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Beyond Name Dropping and Fancy Degrees: Crunching Data to Make Living Resumés

As we put more and more of our selves online, often under our real names, we create living resumés more descriptive than the familiar static list of where we went to school and where we were employed.

Just Google-stalking a person doesn’t necessarily indicate how capable they are, but peer review, social feedback and other comparisons can help make sense of all that information.

A new site called Gitalytics credentials programmers by evaluating the significance of their open source contributions as recorded on the popular project hosting site Github.

Gitalytics is a product of White Label Labs, a start-up led by former Imeem engineering manager Sameer Al-Sakran. It’s aimed at hirers and recruiters who are willing to pay at least $75 per month to evaluate potential candidates.

As the site puts it, “Resumé inflation might be rampant but code talks!”

Gitalytics is notable for its efforts to quantify a person’s value. The site gives scores for “productivity” (as measured by what portion of a project a coder contributed) and “impact” (from factors like how many Github users are following a project).

Gitalytics is part of a larger trend toward living our professional lives online, in an environment where we are evaluated by our peers, and thus creating publicly available evidence of how good we might be at a job we don’t yet have.

For coders and the people who want to hire them, Gitalytics might be useful. For other professions, valuable indicators could be a person’s well-received contributions on Quora or a high Klout score measuring his or her influence on Twitter.

Moral of the story? Researching a person online doesn’t just have to be about dredging up drunken Facebook photos.

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— Gitesh Pandya of comments on the dreadful opening weekend box office numbers for “The Fifth Estate.”