Geographic location of developers at SourceForge

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Geographic location of developers at SourceForge
The development of libre (free/open source) software is usually performed by geographically distributed teams. Participation in most cases is voluntary, sometimes sporadic, and often not framed by a pre-defined management structure. This means that anybody can contribute, and in principle no national origin has advantages over others, except for the differences in availability and quality of Internet connections and language. However, differences in participation across regions do exist, although there are little studies about them. In this paper we present some data which can be the basis for some of those studies. We have taken the database of users registered at SourceForge, the largest libre software development web-based platform, and have inferred their geographical locations. For this, we have applied several techniques and heuristics on the available data (mainly e-mail addresses and time zones), which are presented and discussed in detail. The results show a snapshot of th...
Gregorio Robles, Jesús M. González-B
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Updated 14 Jun 2010
Type Conference
Year 2006
Where MSR
Authors Gregorio Robles, Jesús M. González-Barahona
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