Assessing the Health of an Open Source Ecosystem

Assessing the Health of an Open Source Ecosystem

Donald Wynn Jr. (University of Georgia, USA)
Copyright: © 2007 |Pages: 21
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-210-7.ch011
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This study examines the concept of an ecosystem as originated in the field of ecology and applied to open source software projects. Additionally, a framework for assessing the three dimensions of ecosystem health is defined and explained using examples from a specific open source ecosystem. The conceptual framework is explained in the context of a case study for a sponsored open source ecosystem. The framework and case study highlight a number of characteristics and aspects of these ecosystems which can be evaluated by existing and potential members to gauge the health and sustainability of open source projects and the products and services they produce.

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