Making up after the 100-Day Plan

After more than four months of intense activity, and after the end of the 100-Day Plan it’s time to sum up what was achieved since the release of the 0.7 version. Most of the objectives have been carried out and Gephi has been downloaded more than 17K times since February. The future looks bright and more and more people are interested using and developing the software. Networks are gaining a lot of momentum in the research community and in the industry, by being a generic and extensible platform we position Gephi as a reference tool. If you’re interested funding us, please let us know.

To beta version

Four versions have been released and a lot of bugs have been fixed during this period. The current version is 0.7 alpha 4, released last month. New features were also developed, with the help of the developer community and were quickly deployed, for instance PDF Export and new Metrics. Not later than yesterday, new bug-fixes were deployed and available through Gephi updates.

The milestone date is also fixed for the 0.7 beta: August 14, 2010. The aim is to fix remaining bugs until this date. If you notice one, please consider reporting it.

Documentation

A Quick Start Guide and a Visualization Tutorial have been written. The community made great tutorials also, which made a huge difference. Kudos to them. The forum has also showed great ability to connect with users and provide quick support. Many efforts are still needed in that way and hope to get more support writing tutorials.

Manifesto

We completed the Gephi Manifesto, to understand the project’s goals and aims.

Communication

The video Introducing Gephi 0.7 had a huge success, viewed more than 12K times. It was done to promote the release of the 0.7 version and succeeded in this job. Gephi has now its place among graph visualization software and is already recognized for its easiness and efficiency. But above all, the audience see great potential in Gephi and many people are thinking how they could use or reuse Gephi for achieving bigger tasks. That is very positive and we are cheering developers to code plug-ins.

Follow the #madewithgephi hashtag on Twitter to see recent comments. The Gephi team also attended the IEEE EuroVis conference in June and will provide software demonstration at Sunbelt XXX next week, on Friday July 2.

Development

Thought the 0.7 beta is still in preparation, the new developments still continue and are now in a very active period. Indeed, six Google Summer of Code students are working hard and are preparing outstanding improvements. The whole code is also profiting from the toolkit project, where essential modules are built together in a single JAR in order to be reused as a Java library. Good progress is made on this project. It is very important for many developers who wants to reuse Gephi features in other Java applications. So stay tuned about GSoC updates and gephi-toolkit!

The roadmap and blueprints page also got a lifting.

We would like also to reinforce interoperability with other tools and develop connectors to new file formats.

Developers tutorials

New help pages for developers were created: Checkout Code, Configuring NetBeans and Plugin Quick Start. HowTo for extending Gephi features have been written also, including layout, metric and import and were already used by third-parties developers to create new plugins.

The next tutorial will concentrate on the gephi-toolkit project and how to reuse Gephi as a Java library.

Many other tasks are on the way, notably translating Gephi in French and Spanish and preparing Gephi Student Program. We are very interested involving CS students and propose to them challenging tasks for a semester or a quartile. We hope to interest professors about that.

One more thing, after discussing with the community members we decided to move to AGPL licence for the beta version. The GNU Affero General Public License is a modified version of the ordinary GNU GPL version 3. It has one added requirement: if you run the program on a server and let other users communicate with it there, your server must also allow them to download the source code corresponding to the program that it’s running. If what’s running there is your modified version of the program, the server’s users must get the source code as you modified it. It is specifically designed to protect the Gephi Toolkit.

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