Collaborative Development within Open Source Communities

Collaborative Development within Open Source Communities

Javier Soriano (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain), Sonia Frutos (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain) and Jiménez. Miguel (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60960-100-3.ch410


Open source communities are one of the most successful-- and least appreciated--examples of high-performance collaboration and community building on the Internet today. Open source communities began as loosely organized, ad-hoc communities of contributors from all over the world who shared an interest in meeting a common need. However, the organization of these communities has proven to be very flexible and capable of carrying out all kind of developments, ranging from minor projects to huge programs such as Apache (Höhn, & Herr, 2004; Mockus, Fielding, & Herbsleb, 2005).

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