present bridge usage data so researchers can focus on the math
Right now the process of learning how to parse bridge consensus files, bridge descriptor files, match up which descriptors go with which consensus line, which bridges were Running when, etc is too burdensome -- researchers who want to analyze bridge reachability are giving up before they even get to the part they tried to sign up for.
The questions they will ask are "what bridges are up today? what data are they reporting?" and "what data did this bridge report each day?"
Karsten speculates: I guess it would be a text file with each line containing: sanitized relay fingerprint, seen as relay before, bridge stats end, bridge stats seconds, connecting users by country, pool assignments. 1 line per published bridge descriptor.
Once we have this data available, it would also be interesting to graph a few histories of individual bridges, to see if there's any intuition to be gained from the more popular one, or to learn whether only a few bridges contribute to most of our usage stats.