The use of empirical methods in open source software research: Facts, trends and future directions

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Stol, Klaas-Jan
Babar, Muhammad Ali
Russo, Barbara
Fitzgerald, Brian
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Open Source Software (OSS) is a field of study with increasing interest of researchers. By its nature, OSS is especially suitable for empirical research. A great number of OSS related empirical studies have been conducted, but no effort has been made to systematically review the published evidence. This paper presents the results of a systematic review to investigate research topics and used methods in OSS related research. We present our results as facts and trends in this field and provide directions for future research.
Open source software , Strontium , Protocols , Software engineering , Data mining , Guidelines , Conferences , Inspection , Software libraries , Public domain software , Software engineering , Empirical methods , Open source software research , OSS related research
Stol, K. -J., Babar, M. A., Russo, B. and Fitzgerald, B. (2009) 'The use of empirical methods in Open Source Software research: Facts, trends and future directions', 2009 ICSE Workshop on Emerging Trends in Free/Libre/Open Source Software Research and Development, Vancouver, BC, Canada, 18 May, pp. 19-24. doi: 10.1109/FLOSS.2009.5071355
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