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


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 attributes. Rather then fixed motivations the case study proposes that motivation is a complex and changing pattern tied to personal histories and changing objectives. Types of contribution are used to understand how an individual is connected to the project.

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