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The Secret of Open-Source Project Success

Apr 14, 2008, 12:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Allan Alter)

"What's the secret of success for open-source software projects? The same as other teams: trust, cooperation and a broad network of external contacts. Those are the main findings contained in an important new working paper by researchers at the University of Washington and the University of Texas at Dallas. The paper is entitled 'Network Effects: The Influence of Structural Social Capital on Open Source Project Success.'

"The researchers studied 2378 projects hosted at Sourceforge.net--a site where, according to the study's authors, 90 percent of all open-source projects are hosted..."

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