices to consider so that a project maximizes its openness, collaboration, transparency, and community-oriented development.

This report is a reflection on the power of GitHub to manage open source projects. It is based on a compilation of best practices to help developers enhance project engagement, understandability, and organization. Recommendations range from documentation and communication practices to embedding open source principles into the foundations of project development. 

These recommendations will help guide the creation and management of open source projects that get the most out of the many tools and opportunities provided by GitHub. Read the report for the full list of recommendations!

Author: Ibrahim Haddad, Ph.D, Vice President, Strategic Programs (AI & Data), The Linux Foundation

With a foreword by Jeff McAffer, Senior Director of Product, GitHub

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