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Author: Toral, S. L.
Martínez Torres, María del Rocío
Barrero, Federico
Department: Universidad de Sevilla. Departamento de Administración de Empresas y Comercialización e Investigación de Mercados (Marketing)
Universidad de Sevilla. Departamento de Ingeniería Electrónica
Date: 2010
Published in: Information and Software Technology, 52(3), 296-303
Document type: Article
Abstract: This paper analyses the behaviour of virtual communities for Open Source Software (OSS) projects. The development of OSS projects relies on virtual communities, which are built on relationships among members, being their final objective sharing knowledge and improving the underlying project. This study addresses the interactive collaboration in these kinds of communities applying social network analysis (SNA). In particular, SNA techniques will be used to identify those members playing a middle-man role among other community members. Results will illustrate the importance of this role to achieve successful virtual communities
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URI: http://hdl.handle.net/11441/32042

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.infsof.2009.10.007

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