Happy new year!

All the Gephi Team wishes you a happy new year! A tremendous year finished, a promising one begins. This post is an opportunity to sum up the important facts of 2010, and announcing the objectives for 2011. At the end you will discover one of Gephi’s secret…

Some 2010 facts

VACN trophy

Gephi 0.7 – After more than a year of development, Gephi 0.7 was released on February. Based on NetBeans Platform, this new version written from scratch is able to scale the complexity of the source code with a modular approach, opening the way to community plug-ins and a fine control on features. Gephi 0.7 beta is still the official release, maintained easily through automatic updates. Today, it has been downloaded more than 35,000 times!

Google Summer of CodeSelected again by the Google Open Source program, we welcomed six new students on the project. Performing an excellent work, André Panisson, Antonio Patriarca, Cezary Bartosiak, Martin Škurla and Yi Du still continue to work on their plug-ins and have become regular contributors. We were also pleased to see Eduardo Ramos joining us to create the Data Laboratory.

Duke’s Choice Award at JavaOne – Revealing the international dimension of our community, Gephi was selected by Java creators to win the Duke’s Choice Award 2010, a recognition given to a few for putting innovation at the edge of Java technologies. Held in San Francisco, the conference was the opportunity to show Gephi to Java gurus and leading companies in the field.

Scientific diffusion – Gephi was recognized as a valuable tool for research activity. Cited in papers on network studies, we were accepted at great conferences like IEEE Eurovis and INSNA Sunbelt, also invited at the expert workshops Data Driven Dynamical Networks and Modelling Knowledge Dynamics…and exhibited at the International Design Biennale. The Gephi Team has even been declared winner of the VACN Cookoff last week! Nothing to say that the community made an outstanding word-of-mouth, talking about their studies on conferences and online, sharing experience on blogs and helping each other. This trophy is yours.

Real-world applications – The Gephi Toolkit is used by the Indiana University and LinkedIn Labs:

 

LinkedIn InMaps Truthy
LinkedIn InMaps » Truthy – Indiana University »

Objectives for 2011

Following the roadmap and manifesto, here is our plan for the year.

Gephi 0.8 – Evolution of the previous release, it aims to include dynamic network analysis features and being more stable. It will be localized in French and Spanish since the first alpha release, planned for February.

Gephi Consortium – The non-profit organization will enter in activity on spring. It provides core services to the community, supports the development of the Gephi Open Source framework, and help other projects.

Dual licensing – We want to facilitate the use of Gephi by companies. As the GNU AGPL license is restrictive against commercial activities and is not so well understood, we will provide a paid commercial license to avoid all juridical uncertainties and allow the integration of the source core (only) in all kind of softwares. The Gephi Consortium should guarantee that this economic system will benefit for the Open Source project and contributors at large.

Improved documentation – Online documentation and tutorials will be completed for both users and developers. A manual will be drafted.

Official training seminars on Exploratory Network Analysis with Gephi – Started in the second half of 2010, an official training program is progressively put in place to offer high-quality seminars on network analysis with Gephi.

Bonus

Finally, discover how graphs are drawn inside Gephi software! See the image on Flickr here.😉

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