"Businessman"Reports that the Ministry of Economy proposed creating its own open-source repository in Russia, allocating more than two billion rubles for this GitHub analogue. Experts believe that the service will come in handy if Russia disconnects from GitHub and other similar repositories due to sanctions, and can also be useful if it is filled with code developed at public expense.
To allocate 2.1 billion rubles for the creation of the GitHub analogue was proposed in the latest version of the federal project “Artificial Intelligence”, developed by the Ministry of Economy and Sberbank. The Ministry of Economics confirmed to reporters that the idea of the Russian analogue of GitHub is relevant and is one of the “key measures to ensure the conditions for creating open AI libraries” as part of the implementation of the national strategy for the development of AI until 2030, approved by the President of the Russian Federation in October 2019. It is worth noting that the project has not yet been approved by the government.
It is proposed to copy to the Russian repository the most popular programs from foreign open sources. Domestic GitHub may appear by 2021, and by 2024, according to the project, there should already be five such repositories.
The experts, whom Kommersant asked for comment on this initiative, basically evaluated it very skeptically, noting that you can’t gather large communities on the Russian counterpart, and it will “resemble the situation when the table was laid and decorated and guests didn’t come ". Experts also emphasize that such world-class services live off of the community, not the administrative resource, that is, you need to think not about copying other platforms, but about developing competitive resources and libraries, as well as creating a vibrant community around the platform.
The benefit of such a “copy of GitHub” can be only if it compulsorily publishes the results of software development for budget money, and under an open license, said General Director of Basalt SPO Alexey Smirnov, with whom the executive director of the Russian Software Association Renat Lashin agrees. Smirnov also recalled that an attempt to create a national repository was the National Fund for Algorithms and Programs, launched in 2014 by order of the Ministry of Communications, but that project was a failure.