The evolution of OSS projects in relation to the associations among participants
Dr. Thant Sin, University of Miami
This research will attempt to gain a better understanding of how open source projects evolve over time in terms of associations among participants. The Actor Network Theory (ANT) provides a means to analyze and describe the the evolution of a group of human as well as non-human actors that are united by a common interest. The mainstream research in Open Source Software (OSS) development so far have a common interest. The mainstream research in Open Source Software (OSS) development so far have yielded little understanding of the dynamics and evolution of OSS project teams. This understanding will allow us to devise guidelines that can help reduce the chance of failure in open source initiatives. The guidelines will be enhanced by the additional insights gained from the Team Climate Inventory (TCI) measures developed from the textual analysis of discussion messages. The analysis will also be based on various progress measures of projects such as the number of releases and bug reports, etc in conjunction with the textual analysis of discussion messages. The guidelines and findings from this research will be indispensable for the growth successful OSS initiatives.