(Data) Mining the Ethereum Open-Source Development Community

42 Pages Posted: 8 Dec 2023

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Mariia Petryk

George Mason University - Department of Information Systems and Operations Management

Jiasun Li

George Mason University - Department of Finance

Date Written: December 3, 2023

Abstract

The successful operation of a blockchain system crucially relies on its management of software development activities. Not only does the technological functionality of a blockchain system depend on the quality of its source code, but also the “neutrality” of a blockchain system depends on access to and control over its source code. In this paper, we delve into the dynamic evolution of collaboration within the open-source developer community of Ethereum, a leading blockchain platform today. Utilizing network analysis techniques, we demonstrate the tendency of initially decentralized open-source communities to gravitate toward local modular structures. Additionally, our analysis reveals that inputs to the blockchain’s software code are concentrated among a small group of contributors. Our findings have implications for the managers of decentralized open-source technology and policymakers who aim to preserve impartial access to technology.

Keywords: open source, governance, blockchain, decentralization

Suggested Citation

Petryk, Mariia and Li, Jiasun, (Data) Mining the Ethereum Open-Source Development Community (December 3, 2023). Donald G. Costello College of Business at George Mason University Research Paper, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4652260 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4652260

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Jiasun Li

George Mason University - Department of Finance ( email )

Fairfax, VA 22030
United States

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