Evolutionary Analysis of Developer Collaboration Network in Cloud Foundry OSS Community

  • Pengchen Zhang
  • Peng LiuEmail author
  • Nianxin Wang
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 1103)


The collaborative pattern of developers in OSS (Open Source Software) communities is a research-hotspot in the academic circle. However, the existing researches mainly concern the static features of the communication network of community members, and few studies involve the structural evolution of developer collaboration network in OSS communities. This paper constructs the developer collaboration network of the Cloud Foundry OSS community by coding-collaboration relationships, and then analyses the structure and evolution of the constructed network. The results show that a modular pattern centering on a few developers gradually emerges in the developer collaboration network after an evolutionary process of three stages. Core developers have completed a large proportion of the development work and played a coordinating role in development activities, while the periphery developers submit code to specific sub-projects according to their technical background, which complements the core developers’ work. Furthermore, the modules of the developer collaboration network are intrinsically related to the sub-projects and continuously contribute code for the corresponding subprojects during the evolutionary process. These results may deepen our understandings of the collaborative pattern of OSS communities, and also have some reference value for the studies of open collaborative innovation in large scale crowds.


Cloud Foundry Developer collaboration network OSS community Structural and evolution 



This study is partly supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China under Grant No. 71871108 and the Social Science Foundation of Jiangsu Universities in China (Grant No. 2017SJB1092).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Economics and ManagementJiangsu University of Science and TechnologyZhenjiangChina

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