Reflection on Knowledge Sharing in F/OSS Projects

TitleReflection on Knowledge Sharing in F/OSS Projects
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsSowe, S, Stamelos, I
Secondary TitleOSS2008: Open Source Development, Communities and Quality (IFIP 2.13)
Pagination351 - 358
Date Published2008///
ISSN Number978-0-387-09683-4

Knowledge sharing between software project participants simplifies a range of decision-making processes and helps improve the way software is being developed, distributed, and supported. However, research in this area has traditionally been very difficult because the source of knowledge, the code, has been a guarded secret and software developers and users inhabit different worlds. F/OSS projects have changed the way we perceive and understand knowledge sharing in distributed software development. This short paper presents our current understanding, and what needs to be done in terms of empirical research in knowledge sharing in F/OSS projects.

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