Defining Open Source Software Project Success

TitleDefining Open Source Software Project Success
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2003
AuthorsCrowston, K, Annabi, H, Howison, J
Secondary TitleTwenty-Fourth International Conference on Information Systems
Date PublishedDecember

Information systems success is one of the most widely used dependent variables in information systems research. In this paper, we identify a range of measures that can be used to assess the success of open source software (OSS) projects. We identify measures based on a review of the literature, a consideration of the OSS development process and an analysis of the opinions of OSS developers. For each measure, we provide examples of how they might be used in a study of OSS development.

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