Collaborative Maintenance in Large Open-Source Projects
Matthijs L. den Besten
GSCM-Montpellier Business School; Ecole Polytechnique
Université Paris VI Pierre et Marie Curie
Burgundy School of Business (ESC Dijon), France - CEREN - Research Center on Enterprises - Management Department; Universite Pantheon-Assas Paris II - ERMES-UMR 7181-CNRS
COLLABORATIVE MAINTENANCE IN LARGE OPEN-SOURCH PROJECTS, E. Damiani, B. Fitzgerald, W. Scacchi, M. Scotto, and G. Succi, eds., Open Source Systems, IFIP International Federation for Information Processing, Vol. 203, pp. 233-244, Boston, Springer, 2006
We investigate teamwork among maintainers of open source software projects by analyzing the logs of a set of 10 large projects. Our first results suggest that collaboration among maintainers in large open-source projects seems to be generally influenced by the complexity of files as measured by Halstead volume and also by the age of the files in a given project.
Keywords: Open Source Software, Community of developers, Collaboration, Teamwork, Complexity
JEL Classification: C21, L17, L86
Date posted: July 29, 2007 ; Last revised: January 31, 2008
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