CAST Research Labs was founded in 2008 to explore industry trends in the structural quality of software. In 2017, CRL added the research of open source software to its significant body of work in custom-written IT software. CRL researchers analyze OSS projects, prioritizing those most heavily in use by CAST customers.
To date, CRL has analyzed several hundred OSS projects. Some of these analyses were published in April 2018 as the first Software Intelligence Report on Open Source. This report features general quality and security trends in OSS projects along with leaderboards in various categories of quality. CRL also engages the OSS community directly by providing the projects with specific security and quality findings that would help benefit their efforts.
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