Open Source Technology Development

  • Kevin CrowstonEmail author
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In this chapter, we introduce the practices of free/libre open source software (FLOSS) development as an instance of the convergence of technological affordances with novel social practices to create a novel mode of work. We then consider how FLOSS software might be used for various scientific applications, perhaps leading to a convergence of current distinct disciplines. We conclude by considering how the technologies and practices of FLOSS development might be applied to other settings, thus leading to further convergence of those settings.


Free/libre open source software 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Information StudiesSyracuse UniversitySyracuseUSA

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