eResearch workflows for studying free and open source software development

James Howison, Andrea Wiggins, Kevin Crowston

Research output: Chapter in Book/Entry/PoemConference contribution

5 Scopus citations


This paper introduces eResearch workflow tools as a model for the research community studying free and open source software and its development. The paper first introduces eResearch as increasingly practiced in fields such as astrophysics and biology, then contrasts the practice of research on free and open source software. After outlining suitable research data sets the paper introduces a class of tools known as scientific workflow frameworks, focusing on one "Taverna" and introducing its features. To further explain the tool a complete workflow used for original research on FLOSS is described. Finally the paper considers the trade-offs inherent in these tools.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationOpen Source Development, Communities and Quality
Subtitle of host publicationIFIP 20th World Computer Congress, Working Group 2.3 on Open Source Software
EditorsBarbara Russo, Giancarlo Succi, Ernesto Damiani, Scott Hissam, Björn Lundell
Number of pages7
StatePublished - 2008

Publication series

NameIFIP International Federation for Information Processing
ISSN (Print)1571-5736

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems and Management


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