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Organizational Diversity

Question: What is the organizational diversity of contributions?


Organizational diversity expresses how many different organizations are involved in a project and how involved different organizations are compared to one another.


Contributors are employed by a variety of organizations, which can influence the direction of the project. Organizational diversity looks at the organizations contributing to a project, including the percentage of contributions from each organization within a defined period of time to see the change of composition of organizations within a defined period of time. As part of organizational diversity, it is also useful to look at the people that are associated with each organization.

Organizational diversity may impact the inclusivity of a project either positively or negatively. If an organization is employing people to work on open source, those people might come from more diverse backgrounds than projects that rely on people to have free time as volunteer contributors. If a single company dominates the project, others might not feel included or welcome.


  • Collect data from data sources where contributions occur.
  • Identify contributor affiliations to get a good estimate of which organizations they belong to.
  • Correlate information about contributions, assigning each to appropriate organization.
  • Depending on the needs of the project, you may want to consider such issues as how to handle multiple email addresses, affiliation changes over time, or contractor vs. employee.


Organizational Diversity Pie Chart

Tools Providing the Metric

GrimoireLab supports organizational diversity metrics out of the box. The GrimoireLab SortingHat manages identities. The GrimoireLab Hatstall user interface allows correcting organizational affiliation of people and even recording affiliation changes.

  • LF Analytics provides organization diversity metrics in the primary view for commits, issues filed, and communication channels (current support for Slack and

Organizational Diversity View

Data Collection Strategies


  • Footprint of an organization in a project or ecosystem
  • Influence of an organization in a project or ecosystem
  • Affiliation diversity in governance structures.


  • % of commits by each organization
  • % of merges/reviews from each organization
  • % of any kind of contributors from each organization
  • % of lines of code contributed by each organization
  • % issues filed by each organization
  • New Contributor Organizations - New organizations contributing to the project over time.
  • Number of Contributing Organizations - Number of organizations participating in the project over time.
  • Elephant Factor - If 50% of community members are employed by the same company, it is the elephant in the room. Formally: The minimum number of companies whose employees perform 50% of the commits
  • Affiliation Diversity - Ratio of contributors from a single company over all contributors. Also described as: Maintainers from different companies. Diversity of contributor affiliation.
  • In projects with the concept of code ownership, % of code owners affiliated with each organization weighed by the importance/size/LoC of the code they own and the number of co-owners.



  • Dawn Foster
  • Kevin Lumbard
  • Vinod Ahuja
  • Elizabeth Barron
  • Sean Goggins
  • Matt Germonprez
  • Georg Link

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