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Monthly Archives: September 2011

On the intrinsic and extrinsic motivation of free/libre/open source (FLOSS) developers

paper Based on existing literature Krishnamurthy argues in favor of an integrative theory on open source motivation rather then the either-or of intrinsic versus extrinsic motivation found in other literature. He identifies 4 factors: financial incentives, nature of the task, group size and group structure. Financial incentives can be classified by 4 variables: Distribution pattern [...]

Intrinsic motivation in open source software Development

paper Open source is considered a public good, which is produced for free by skilled, highly educated programmers. This paper examines open source in the context of private provision of public goods. This model is augmented with the concept of the OSS programmer as a ‘homo ludens’ and gift-giving. Programming OSS is considered to have [...]

The Material and Social Dynamics of Motivation: Contributions to Open Source Language Technology Development

paper This paper argues that prior research on the motivations of open source developers has focused too much on intrinsic versus extrinsic and the hacker ethic-for profit juxtaposition frameworks. As a result not all motives have received fair attention. A case study is done on the OpenOffice.Org project, a hybrid firm-commnity project exploring other motivational [...]

Contrasting Community Building in Sponsored and Community Founded Open Source Projects

paper A case study of a project, VistA, the primary healthcare information system for the US Department of Veterans affairs, which has been moved from it’s corporate (closed source) context into a public open-source project. Two different models of open source communities are proposed: sponsored and community founded open source projects. Community founded projects are [...]

Understanding the nature of participation & coordination in open and gated source software development communities

paper This paper explores the motivations for participating in two open source communities, both the communities originated from the same corporate sponsor. The study is based on interviews and mailing list data, conference observation and on-line project documentation. The two projects represent two different kind of communities: ‘gated source’ communities and ‘open source’ communities. The [...]