FLOSSmole: A Collaborative Repository for FLOSS Research Data and Analyses

James Howison, Megan Conklin, Kevin Crowston

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This article introduces and expands on previous work on a collaborative project, called FLOSSmole (formerly OSSmole), designed to gather, share, and store comparable data and analyses of free, libre, and open source software (FLOSS) development for academic research. The project draws on the ongoing collection and analysis efforts of many research groups, reducing duplication, and promoting compatibility both across sources of FLOSS data and across research groups and analyses. The article outlines current difficulties with the current typical quantitative FLOSS research process and uses these to develop requirements and presents the design of the system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)17-26
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Information Technology and Web Engineering (IJITWE)
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2006


  • data mining
  • methodologies
  • open source
  • software engineering

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)


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