Quantify factors of contribution-friendliness - who to contact?


(Jibe B) #1

Dear Open Source Design community,

I am new here but I already feel at home :slight_smile:

Here is a call I made on twitter but I was told the community is active here:

I would like to quantify what makes an opensource project contribution-friendly. Here is a possible roadmap. https://jibe-b.gitlab.io/experiment/contribution-friendliness-and-farmers-researchers-community.html#what-makes-a-project-contribution-friendly #UXforContribution.

Who would you recommend me to contact in academia?

Who would you recommend me to contact in the private sector?

Looking forward for your answers (or even better your questions!)


(Jdittrich) #2

Github did a survey on open source contributors: https://opensourcesurvey.org/2017/

There are also publications like

  • Bergquist, Magnus, and Jan Ljungberg. n.d. “The Power of Gifts: Organizing Social Relationships in Open Source Communities.” Information Systems Journal 11 (4): 305–20. https://doi.org/10.1046/j.1365-2575.2001.00111.x.
  • Ducheneaut, Nicolas. 2005. “Socialization in an Open Source Software Community: A Socio-Technical Analysis.” Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW) 14 (4): 323–68.

That focus on core issues and provide further links via citations.

This having said, what would make your project different from above github survey? (Asking since surveys are quite a lot of work)


(Philip Durbin) #3

I’m not sure if this helps but IQSS (where I work) was recently awarded a related grant. “Harvard’s Institute for Quantitative Social Science will analyze the characteristics and activities of 10 successful open source projects to determine a set of guidelines that help grow and maintain a healthy open source community.” https://www.imls.gov/grants/awarded/lg-72-18-0147-18

I would think that friendliness counts. :slight_smile: