Using Repository of Repositories (RoRs) to Study the Growth of F/OSS Projects: A Meta-Analysis Research Approach

TitleUsing Repository of Repositories (RoRs) to Study the Growth of F/OSS Projects: A Meta-Analysis Research Approach
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsSowe, Sulayman, Angelis Lefteris, Stamelos I., and Manolopoulos Y.
Secondary TitleOSS2007: Open Source Development, Adoption and Innovation (IFIP 2.13)
Volume234/2007
Pagination147 - 160
Date Published2007///
PublisherSpringer
ISSN Number978-0-387-72485-0
Abstract

Free/Open Source Software (F/OSS) repositories contain valuable data and their usefulness in studying software development and community activities continues to attract a lot of research attention. A trend in F/OSS studies is the use of metadata stored in a repository of repositories or RoRs. This paper utilizes data obtained from such RoRs -FLOSSmole- to study the types of projects being developed by the F/OSS community. We downloaded projects by topics data in five areas (Database, Internet, Software Development, Communications, and Games/Entertainment) from Flossmole’s raw and summary data of the sourceforge repository. Time series analysis show the numbers of projects in the five topics are growing linearly. Further analysis supports our hypothesis that F/OSS development is moving “up the stack” from developer tools and infrastructure support to end-user applications such as Databases. The findings have implications for the interpretation of the F/OSS landscape, the utilization and adoption of open source databases, and problems researchers might face in obtaining and using data from RoRs.

DOIhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-72486-7_12
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