[tor-project] September 2018 report and October 2018 plans for the metrics team

Karsten Loesing karsten at torproject.org
Mon Oct 15 07:06:44 UTC 2018

Hello Tor, hello world!

Below you'll find the highlights of Tor metrics team work done in
September 2018.

Note that, starting this month, we extended the format to also give a
few expected highlights for the current month, October 2018.

On behalf of the Tor metrics team,

September 2018:

Fully integrated the recently added Reproducible Metrics page [1] and
the updated Statistics page [2] on all graph pages by adding the
sentence: "Learn more about the CSV data format (Statistics page link)
or how to reproduce (Reproducible Metrics page link) the graph data."

 [1] https://metrics.torproject.org/reproducible-metrics.html
 [2] https://metrics.torproject.org/stats.html

Made some more progress on Sponsor 13 [3] objective 1 by drafting a
structure for the technical report and picking a plausible candidate for
evaluating a batch processing framework.

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

Released ExoneraTor 4.0.0 [4] that reduces the overall database from
243G to 63G and mean response time from 18.9 to 2.3 seconds.


Released Onionoo 7.0-1.18.1 [5] that extends the "version" parameter to
support lists and ranges, removes redundant "1_week" and "1_month"
graphs from clients documents, changes "3_months" graphs to "6_months"
graphs in all documents containing history objects, removes the
"fingerprint" parameter, and removes the previously deprecated
"as_number" field from details documents.


Released Tor Metrics Library 2.5.0 and Tor Metrics Website 1.2.0 [6] for
the primary reason that libraries contained in the tarball should match
the ones needed to build current master.


Attended the Tor meeting in Mexico City where we presented our work as
part of State of the Onion [7] and in a session called Tor Metrics
Ecosystem: Data Collection, Archive, Analysis, and Visualisation [8].

 [7] https://people.torproject.org/~irl/2018-09-mexicocity-metrics-soto.pdf
 [8] https://people.torproject.org/~irl/2018-10-mexicocity-ecosystem.pdf

October 2018:

Extend the existing graphs on ‚ÄčTor Browser downloads by platform [9] and
‚ÄčTor Browser downloads by locale [10] to "Tor Browser downloads and
updates by platform" and "Tor Browser downloads and updates by locale" [11].

 [9] https://metrics.torproject.org/webstats-tb-platform.html
 [10] https://metrics.torproject.org/webstats-tb-locale.html
 [11] https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/ticket/27931

Add a new graph to Tor Metrics that compares total consensus weights
across bandwidth authorities [12].

 [12] https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/ticket/25459

We're (going to be) hiring! Over the next weeks we're putting together
and posting a job description, and hopefully, by the end of the year or
beginning of next year, we'll have a third full-time developer for the
Tor metrics team. Stay tuned, or just reach out to us now (via personal
email, not via this list) if this could be you! Reading through this
report until the very end already shows a fair amount of dedication!

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