On the Geographic Allocation of Open Source Software Activities

International Journal of Innovation in the Digital Economy, 4(2), 25-39. doi:10.4018/jide.2013040103

Posted: 12 Feb 2011 Last revised: 7 Sep 2014

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Sebastian von Engelhardt

University of Jena - Economics Department

Andreas Freytag

University of Jena - Department of Economics

Christoph Schulz

Independent

Date Written: 2013

Abstract

This article contributes to research on the geographic origin of open source software (OSS) developers by analyzing the geographic allocation of active OSS developers and OSS activities. Based on data from the SourceForge Research Data Archive, the authors exploit information about developers’ IP address, email address, and indicated time-zone. This enables them to assign 94% of all registered users in 2006. As proxy for activity the authors use information about the number of posted messages. Thus they provide a detailed picture of the world-wide allocation of OSS activities. Such country data about the supply-side of OSS is a valuable stock for both cross-country studies on OSS and country-specific research and policy advice.

Keywords: Open Source Software, Geographical Location, Open Source Activities

JEL Classification: L17, C81, L86

Suggested Citation

Engelhardt, Sebastian von and Freytag, Andreas and Schulz, Christoph, On the Geographic Allocation of Open Source Software Activities (2013). International Journal of Innovation in the Digital Economy, 4(2), 25-39. doi:10.4018/jide.2013040103, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1760037 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1760037

Sebastian von Engelhardt (Contact Author)

University of Jena - Economics Department ( email )

Carl-Zeiss-Str. 3
07743 Jena
Germany

Andreas Freytag

University of Jena - Department of Economics ( email )

Carl-Zeiss-Str. 3
07743 Jena
Germany

Christoph Schulz

Independent ( email )

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