Developing Open Source Software: A Community-Based Analysis of Research

  • Joseph Feller
  • Patrick Finnegan
  • David Kelly
  • Maurice MacNamara
Part of the IFIP International Federation for Information Processing book series (IFIPAICT, volume 208)


Open source software (OSS) creates the potential for the inclusion of large and diverse communities in every aspect of the software development and consumption life cycle. However, despite 6 years of effort by an ever growing research community, we still don’t know exactly what we do and don’t know about OSS, nor do we have a clear idea about the basis for our knowledge. This paper presents an analysis of 155 research artefacts in the area of open source software. The purpose of the study is to identify the kinds of open source project communities that have been researched, the kinds of research questions that have been asked, and the methodologies used by researchers. Emerging from the study is a clearer understanding of what we do and don’t know about open source software, and recommendations for future research efforts


Open Source Organize Community Standardize Community Open Source Project Project Member 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joseph Feller
    • 1
  • Patrick Finnegan
    • 1
  • David Kelly
    • 1
  • Maurice MacNamara
    • 1
  1. 1.University CollegeCorkIreland

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