The allocation of collaborative efforts in open-source software
|Title||The allocation of collaborative efforts in open-source software|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2008|
|Authors||den Besten, Matthijs, Dalle Jean-Michel, and Galia Fabrice|
|Secondary Title||Information Economics and Policy|
|Pagination||316 - 322|
|Keywords||age, apache, complexity, cvs, division of labor, functions, gaim, gcc, ghostscript, lines of code, loc, log files, mozilla, netbsd, openssh, postgresql, python, revision control, scm, size, source code, Stigmergy, version control|
The article investigates the allocation of collaborative efforts among core developers (maintainers) of open-source software by analyzing on-line development traces (logs) for a set of 10 large projects. Specifically, we investigate whether the division of labor within open-source projects is influenced by characteristics of software code. We suggest that the collaboration among maintainers tends to be influenced by different measures of code complexity. We interpret these findings by providing preliminary evidence that the organization of open-source software development would self-adapt to characteristics of the code base, in a 'stigmergic' manner.
"we have selected a set of 10 large open-source projects"