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Title:Participation architectures for free and open-source software innovation
Author(s):Purcell, Michelle; Gasson, Susan
Subject(s):FOSS communities
participation architecture
design affordances
user engagement
distributed cognition
Abstract:Free, Open-Source Software (FOSS) communities are centered on software product innovation. But the social organization of FOSS communities of practice and inappropriate technology platform design can discourage product users from engaging with FOSS communities. The process of suggesting, exploring, and gaining acceptance for new software features can be daunting. We study trajectories of user-participation and social network structures in a vertically-integrated FOSS community to explore what distinguishes successful from unsuccessful participation architecture. We identify socio-cultural and IT platform design (instrumental) barriers to new feature acceptance, to suggest socio-technical affordances for FOSS participation architectures.
Issue Date:2016-03-15
Publisher:iSchools
Citation Info:NA
Series/Report:IConference 2016 Proceedings
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Type:Text
Language:English
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/89311
DOI:10.9776/16242
Rights Information:Copyright 2016 is held by the authors. Copyright permissions, when appropriate, must be obtained directly from the authors.
Date Available in IDEALS:2016-03-08


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