"Count what is countable. Measure what is measureable. What is not measureable, make measureable." -- Galileo

Sunday, February 17, 2008

The Great Backyard Plone Count

Sorry to have overslept on this one: The Great Backyard Bird Count is underway this weekend. You've got until the 18th of February to spend at least 15 minutes somewhere counting the greatest number of each given bird species that you see at any one time. Then enter your results at the website.

What's this got to do with Plone? Well, straight off, GBBC's website is powered by Plone. Once again Plone is empowering the not-for-profits.

Secondly, it occurs to me that this might be a useful approach for surveying Plone sites. Lakomy's automated survey for the UK and Plone.net's listing are fascinating in their own right, but there are gaps. Lakomy doesn't distinguish between live and derelict sites; Plone.net relies on self-submission and (understandably) cherry picks the best sites to showcase Plone's capabilities.

A Great Backyard Plone Count could actually provide useful information on the number of active Plone sites, ownership, activity level, geographical distribution, and so on. I'll have to give this some more thought so that the design is correct, the process repeatable, and the results understandable.

Meanwhile, get out those binoculars and start counting birds....

No comments: