Sustainability and Diversity of Open Source Software Communities: Analysis of the Android Open Source Project

Eckert, Remo; Mueller, Andreas (October 2017). Sustainability and Diversity of Open Source Software Communities: Analysis of the Android Open Source Project (Submitted). In: The Twelfth International Conference on Software Engineering Advances. Athens, Greece. 08-12.10.2017.

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Open Source Software (OSS) projects rely on the efforts of thousands of software developers. The sustainability and diversity of these communities are two important factors for the longterm viability of OSS communities. This paper reviews the research on OSS sustainability and diversity. Drawing on the findings of measures on sustainability and diversity, we applied a number of the established metrics to the Android Open Source Project and found that over a third of all contributions originate from Google. Surprisingly, in 2015 we saw a decrease in the total number of contributors within the Android project. Findings from our analysis highlight the importance of sustainability and diversity for the development of OSS.

Item Type:

Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Department of Business Management > Institute of Information Systems > Information Management
03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Department of Business Management > Institute of Information Systems

UniBE Contributor:

Eckert, Remo

Subjects:

000 Computer science, knowledge & systems
600 Technology > 650 Management & public relations
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 330 Economics

Language:

English

Submitter:

Remo Eckert

Date Deposited:

27 Sep 2017 07:53

Last Modified:

27 Sep 2017 07:53

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.105167

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/105167

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