[tor-project] October 2017 report for the metrics team

Karsten Loesing karsten at torproject.org
Mon Nov 6 15:19:39 UTC 2017

Hello Tor, hello world!

Below you'll find the highlights of Tor metrics team work done in
October 2017.

On behalf of the Tor metrics team,

Received funding [1] for some very important metrics work for the
upcoming 12 months. This funding will allow us to document why we chose
to do data collection, aggregation, and presentation the way we do. It
also lets us specify how we're aggregating data on a level of detail
that will be sufficient for others to reproduce our aggregated numbers.
Initial work done with this funding is an internal collection of related
questions from mailing lists and initial thoughts on structuring the
documents to be written.

 [1] https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/wiki/org/sponsors/Sponsor13

Attended the Tor meeting in Montreal and discussed the metrics team
roadmap for the next 12 months, which will be finalized and published in

Released CollecTor 1.4.0, metrics-lib 2.1.1, and Onionoo 4.2-1.6.0 [2]
to publish the build revision of the software running on a particular
Onionoo or Collector instance. Released CollecTor 1.4.1 and Onionoo
4.2-1.6.1 [3] to handle unusually structured (but valid) descriptors.

 [2] https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-dev/2017-October/012479.html
 [3] https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-dev/2017-October/012526.html

Started work on metrics-bot [4], a tool to provide insights into data
collected by the metrics team through Twitter [5], Mastodon [6] and IRC
to boost awareness and community engagement.

 [4] https://people.torproject.org/~irl/metrics-bot/
 [5] https://twitter.com/TorAtlas
 [6] https://botsin.space/@metricsbot

Improved Tor Atlas by adding an alert to suggest updating Tor version on
outdated relays, and also a link to the relay lifecycle blog post when a
relay is less than 2 weeks old to help new operators understand more
[7]. A change was also made to prepare for the removal of the $ prefixes
for family fingerprints, making it easier to copy/paste these
fingerprints into shell scripts [8].

 [7] https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/ticket/23767
 [8] https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/ticket/22261

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