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Author: Martínez Torres, María del Rocío
Toral, S. L.
Olmedilla Fernández, María
Department: Universidad de Sevilla. Departamento de Electrónica
Universidad de Sevilla. Departamento de Administración de Empresas y Comercialización e Investigación de Mercados (Marketing)
Date: 2015
Published in: World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology, 9 (6), 1374-1379.
Document type: Article
Abstract: Typically, virtual communities exhibit the well-known phenomenon of participation inequality, which means that only a small percentage of users is responsible of the majority of contributions. However, the sustainability of the community requires that the group of active users must be continuously nurtured with new users that gain expertise through a participation process. This paper analyzes the time evolution of Open Source Software (OSS) communities, considering users that join/abandon the community over time and several topological properties of the network when modeled as a social network. More specifically, the paper analyzes the role of those users rejoining the community and their influence in the global characteristics of the network.
Cite: Martínez Torres, M.d.R., Toral, S.L. y Olmedilla Fernández, M. (2015). A quantitative study of the evolution of open source software communities. World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology, 9 (6), 1374-1379.
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URI: http://hdl.handle.net/11441/65115

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