eSocialScience for Free/Libre Open Source Software researchers

Publication Type:

Conference Proceedings

Source:

Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on e-Social Science, Manchester, UK, 18-20 June (2008)

Keywords:

eScience, FLOSS

Abstract:

This abstract presents a case study of the potential application of eScience tools and practices for the social science research community studying Free/Libre Open Source Software (FLOSS) development practices. We first describe the practice of research on FLOSS to motivate the need for eScience. After outlining suitable public data sources, we describe our initial efforts to introduce eScience tools for FLOSS research, potential obstacles and how the use of such tools might affect the practice of research in this field.

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