FLOSSmole: A collaborative repository for FLOSS research data and analyses

Publication Type:

Journal Article


International Journal of Information Technology and Web Engineering, Volume 1, Issue 3, Number 3, p.17–26 (2006)




This paper introduces and expands on previous work on a collaborative project, called FLOSSmole (formerly OSSmole), designed to gather, share and store comparable data and analyses of free and open source software development for academic research. The project draws on the ongoing collection and analysis efforts of many research groups, reducing duplication, and promoting compatibility both across sources of FLOSS data and across research groups and analyses. The paper outlines current difficulties with the current typical quantitative FLOSS research process and uses these to develop requirements and presents the design of the system.


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