Libre (free, open source) projects offer publicly available data sources. The research community is starting to produce, use and exchange large data sets of information. These data sets have to be retrieved, purged, described, and can be published for public consumption by other groups. Their availability allows for the decoupling of research activities, the reproducibility of research results, and even the collaboration (and competition) in the analysis of data.
This activity is frequently presented at workshops and conferences, but since the focus of these conferences is not specific to the use of public data, discussions of techniques and experiences are not as deep and fruitful as they could be. This workshop is once again (for the fourth year in a row) such a place. We will host discussions specifically about these sorts of public data sets about software development, how they are retrieved, how they can be analyzed and mined, how they can be exchanged and extended.