Applying Social Network Analysis to the Information in CVS Repositories

TitleApplying Social Network Analysis to the Information in CVS Repositories
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of Publication2004
AuthorsLópez-Fernández, L, Robles, G, Gonzalez-Barahona, JM
Secondary TitleInternational Workshop on Mining Software Repositories (MSR 2004)
Keywordsapache, complex networks, cvs, gnome, kde, libre software engineering, source code, source code repositories, visualization techniques, vizualization

The huge quantities of data available in the CVS repositories of large, long-lived libre (free, open source) software projects, and the many interrelationships among those data offer opportunities for extracting large amounts of valuable information about their structure, evolution and internal processes. Unfortunately, the sheer volume of that information renders it almost unusable without applying methodologies which highlight the relevant information for a given aspect of the project. In this paper, we propose the use of a well known set of methodologies (social network analysis) for characterizing libre software projects, their evolution over time and their internal structure. In addition, we show how we have applied such methodologies to real cases, and extract some preliminary conclusions from that experience.

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