Deriving project health indicators of Open Source Software Projects using Social Network Analysis
Andreas Kaltenecker, Vienna University of Technology
Alexander Schatten, Vienna University of Technology
Open Source Software Development provides a framework that can't be totally compared to Closed Source or commercial projects. In both cases - Closed and Open Source - it is possible to analyze the current quality of software. As a difference, Open Source Software provides the chance to take a look behind the scenes. Due to the open development process it is possible to analyze not only the product quality but also the community behind. Gained information about the social context of the community can be used as health indicators for the project and as a foundation for prognoses in which direction the of the software will lead to in the future.
This study focuses on Open Source Software Development and tries to identify indicators that can represent the health of projects from this social context.