Social network structures in open source software development teams

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25-40
Journal / PublicationJournal of Database Management
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2007
Externally publishedYes


Drawing on social network theories and previous studies, this research examines the dynamics of social network structures in open source software (OSS) teams. Three projects were selected ftom in terms of their similarities as well as their differences. Monthly data were extracted from the bug tracking systems in order to achieve a longitudinal view of the interaction pattern of each project. Social network analysis was used to generate the indices of social structure. The finding suggests that the interaction pattern of OSS projects evolves from a single hub at the beginning to a core/periphery model as the projects move forward. Copyright © 2007, Idea Group Inc.

Research Area(s)

  • Longitudinal study, Open source software (OSS), Social networks, Social structure

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