Favorite (own) open source research publications

This is a list of my (own) favorite open source research publications. Check them out!


The five stages of open source volunteering
The open source software developer career and its benefits

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Special Journal Issue: The Unstoppable Rise of Open Source

Oldenbourg Verlag just published a special issue on open source that I edited. Titled “the unstoppable rise of open source” it provides a five-article overview of open source past, present, and future.

Please read my introduction to “the unstoppable rise of open source” and any of the papers provided in the special issue—naturally, I ensured that they are accessible open access (for free) to readers.

The reference to the special issue is it – Information Technology, Volume 55, Issue 5 (Oct 2013). To make life easy, I’m providing the table of contents here as well:

  1. Trends in Free, Libre, Open Source Software Communities: From Volunteers to Companies by Gonzalez-Barahona, Jesus M. / Robles, Gregorio. Page 173: (Original link, local copy)
  2. Community and Commercial Strategies in Open Source Software by Wasserman, Anthony I. Page 181: (Original link, local copy)
  3. Open Source Community Processes: Implications on Micro and Macro Level by Koch, Stefan. Page 189: (Original link, local copy)
  4. Open Source Engineering Processes Mauerer, Wolfgang / Jaeger, Michael C. Page 196: (Original link, local copy)
  5. Career in Open Source? Relevant Competencies for Successful Open Source Developers by Kimmelmann, Nicole. Page 204: (Original link, local copy)


WikiSym + OpenSym 2013 Proceedings Published!

The WikiSym + OpenSym 2013 proceedings have been made available online. Please see below for the table of contents, including through-clickable papers. All papers listed can be cited as appearing in the Proceedings of the 9th International Symposium on Open Collaboration (WikiSym + OpenSym 2013). ACM, 2013.

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The Commit Size Distribution of Open Source Software (Summary)

We finished our work on modeling the commit sizes of open source, called the commit size distribution of open source. This is relevant work for anyone who’d like to know how much code developers are writing for a single commit (code contribution) to a project. For example, if you are developing software development tools, you might want to know about this. The work pairs nicely with an upcoming publication on the commit frequency of open source, that is, the ETA (estimated time of arrival) of the next commit to a project.

There are three papers, in descending order of importance:

  1. A Model of the Commit Size Distribution of Open Source (2013)
  2. Developer Belief vs. Reality on Commit Size Distribution (2012)
  3. The Original Data behind the Commit Size Distribution (2009)

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