Socio-Technical Congruence in the Ruby Ecosystem

TitleSocio-Technical Congruence in the Ruby Ecosystem
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsSyeed, MMM, Hansen, KM, Hammouda, I, Manikas, K
Secondary TitleProceedings of The International Symposium on Open Collaboration
Place PublishedNew York, NY, USA
ISBN Number978-1-4503-3016-9

Existing studies show that open source projects may enjoy high levels of socio-technical congruence despite their open and distributed character. Such observations are yet to be confirmed in the case of larger open source ecosystems in which developers contribute to different projects within the ecosystem. In this paper, we empirically study the relationships between the developer coordination activities and the project dependency structure in the Ruby ecosystem. Our motivation is to verify whether the ecosystem context maintains the high socio-technical congruence levels observed in many smaller scale FLOSS (Free/Libre Open Source Software) projects. Our study results show that the collaboration pattern among the developers in Ruby ecosystem is not necessarily shaped by the communication needs indicated by the dependencies among the ecosystem projects.

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