Core-periphery communication and the success of free/libre open source software projects

Kevin Crowston, Ivan Shamshurin

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Abstract

We examine the relationship between communications by core and peripheral members and Free/Libre Open Source Software project success. The study uses data from 74 projects in the Apache Software Foundation Incubator. We conceptualize project success in terms of success building a community, as assessed by graduation from the Incubator. We compare successful and unsuccessful projects on volume of communication by core (committer) and peripheral community members and on use of inclusive pronouns as an indication of efforts to create intimacy among team members. An innovation of the paper is that use of inclusive pronouns is measured using natural language processing techniques. We find that core and peripheral members differ in their volume of contribution and in their use of inclusive pronouns, and that volume of communication is related to project success.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationOpen Source Systems
Subtitle of host publicationIntegrating Communities - 12th IFIP WG 2.13 International Conference, OSS 2016, Proceedings
EditorsGregorio Robles, Kevin Crowston, Imed Hammouda, Juho Lindman, Björn Lundell, Jonas Gamalielsson
PublisherSpringer New York LLC
Pages45-56
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9783319392240
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016
Event12th IFIP WG 2.13 International Conference on Open Source Systems: Integrating Communities, OSS 2016 - Gothenburg, Sweden
Duration: May 30 2016Jun 2 2016

Publication series

NameIFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology
Volume472
ISSN (Print)1868-4238

Other

Other12th IFIP WG 2.13 International Conference on Open Source Systems: Integrating Communities, OSS 2016
CountrySweden
CityGothenburg
Period5/30/166/2/16

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Information Systems and Management

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    Crowston, K., & Shamshurin, I. (2016). Core-periphery communication and the success of free/libre open source software projects. In G. Robles, K. Crowston, I. Hammouda, J. Lindman, B. Lundell, & J. Gamalielsson (Eds.), Open Source Systems: Integrating Communities - 12th IFIP WG 2.13 International Conference, OSS 2016, Proceedings (pp. 45-56). (IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology; Vol. 472). Springer New York LLC. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-39225-7_4