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These two papers examine the structure of contributions to code and an
OSS mailing list respectively. They both find contributions
concentrated among a small core of participants. It's not social
network method per se, but you may find still find it interesting.
Ghosh, R., & Prakash, V. V. (2000, May 10). The Orbiten free software
survey. Retrieved June 6, 2002, from
Moon, J. Y., & Sproull, L. (1999). Essence of distributed work: the case
of the Linux kernel. Retrieved June 6, 2002, from
I'm interested in the social networks of OSS as well, and would
appreciate if you could send out a summary of what you find.
Moses Boudourides wrote:
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>I was wondering whether those of you who happen to know any literature on
>social network methods applied to free or/and open source software (OSS &
>FOSS) development projects might be kind to inform me about this (either
>by sending me a personal e-mail or through the list). I should add that I
>just don't happen to know anything on this area and so your assistance
>will be extremely valuable for me.
> M.A. Boudourides
> Associate Professor
> Department of Mathematics
> University of Patras
> 265 00 Rio-Patras
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