Defining Open Source Software project success

Publication Type:

Conference Proceedings


Proceedings of the 24th International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS), Seattle, WA, December (2003)




Information systems success is one of the most widely used dependent variables in information systems research. In this paper, we identify a range of measures that can be used to assess the success of Open Source Software (OSS) projects. We identify measures based on a review of the literature, a consideration of the OSS development process and an analysis of the opinions of OSS developers. For each measure, we provide examples of how they might be used in a study of OSS development.


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