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Project Title

Factors that Impact the Diffusion or Adoption Rate of Open Source Software


Rajkumar Venkatesan, University of Connecticut

Project Abstract

This project will explore what factors impact the diffusion/adoption rate of open source software. Specifically:

(a)How the network for open source software projects develop over time?

(b)Can we identify influential individuals who act as a "Tipping Point" for the take-off of open source software projects?

(c) What is the difference in adoption rates for various versions of the same open source software project, i.e., is the diffusion rate of newer versions faster than older versions?

(d) What is the optimal time, with regards to adoption rate and network size, for introducing new versions of an open source software project?