Free/Libre Open Source Software: What We Know and What We Do Not Know

Note: this review of academic literature on FLOSS is open to editing by any registered user. Please add to the narrative with relevant citations and observations of trends in the FLOSS literature, including appropriate revision notes.

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COSPA Knowledge Base

The Consortium on Open Source Software in Public Administration (COSPA) offers an extensive repository and knowledge base of articles on open source in the COSPA Knowledge Base.

FLOSS group on MyExperiment

Interested in analysis of FLOSS project data from repositories? Please feel free to join the FLOSS group on MyExperiment.org!

MyExperiment allows easy analysis workflow sharing and provides social networking tools for research collaboration. The FLOSS group is intended for researchers studying open source software development. Sharing analysis workflows and components is an efficient way to advance the efforts of the FLOSS research community and is consistent with the values of the development communities we study.

FLOSS @ Syracuse

The FLOSS research group at Syracuse University's iSchool offers several FLOSS research resources, developed in conjunction with research into work practices and dynamics of FLOSS development teams.

We are studying the following general research questions:

  • What practices make some distributed work teams more effective than others?
  • How are these practices developed?
  • What are the dynamics through which self-organizing distributed teams develop and work?

Presentations on FLOSS

Presentation slides on FLOSS and related topics are available from SlideShare; discover what people are presenting about FLOSS, and share your own work as well. These presentations may provide useful educational materials and a snapshot of how people are presenting FLOSS in a variety of settings.

The links below provide search query results for SlideShare:

FOSSology

The FOSSology project started out as an internal development effort at Hewlett Packard Company (HP). As part of HP’s own internal IT governance process, we needed a tool that would quickly and accurately describe how a given open source project was licensed. Rather than simply collecting a project’s advertised license (as given at their website or in their documentation), this tool needed to analyze all of the source code for a given project and intelligently report all of the licenses being used, based on the license declarations and tell-tale phrases that identify software licensing.

FLOSSMetrics

FLOSSMetrics [1] stands for Free/Libre Open Source Software Metrics.

The main objective of FLOSSMetrics is to construct, publish and analyse a large scale database with information and metrics about libre software development coming from several thousands of software projects, using existing methodologies, and tools already developed. The project will also provide a public platform for validation and industrial exploitation of results.

[1] www.flossmetrics.org

Ohloh

Ohloh [1] is a social network for open source developers. In addition to the community-oriented social features, Ohloh provides an API and tools for comparing languages and project metrics [2].

[1] www.ohloh.net
[2] www.ohloh.net/tools

OSS 2009 Conference

The 5th International Conference on Open Source Systems
3-6 June 2009, Skövde, Sweden

Conference web site: http://oss2009.org/
CFP: http://oss2009.org/index.php?id=cfp.htm (accepting submissions through 15 November, 2008)

LibreSoft

LibreSoft is a part of the Grupo de Sistemas y Comunicaciones (System and Communication Group, GSyC) at the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos located in Móstoles, near Madrid, Spain.

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