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Internet success : a study of open-source software commons

Author: Charles M Schweik; Robert C English
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The use of open-source software (OSS)--readable software source code that can be copied, modified, and distributed freely--has expanded dramatically in recent years. The number of OSS projects hosted on SourceForge.net (the largest hosting Web site for OSS), for example, grew from just over 100,000 in 2006 to more than 250,000 at the beginning of 2011. But why are some projects successful--that is, able to produce  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Charles M Schweik; Robert C English
ISBN: 9780262017251 0262017253
OCLC Number: 757935651
Description: xii, 351 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: The power of openness and Internet-based collaboration. The importance of open-source software commons --
What we know about open-source software commons : academic research and theory. The ecosystem ; The developer ; Technological and community attributes ; Institutional attributes --
Our empirical studies of open-source software commons. The OSGeo case : an example of the evolving OSS ecosystem ; Defining open-source software success and abandonment ; What can SourceForge.net data alone tell us about open-source software commons? ; Filling gaps in our data with the survey on free/libre and open-source success ; Answering the questions raised in Part II ; Putting it all together in multivariate models of success and abandonment ; Thinking about Part III : a review of our epirical research --
Conclusions. Our study in perspective.
Responsibility: Charles M. Schweik and Robert C. English.

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A systematic examination of the factors that influence the success or abandonment of open-source software projects and the implications for other kinds of collaborations.  Read more...

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