Handbook of Research on Open Source Software: Technological, Economic, and Social Perspectives

Handbook of Research on Open Source Software: Technological, Economic, and Social Perspectives

Kirk St.Amant (East Carolina University, USA) and Brian Still (Texas Tech University, USA)
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Release Date: April, 2007|Copyright: © 2007 |Pages: 766
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-999-1
ISBN13: 9781591409991|ISBN10: 1591409993|EISBN13: 9781591408925
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The Handbook of Research on Open Source Software: Technological, Economic, and Social Perspectives is one of the few texts to combine OSS in public and private sector activities into a single reference source. This authoritative publication examines how the use of open source software (OSS) affects practices in society, business, government, education, and law. It provides a balance of theoretical perspectives, experiences, and cases in relation to these key areas.

This thorough collection includes an overview of the culture from which OSS emerged and the development practices though which OSS is created and modified. The Handbook of Research on Open Source Software: Technological, Economic, and Social Perspectives is an international collaboration including authors from six continents and more than 12 countries. This multinational and multicultural perspective becomes crucial when making effective decisions about software in today's global policy and business environments. This text is an essential reference to business persons, policy makers, educators, and private citizens who are curious about how factors related to OSS may affect different aspects of their lives.

Coverage:

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Accounting and Enterprise Systems
  • Business Models
  • Communities of Practice
  • Dependencies, Networks, and Priorities
  • Evolution of Free Software
  • GLW Infrastructure
  • Governance
  • Hacker Culture and the FLOSS Innovation
  • Legal and Economic Justification for Software Protection
  • Morality and Pragmatism
  • Nonprofit Context
  • Novell’s Open Source Evolution
  • Open Access Publishing
  • Open Source E-learning Systems
  • Open Source Software
  • Open Source Software Engineering
  • Open Source Software Evaluation
  • Open Source Web Portals
  • OSS Adoption in the Legal Services Community
  • Patchwork Prototyping
  • Prototyping
  • Revenue Models
  • Social and Economical Impacts
  • Social Technologies and the Digital Commons
  • Software Engineering Education
Reviews and Testimonials

Readers will gain a more comprehensive examination of how OSS affects practices and attitudes in a variety of public and private sector organizations and societies in general.

– Kirk St.Amant, Editor

This collection of chapters is intended to provide information, ideas, and opinions about OSS to help readers make decisions about its use. Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through professionals.

– CHOICE, Vol. 45, No. 8 (April 2008)

This handbook provides 54 chapters by over 100 authors from around the world who work as researchers, scholars, entrepreneurs, and programmers. This work is a necessary purchase for any academic library that serves students in computer science or information sciences and technology programs.

– American Reference Books Annual, Vol. 39
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Kirk St.Amant is an Associate Professor of Technical and Professional Communication in the Department of English at East Carolina University. He has a background in anthropology, international government, and technical communication, and his research interests include intercultural exchanges via online media and international outsourcing. He has taught online and conventional courses in technical and professional communication and in intercultural communication for Texas Tech University, Mercer University, and James Madison University. He has also taught courses in e-commerce, distance education, and business communication in Ukraine as a part of the USAID-sponsored Consortium for the Enhancement of Ukrainian Management Education (CEUME).
Brian Still, Ph.D., is an assistant professor teaching technical communication at Texas Tech University. He serves on the administrative committee for IEEE's Professional Communication Society. He also sits on the editorial review board for the Information Resources Management Journal. Brian has more than a decade of experience in information technology, including working with and writing on open source software (OSS).
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Luke Maki The Boeing Company, USA

Thomas Orr
University of Aizu, Japan

Kathryn Riley
Illinois Institute of Technology, USA

Muriel Zimmerman
University of California, USA

Eduardo Clark
Freescale Semiconductor, USA