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Flat for the few, steep for the many: Structural cohesion as a measure of hierarchy in FLOSS communities.

Flat for the few, steep for the many: Structural cohesion as a measure of hierarchy in FLOSS communities.

Conaldi, Guido (2009) Flat for the few, steep for the many: Structural cohesion as a measure of hierarchy in FLOSS communities. In: 4th Workshop on Public Data about Software Development (WoPDaSD). GSyC/LibreSoft, pp. 13-16.

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Abstract

A discrepancy exists between the emphasis posed by practitioners on decentralized and non-hierarchical communication in Free/Libre Open Source Software (FLOSS) communities and empirical evidence of their hierarchical structure. In order to explain this apparent paradox it is here hypothesized that in FLOSS communities local sub-groups exist and are less hierarchical, more decentralized than the whole social network to which they belong. A measure of structural cohesion based on network node connectivity is proposed as an effective method to test whether FLOSS communication networks can be decomposed in nested hierarchies of progressively less centralized sub-groups. Preliminary results from a case study that are consistent with the hypothesis are presented and discussed.

Item Type: Conference Proceedings
Title of Proceedings: 4th Workshop on Public Data about Software Development (WoPDaSD)
Additional Information: This workshop was co-located with the 5th International Conference on Open Source Systems (OSS) in Skovde, Sweden, 6 June, 2009
Uncontrolled Keywords: open source software, social network analysis, structural cohesion
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Business > Centre for Business Network Analysis
Faculty of Business > Department of International Business & Economics
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Last Modified: 14 Oct 2016 09:14
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/5339

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