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Inside an Open Source Software Community: Empirical Analysis on Individual and Group Level, in (Feller et al., 2004)

Wolfgang Maaß
26th International Conference on Software Engineering, ICSE04, 2004.


An established open source software community (Apache Cocoon) was explored using an online questionnaire about demographic data and individual and group-related factors. Individual factors encompassed forms of contributions, motivation, expertise and knowledge. Role structures, expectations towards other members, trust and collaboration issues were analysed at group level. More than 60% of the developer community completed this questionnaire. Results provide a valuable basis for deeper understanding of knowledge sharing, collaboration and innovation processes in distributed work groups.