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eSocialScience for Free/Libre Open Source Software Researchers

Kevin Crowston
Syracuse University, USA
James Howison
Syracuse University, USA
Andrea Wiggins
Syracuse University, USA


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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Reference:Crowston, K., Howison, J., Wiggins, A. (2008). "eSocialScience for Free/Libre Open Source Software Researchers," Syracuse University, USA . Sprouts: Working Papers on Information Systems, 8(6). http://sprouts.aisnet.org/8-6
Keywords:open source, eScience, research methods, social science, adoption
Item Type:Article - Volume 8 Article 6 (2008)
Language:English
Email: Kevin Crowston (crowston@syr.edu)
James Howison (jhowison@syr.edu)
Andrea Wiggins (awiggins@syr.edu)

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