Entering an ecosystem: The hybrid OSS landscape from a developer perspective

Hanna Mäenpää, Fabian Fagerholm, Myriam Munezero, Terhi Kilamo, Tommi Johannes Mikkonen

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Hybrid Open Source Software projects are virtual organizations that express characteristics of both static and dynamic behavior. They are choreographed through complex organizational structures that mix centralized governance with distributed community drivenness. While many communities use standard software tools to support their development processes, each community has its own ways of working and invisible power structures that influence how contributions are submitted, how they are verified and how decisions about the long-term direction of the software product are made. Navigating this environment is especially challenging for new developers who need to prove their abilities to gain rights to make contributions. This paper provides a viewpoint on the factors that influence a new developer's perception of the hybrid OSS developer community landscape. We apply an established developmental theory to build an initial model for the developer's context and discuss the model's validation, providing its practical and theoretical implications for building and managing on-line developer communities.
Original languageEnglish
JournalCEUR Workshop Proceedings
Pages (from-to)127-137
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 29 Nov 2017
MoE publication typeA4 Article in conference proceedings
EventInternational Workshop on Software Ecosystems - Helsinki, Finland
Duration: 29 Nov 201729 Nov 2017
Conference number: 9

Fields of Science

  • 113 Computer and information sciences

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