Social dynamics of free and open source team communications

  • James Howison
  • Keisuke Inoue
  • Kevin Crowston
Part of the IFIP International Federation for Information Processing book series (IFIPAICT, volume 203)


This paper furthers inquiry into the social structure of free and open source software (FLOSS) teams by undertaking social network analysis across time. Contrary to expectations, we confirmed earlier findings of a wide distribution of centralizations even when examining the networks over time. The paper also provides empirical evidence that while change at the center of FLOSS projects is relatively uncommon, participation across the project communities is highly skewed, with many participants appearing for only one period. Surprisingly, large project teams are not more likely to undergo change at their centers.


Software Development Human Factors Dynamic social networks FLOSS teams bug fixing communications longitudinal social network analysis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • James Howison
    • 1
  • Keisuke Inoue
    • 1
  • Kevin Crowston
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Information StudiesSyracuse UniversitySyracuseUSA

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