Social Network Structures in Open Source Software Development Teams

Social Network Structures in Open Source Software Development Teams

Yuan Long (Colorado State University-Pueblo, USA) and Keng Siau (Missouri University of Science and Technology, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-87828-991-9.ch043
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Abstract

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 from SourceForge.net 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.

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