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Interdisciplinary insights on Open Source

Gacek, C., Lawrie, T. and Arief, B. (2002). Interdisciplinary insights on Open Source. Paper presented at the Open Source Software Development Workshop, 25 - 26 Feb 2002, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.

Abstract

The term “open source” is widely applied to describe some software development methodologies. This paper does not provide a judgment on the open source approach, but exposes the fact that simply stating that a project is open source does not provide a precise description of the approach used to support the project. By taking a multidisciplinary point of view, we propose a collection of characteristics that are common, as well as some that vary among open source projects. The set of open source characteristics we found can be used as a tick-list both for analysing and for setting up open source projects. Our tick-list also provides a starting point for understanding the many meanings of the term open source.

Publication Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
Departments: School of Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering > Computer Science > Software Reliability
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/266
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