Visualizing the Sourceforge Download Data
Author Amy Vernon wrote an interesting piece showing the change in download volume by platform over time at Sourceforge. Sourceforge is in an envious position from a data perspective. Few sites have as high a download volume for such a wide variety of projects. I thought it would be fun to put together some additional visualizations of the data. I started with some Excel charts, but user warpdude over at Hacker News turned me on to the idea of using the Google Visualization API. Just a couple of quick changes to the source of his example, and we have a set of interesting graphs showing the same time-series data.
Update: Rich Bowen provided an insight via Twitter that much of the “other” data is from update services and non-browser requests. Hello, curl. We’re looking at you!
Update 2: Have a look in the comments for an update from Rich Bowen further addressing the concerns regarding ‘other’.