In January 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared a state of emergency. Even before the novel coronavirus had an official name, it set off global travel restrictions, widespread closures, and a near-instant shift in how the world worked. As cities and countries responded to the pandemic, developers everywhere closed their laptops at work, and the next morning, reopened them at home.

These sudden changes left unmistakable tracks across developer activity on GitHub—data we charted in our 2020 State of the Octoverse Report. Our analysis uncovered the impact COVID-19 had on developers’ work days, the global community response to the pandemic, and the challenge of securing the world’s software.

Today, The ReadME Project published three feature articles leveraging data within The Octoverse Report and elaborating on the challenges and opportunities the last year has presented for the developer community:

Analysis shows that even though developers “walk away” from their work on holidays and weekends, a flurry of open source activity happens in the off hours. Open source has always been a way for people to learn and be creative—but in 2020 it was so much more. These projects became a way to connect, organize, and make the world a safer, healthier place.

COVID-19 is part of everyone’s story. Trace the effects of a global pandemic on developer activity in our 2020 Octoverse Report. Or visit The ReadME Project to learn more about the people, communities, and code behind the data.