Toward understanding new feature request systems as participation architectures for supporting open innovation

Title: Toward understanding new feature request systems as participation architectures for supporting open innovation

Authors: Michelle W. Purcell (College of Computing & Informatics Drexel University)

Abstract: Most research regarding innovation in open source software communities pertains to identifying supporting conditions for promoting code contribution as a way to innovate the software. Instead, this paper seeks to identify social and technological affordances of new feature request systems and their potential to support open innovation through integration of peripheral community members’ ideas for advancing the software. Initial findings from the first of a planned study of multiple open source software communities are presented to identify attributes of effective participation architectures.

This contribution to OpenSym 2015 will be made available as part of the OpenSym 2015 proceedings (or companion) on or after August 19, 2015.

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