How Do Social Interaction Networks Influence Peer Impressions Formation? A Case Study

TitleHow Do Social Interaction Networks Influence Peer Impressions Formation? A Case Study
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsBosu, Amiangshu, and Carver JeffreyC.
Secondary AuthorsCorral, Luis, Sillitti Alberto, Succi Giancarlo, Vlasenko Jelena, and Wasserman AnthonyI.
Secondary TitleOpen Source Software: Mobile Open Source Technologies
Series TitleIFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology
Volume427
Pagination31-40
PublisherSpringer Berlin Heidelberg
ISBN Number978-3-642-55127-7
KeywordsCOLLABORATION, FOSS, open source, OSS, social network analysis
Abstract

Due to their lack of physical interaction, Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) participants form impressions of their teammates largely based on sociotechnical mechanisms including: code commits, code reviews, mailing-lists, and bug comments. These mechanisms may have different effects on peer impression formation. This paper describes a social network analysis of the WikiMedia project to determine which type of interaction has the most favorable characteristics for impressions formation. The results suggest that due to lower centralization, high interactivity, and high degree of interactions between participants, the code review interactions have the most favorable characteristics to support impression formation among FOSS participants.

URLhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-55128-4_4
DOI10.1007/978-3-642-55128-4_4