Open Source Software Development
Ravi Sen, Texas A&M University
1.) Impact of project specific characteristics on project success over time. I have analyzed (using cross-sectional data from Freshmeat.net) the influence of certain project-specific characteristics on project popularity. An interesting result was that the choice of GPL has an adverse impact on project popularity. I am interested in investigating this issue further by including some additional independent variables, such as project category, number of developers involved, project status etc. I want to investigate this further by identifying additional factors that could possibly influence project popularity. More specifically, I am interested in analyzing the influence of these determinants on project popularity over time.
2.) Impact of project-specific characteristics on project survival. SourceForge.net collects statistics on project activity levels over time (e.g. project vitality). I want to use these measures to define the "death of an open source project" and investigate the survival of OSS projects and the determinants of this survival.