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From Parashuram <n.parashu...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: Collecting Telemetry data for Apache Cordova project
Date Mon, 02 Nov 2015 22:08:22 GMT

Would you happen to have links to discussions of threads in the Flex or
CloudStack projects where this is discussed ?

I think we should atleast have a privacy policy, and let users opt out of
collecting data. The main purpose of this data is to understand the places
where users experience most errors, or the commands that are most unused in
our Cordova tooling. Cordova has a NodeJS based command line interface and
this is where the data would be collected. We have not yet decided on where
this data is stored or who controls it.

Before we looked into those questions, I first wanted to check if it was
even ok for us to collect this information. Now that I understand that
Apache does not have policies against collecting data, I think that it
would make sense for Cordova committers to get back and answer the
questions like
- where the data lives - I am guessing this would be some Apache server
- who can access this data - I think at the minimum, the apache committers
and PMC would be able to access the data. We should discuss this in the
community and see if it makes sense to let everyone be able to read this
data, since this is aggregated and anonymous anyway.
- Who controls the data - this should be the committers and the PMC, but
will also be discussed in the community.


On Mon, Nov 2, 2015 at 1:36 PM, David Nalley <david@gnsa.us> wrote:

> The Flex folks connect some (very limited) telemetry.
> The CloudStack folks are discussing it and working on it.
> But I am unaware of any data collection policies from a foundation
> perspective
> My personal questions would be:
> * Where does the data live / how is it collected
> * Who has access to it
> * Who controls the data
> --David
> On Thu, Oct 29, 2015 at 12:24 AM, Parashuram N <panarasi@microsoft.com>
> wrote:
> > Hi,
> >
> > The Apache Cordova project currently has a command line interface that
> our
> > users use to create and developer multi-platform mobile applications. The
> > Apache Cordova community has been working on many features to make the
> user
> > experience better. Currently however, we have no way of knowing which
> > features we implement are used by users and which are not. We also do not
> > have good data about the typical commands that fail or the situations
> under
> > which they fail.
> >
> > To make better informed decisions, one proposal that the community was
> > discussing was about adding some sort of telemetry that reports back
> data.
> > This data would totally anonymous, aggregated and only used for data
> driven
> > decision making when deciding on implementing new features. I wanted to
> > understand if there are any Apache policies around telemetry. I am not
> aware
> > of other projects that collect telemetry, and wanted some guidance on
> how to
> > approach the problem.
> >
> > It would be great if you could point us to resources, or help us
> understand
> > best practices on collecting telemetry data for an Apache project.

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