The dual role of conflict in Free and Open Source Software development

This presentation is part of the WikiSym + OpenSym 2013 program.

Anna Filippova

The voluntary and computer mediated nature of FOSS work present challenges to effective collaboration. Conflict within the team is one challenge that may arise due to limited communication channels and the distributed nature of work. As conflict may be both harmful and beneficial for a team, we propose a quantitative content analysis method to identify the various types of conflict that may occur during FOSS development. Additionally, we propose a related study to survey the relationship of these conflict types with FOSS team outputs, in order to better inform community design.

A PDF file will be made available on August 5, 2013, through the WikiSym + OpenSym 2013 conference proceedings.

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