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The Open-Source Collaboration Gap

Feb 17, 2009, 18:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dan Woods)

"The enlightened self-interest that causes individuals to send back bug fixes, contribute ideas for new features and write documentation is much harder to find in institutions. This week, the JargonSpy analyzes why such a gap exists and what can be done about it.

"The first step in understanding this gap is to recognize the roots of open source. Almost all open-source projects begin as a community of individuals. A leader starts a project and publishes code on the Internet, and then others join in. As more people show up, community roles and rules develop."

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