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A longitudinal study on collaboration networks and decision to participate in a FLOSS community.

A longitudinal study on collaboration networks and decision to participate in a FLOSS community.

Conaldi, Guido and Tonellato, Marco (2010) A longitudinal study on collaboration networks and decision to participate in a FLOSS community. In: WoPDaSD 2010: 5th Workshop on Public Data about Software Development, 2 Jun 2010, Notre Dame, IN, USA.

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Abstract

In this paper we conjecture that individual decisions of FLOSS (Free/Libre Open Source Software) developers to take on a task are influenced by network relations generated by collaboration among project members. In order to explore our conjecture we collected data on a FLOSS project team consisting of 227 developers committed since 2002 to the development of a web browser. We reconstructed 2-mode co-collaboration networks (software developer by bug) in which a tie represents an action taken by a developer in order to solve a specific bug. Co-collaboration networks were collected at five points in time during a six-month development cycle of the software. We report and discuss results of longitudinal actor-based modeling that we specify to test for the influence of local network structures on developer's decision to take action on a specific bug. The study controls for bug-specific and developer-specific characteristics that may also affect developers' decisions exogenously. We also control for priority and severity levels assigned by the team to bugs in an attempt to manage voluntary contribution.

Item Type: Conference or Conference Paper (Paper)
Additional Information: [1] Paper part of the WoPDaSD 2010: 5th Workshop on Public Data about Software Development. Co-located with The 6th International Conference on Open Source Systems, held 2 June 2010. Notre Dame, IN, USA.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Free/Libre Open Source, bug-fixing, self-managing teams, collaboration networks, stochastic actor oriented models (SAOM), SIENA Models, Network Motives.
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Business
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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/5340

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