A Social Networking Approach to F/OSS Quality Assessment

  • Anas Tawileh
  • Omer Rana
  • Steve McIntosh
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5322)


With the growing number of available Free and Open Source Software (F/OSS) applications, choosing between them becomes increasingly difficult. The concept of “trust” in social networking has been successfully applied to facilitate choice in similar situations. We propose a social network-based approach to quality assessment and evaluation of F/OSS applications. The proposed system utilises the community formed around F/OSS projects to produce meaningful recommendations based on specific user preferences. We suggest that such an approach would overcome some of the difficulties complicating user choice by making useful suggestions and can fit seamlessly within the structure of the majority of F/OSS projects. The main focus of this work is on the end users of free and open source software and not on the developers of the software. The social network-based approach would apply differently to these different user classes.


Social Networks Free and Open Source Software Quality Assessment Trust 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anas Tawileh
    • 1
  • Omer Rana
    • 1
  • Steve McIntosh
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Computer ScienceCardiff UniversityCardiffUK

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