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Diffusion and adoption of open source software within the open source community

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Intellectual Contribution by Sameer Verma

Contribution Title

Diffusion and adoption of open source software within the open source community

Publication

Proceedings of the Annual Decision Sciences Institute Conference, 2004

Co-author

Leigh Jin

Year

2004

Description

Open source software communities work in a loosely-knit structure that works on the motivations of gift and contribution of source code. They communicate using the Internet and organize themselves into self-guided virtual communities. Collaboration methods and intellectual property development within these communities are fairly innovative. Using the concepts of diffusion of innovation, combined with the mechanisms of diffusion in virtual communities, we examine the drivers that influence diffusion and adoption of open source

software within the open source community. We find that significant diffusion occurs through word-of-mouth channels, and adoption is influenced by result demonstrability and ease of use.

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