A comparison of evaluation networks and collaboration networks in open source software communities

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary Works (RGC: 12, 32, 41, 45)32_Refereed conference paper (with ISBN/ISSN)Not applicablepeer-review

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication14th Americas Conference on Information Systems, AMCIS 2008
Pages3484-3491
Volume6
StatePublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

Name
Volume6

Conference

Title14th Americas Conference on Information Systems, AMCIS 2008
PlaceCanada
CityToronto, ON
Period14 - 17 August 2008

Abstract

The open source software (OSS) development communities have experienced rapid growth in recent years. Previous social network studies on OSS communities focused on collaboration relationships. However, information about how OSS community members perceive each other is largely ignored. In this study, we report an empirical investigation of the evaluation network in an online OSS community which includes over 11,800 OSS projects and more than 94,330 developers. A collaboration network is modeled from this data set and analyzed for comparison purposes. We find the evaluation network is significantly different from collaboration network in average degree, average path length and fragmentation rate. Furthermore, we argue that the evaluation networks can be used to locate expertise - skillful developers in OSS communities and capture important social relationships among the developers missed in the collaboration network. These characteristics of the evaluation network may benefit the research of OSS development communities and expert recommendation systems.

Research Area(s)

  • Community, Evaluation networks, Expert recommendation, Open source software, Social network analysis

Citation Format(s)

A comparison of evaluation networks and collaboration networks in open source software communities. / Hu, Daning; Leon Zhao, J.

14th Americas Conference on Information Systems, AMCIS 2008. Vol. 6 2008. p. 3484-3491.

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary Works (RGC: 12, 32, 41, 45)32_Refereed conference paper (with ISBN/ISSN)Not applicablepeer-review