How do we know whether an open source project is doing well? Number of contributors? Number of users? Number of appearances on The Changelog*? Nadia's been researching these things:
A lot of people are interested in measuring the health and velocity of open source projects. After digging through the current research landscape, I’d like to summarize the most common approaches I’ve seen, and my conclusions here.
One conclusion she's come to is that our current methods aren't cutting the mustard. Find out why and what some of her suggestions for improvement are in this excellent piece.
*yes of course that's a joke