Social dynamics of free and open source team communications

James Howison, Keisuke Inoue, Kevin Crowston

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This paper furthers inquiry into the social structure of free and open source software (FLOSS) teams by undertaking social network analysis across time. Contrary to expectations, we confirmed earlier findings of a wide distribution of centralizations even when examining the networks over time. The paper also provides empirical evidence that while change at the center of FLOSS projects is relatively uncommon, participation across the project communities is highly skewed, with many participants appearing for only one period. Surprisingly, large project teams are not more likely to undergo change at their centers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationOpen Source Systems
Subtitle of host publicationIFIP Working Group 2.13 Foundation on Open Source Software, June 8-10, 2006, Como, Italy
EditorsErnesto Damiani, Brian Fitzgerald, Walt Scacchi, Marco Scotto, Giancarlo Succi
Number of pages12
StatePublished - 2006

Publication series

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


  • Bug fixing
  • Communications
  • Dynamic social networks
  • FLOSS teams
  • Human Factors
  • Longitudinal social network analysis
  • Software Development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems and Management


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