Social networks in Free/Open Source Software (F/OSS) have been usually analyzed at the level of the single project e.g., , or at the level of a whole ecology of projects, e.g., . In this paper, we also in- vestigate the social network generated by developers who collaborate to one or multiple F/OSS projects, but we focus on the less-studied meso- level structure emerging when applying to this network a community- detection technique. The network of ‘communities’ emerging from this analysis links sub-groups of densely connected developers, sub-groups that are smaller than the components of the network but larger than the teams working on single projects. Our results reveal the complexity of this meso-level structure, where several dense sub-groups of develop- ers are connected by sparse collaboration among diﬀerent sub-groups. We discuss the theoretical implications of our ﬁndings with reference to the wider literature on collaboration networks and potential for inno- vation. We argue that the observed empirical meso-structure in F/OSS collaboration network resembles that associated to the highest levels of innovativeness.
|Titolo:||The Meso-level Structure of F/OSS Collaboration Network: Local Communities and Their Innovativeness|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2010|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||4.1 Articolo in Atti di convegno|
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