Assessing open source project health

Georg J.P. Link, Matt Germonprez

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Abstract

Assessing the health of open source projects is common amongst people who engage in open source projects. This phenomenological study is the beginning of a research program that investigates open source project health. We find a lack of shared understanding of how people assess open source project health. This paper identifies four themes, namely (1) that assessing open source project health is required, (2) that it is built on the activity within a project, (3) that the process of assessing health is not clear nor well understood, and (4) that a deeper understanding of health comes from understanding aspects of community, code, and resources. This paper contributes to open source project health by documenting the universal need for assessing health, uncovering the importance of project activity, identifying the potential benefit of creating a shared understanding and process of assessing health, and confirming theoretical conceptualizations of project health.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAmericas Conference on Information Systems 2018
Subtitle of host publicationDigital Disruption, AMCIS 2018
PublisherAssociation for Information Systems
ISBN (Print)9780996683166
StatePublished - 2018
Event24th Americas Conference on Information Systems 2018: Digital Disruption, AMCIS 2018 - New Orleans, United States
Duration: Aug 16 2018Aug 18 2018

Publication series

NameAmericas Conference on Information Systems 2018: Digital Disruption, AMCIS 2018

Other

Other24th Americas Conference on Information Systems 2018: Digital Disruption, AMCIS 2018
CountryUnited States
CityNew Orleans
Period8/16/188/18/18

Keywords

  • Engaged field research
  • Open source project health
  • Open source software
  • Phenomenology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems

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    Link, G. J. P., & Germonprez, M. (2018). Assessing open source project health. In Americas Conference on Information Systems 2018: Digital Disruption, AMCIS 2018 (Americas Conference on Information Systems 2018: Digital Disruption, AMCIS 2018). Association for Information Systems.