Understanding How Companies Interact with Free Software Communities

Gonzalez-Barahona, Jesus M.; Izquierdo-Cortazar, Daniel; Maffulli, Stefano; Robles, Gregorio
September 2013
IEEE Software;Sep2013, Vol. 30 Issue 5, p38
Academic Journal
Free, open source software development communities can become large and complex. They can also be a focus of interest for competing companies relying on their outcomes, with employees joining the development and maintenance effort. In those cases, it's especially important for both companies and communities to understand how this collaboration is working and how it matches their policies and expectations. This articles looks at two cases (OpenStack and WebKit) that the authors studied using analytics techniques. They conclude that such analytics can improve factual knowledge about how development communities are performing in aspects that are of interest to companies.


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