Lessons from volunteering and free/libre open source software development for the future of work

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Abstract

In this paper, we review research on voluntary organizations to identify key features of and problems in volunteer work and organizations. We then use the example of free/libre open source software (FLOSS) development teams to examine how those features and problems apply in this situation and how they might be affected by the use of information and communications technologies (ICT). We suggest that understanding volunteer organizations can illuminate the changing nature of all knowledge work, paid as well as unpaid.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationResearching the Future in Information Systems - IFIP WG 8.2 Working Conference, Proceedings
Pages215-229
Number of pages15
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 11 2011
EventIFIP WG 8.2 Working Conference on Researching the Future in Information Systems - Turku, Finland
Duration: Jun 6 2011Jun 8 2011

Publication series

NameIFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology
Volume356 AICT
ISSN (Print)1868-4238

Other

OtherIFIP WG 8.2 Working Conference on Researching the Future in Information Systems
CountryFinland
CityTurku
Period6/6/116/8/11

Keywords

  • Free/libre open source software
  • coordination
  • motivation
  • visibility of work
  • volunteering

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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    Crowston, K. (2011). Lessons from volunteering and free/libre open source software development for the future of work. In Researching the Future in Information Systems - IFIP WG 8.2 Working Conference, Proceedings (pp. 215-229). (IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology; Vol. 356 AICT). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-21364-9_14