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Internet SuccessA Study of Open-Source Software Commons$
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Charles M. Schweik and Robert C. English

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780262017251

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262017251.001.0001

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Our Study in Perspective

Our Study in Perspective

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(p.302) (p.303) 13 Our Study in Perspective
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Internet Success
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Charles M. Schweik

Robert C. English

Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262017251.003.0013

This book has investigated the factors that lead some open-source software (OSS) commons to continued success and others to abandonment using data sets on SourceForge.net. By identifying these factors, it hoped to better explain not only OSS commons but also the power of openness, collaboration on the Internet, and collective action. The book explored motivations for participating in OSS development, the role of face-to-face meetings and social capital, group size involving the end user community, OSS institutions, open-content collaborations, marketing and open content, and politics and economics.

Keywords:   open-source software, OSS commons, success, abandonment, SourceForge.net, openness, collaboration, collective action, OSS institutions, open content

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