Responsiveness as a measure for assessing the health of OSS ecosystems

TitleResponsiveness as a measure for assessing the health of OSS ecosystems
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsGamalielsson, Jonas, Lundell Björn, and Lings Brian
Secondary TitleSecond International Workshop on Building Sustainable Open Source Communities (OSCOMM 2010)
Date Published05/2010
Keywordsemail, email archives, gmane, mailing lists, nagios, sourceforge
Abstract

The health of an Open Source ecosystem is an important decision factor when considering the adoption of Open Source software or when monitoring a seeded Open Source project. In this paper we introduce responsiveness as a qualitative measure of the quality of replies within mailing lists, which can be used for assessing ecosystem health. We consider one specific metric of responsiveness in this paper, and that is the response time of follow-up messages in mailing lists. We also describe a way for characterising the nature of communication in messages with short and long response times. The approach is tested in the context of the Nagios project, and we particularly focus on the responsiveness for contributors acting in their professional roles as core developers. Our contribution is a step towards a deeper understanding of voluntary support provided in mailing lists of OSS projects.

Notes

"Data was collected from the GMANE (gmane.org) archives of the SourceForge “Nagios-devel” mailing list for the period from January 2004 to October 2009"

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