Evaluating Longitudinal Success of Open Source Software Projects: A Social Network Perspective
|Title||Evaluating Longitudinal Success of Open Source Software Projects: A Social Network Perspective|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2009|
|Authors||Wu, Jing, and Goh Khim Yong|
|Secondary Title||2009 42nd Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS 2009)|
|Publisher||IEEE Computer Society|
|Place Published||Los Alamitos, CA, USA|
|Keywords||bug tracking system, communication, project success, social network analysis, sourceforge|
To date, numerous open source projects are hosted on many online repositories. While some of these projects are active and thriving, some projects are either languishing or showing no development activities at all. This phenomenon thus begs the important question of what are the influential factors that affect the success of open source projects. In a quest to deepen our understanding of the evolution of open source projects, this research aims to analyze the success of open source projects by using the theoretical lens of social network analysis. Based on extensive analyses of data collected from online repositories, we study the impact of the communication patterns of software development teams on the demand and supply outcomes of these projects, while accounting for project-specific characteristics. Using panel data analysis of data over 13 months, we find significant impacts of communication patterns on project outcomes over the long term.
"We collect data of various OSS projects over an extended period of 13 months and utilize cross-sectional time-series panel data analysis methods..."