Surveying Industrial Roles in Open Source Software Development

  • Øyvind Hauge
  • Carl-Fredrik Sørensen
  • Andreas Røsdal
Part of the IFIP — The International Federation for Information Processing book series (IFIPAICT, volume 234)


Industry uses Open Source Software (OSS) to a greater and greater extent. We have defined four industrial OSS roles; OSS provider, OSS integrator, OSS participant and Inner Source Software (ISS) participant. Based on these four roles we have performed a survey in the ITEA COSI project. We provide initial answers to what motivates companies to undertake these roles, what are the advantages and challenges of undertaking them, and which development practices they use while undertaking these roles.

Key words

Open Source Industry Roles Survey Motivations Development Practices 


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© International Federation for Information Processing 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  • Øyvind Hauge
    • 1
  • Carl-Fredrik Sørensen
    • 1
  • Andreas Røsdal
    • 1
  1. 1.Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)TrondheimNorway

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