A Model of Open Source Developer Foundations

  • Dirk Riehle
  • Sebastian Berschneider
Part of the IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology book series (IFIPAICT, volume 378)


Many community open source projects are of high economic relevance. As these projects mature, their leaders face a choice of continuing the project as is, making the project join an existing foundation, or creating their own foundation for the project. This article presents a model of open source developer foundations that project leaders can use to compare existing foundations with their needs or to design their own. The model is based on a three-iteration qualitative study involving interviews and supplementary materials review. To demonstrate its usefulness, we apply the model to nine foundations and present their organizational choices in a comparative table format.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dirk Riehle
    • 1
  • Sebastian Berschneider
    • 1
  1. 1.Computer Science DepartmentFriedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-NürnbergErlangenGermany

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