Very well written book and well searched on Open Source communities and projects. I was impressed with size of the data sample the researchers collected and analyzed. The results provides valuable insights about the dynamics of Open Source communities and the growth/evolution of such communities for technical and non-technical people. I had researched Open Source communities for the last four years as it was the topic of my Master's thesis , so reading this book I can really see the value of the research and the amount of the work behind it. Just an excellent book and written in a smart way to so technical or non-technical person will enjoy it too. I would recommend it for anyone interested to know about Open Source of researching in that field.
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A must read for those interested in OSS and information / Internet commonsSept. 27 2012
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This is an excellent book. It is a systematic empirical examination of open source software projects and the various factors that shape collaboration. It is careful and measured throughout. The authors aptly explain and apply the Institutional Analysis and Development framework pioneered by Elinor Ostrom. This framework is very useful for organizing the various factors being studied. The authors present and examine a treasure trove of data. The analysis yields some expected results, such as their confirmation that successful collaboration depends on "hard work, good administration, and leadership." It also yields many surprising results, such as their finding that the "programming skill of the developers ... does not seem to play a strong role in determining success versus abandonment, apparently because a large majority of OSS developers are highly skilled professionals." There are many other important findings. In my view, this is a must read for those interested in OSS and information / Internet commons more generally. An added bonus: the book is incredibly well-written and easy to read! The authors worked very hard to explain everything, from the theoretical framework to their research motivations to the limitations of their work to future research directions. The book is a model for rigorous social science research. I know that I will use it as a guide for my own research.