My first German paper

I am super excited!

For four years, I publish academic papers. All in English. Today, I have my first paper in my native language, German.

A big thanks to UNO Criss Library for funding the Open Access fees! It is great to have the amazing support for a future of a more open science.

I am very happy to have an amazing author team of Malvika Rao, Don Marti, Andy Leak, and Rich Bodo. They developed the core of the idea before I joined them and created a welcoming environment for me to learn so much and expand my horizon. – THANK YOU!

A big thanks to all of my test readers who provided invaluable feedback and helped me fix mistakes. Admittedly, I German grammar rules are different from English.

Without further due, the title and abstract of the paper:

Marktplatz zur Koordinierung und Finanzierung von Open Source Software

Open Source ist ein zunehmend beliebter Kollaborationsmechanismus für die Entwicklung von Software, auch in Unternehmen. Unsere Arbeit schafft die fehlende Verbindung zwischen Open Source Projekten, Unternehmen und Märkten. Ohne diese Verbindung wurden Koordinations- und Finanzierungsprobleme sichtbar, die zu schwerwiegenden Sicherheitslücken führen. In diesem Paper entwickeln wir acht Design Features, die ein Marktplatz für Open Source haben sollte, um diese Probleme zu beseitigen. Wir begründen jedes Design Feature mit den bestehenden Praktiken von Open Source und stellen einen Prototypen vor. Abschließend diskutieren wir, welche Auswirkungen die Einführung eines solchen Marktplatzes haben könnte.

Der Artikel ist open access und bei Springer verfügbar.

Marketplace to Coordinate and Finance Open Source Software

The popularity of open source as a collaboration mechanism for developing software is increasing. Organizations increase their engagement. In our work, we draw the missing connection between open source projects, organizations, and markets. Without this connection, we have seen severe software vulnerability result from coordination and financing breakdowns. In this paper, we develop eight design features that a market place for open source should have to address these breakdowns. We develop the design features based on literature about the practices of open source. We present a prototype and discuss what implications would result from implementing such a market place.

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The paper is open access and available from Springer.

Full reference:

Link, G. J. P., Rao, M., Marti, D., Leak, A., & Bodo, R. (2018). Marktplatz zur Koordinierung und Finanzierung von Open Source Software. HMD Praxis der Wirtschaftsinformatik.

New Paper: “Eight Observations and 24 Research Questions About Open Source Projects: Illuminating New Realities”

I am excited about this paper because we point out ways in which open source is evolving. And let me tell you, open source is changing a lot. This is relevant for researchers, because it shapes the story we can tell and the kind of questions most interesting. In fact, we identify 24 research questions we find intriguing.

Paper Abstract:

The rapid acceleration of corporate engagement with open source projects is drawing out new ways for CSCW researchers to consider the dynamics of these projects. Research must now consider the complex ecosystems within which open source projects are situated, including issues of for-profit motivations, brokering foundations, and corporate collaboration. Localized project considerations cannot reveal broader workings of an open source ecosystem, yet much empirical work is constrained to a local context. In response, we present eight observations from our eight-year engaged field study about the changing nature of open source projects. We ground these observations through 24 research questions that serve as primers to spark research ideas in this new reality of open source projects. This paper contributes to CSCW in social and crowd computing by delivering a rich and fresh look at corporately-engaged open source projects with a call for renewed focus and research into newly emergent areas of interest.

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This paper is open access and available from the ACM Digital Library.

 Full reference:

Germonprez, M., Link, G. J.P., Lumbard, K., & Goggins, S. (2018). Eight Observations and 24 Research Questions About Open Source Projects: Illuminating New Realities. Proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction, 2(CSCW), 57:1–57:22.

New Paper: “Open Data Standards for Open Source Software Risk Management Routines: An Examination of SPDX”

I presented our paper Open Data Standards for Open Source Software Risk Management Routines: An Examination of SPDX at the ACM GROUP conference in Florida. GROUP is a single-track conference with a great group of participants. I enjoyed the interactions and presentations. GROUP is definitely worth going again. Also, single-track conferences may be my new preferences, because I do not have to decide which of several interesting session to go to.

Paper Abstract:

As the organizational use of open source software (OSS) increases, it requires the adjustment of organizational routines to manage new OSS risk. These routines may be influenced by community-developed open data standards to explicate, analyze, and report OSS risks. Open data standards are co-created in open communities for unifying the exchange of information. The SPDX® specification is such an open data standard to explicate and share OSS risk information. The development and subsequent adoption of SPDX raises the questions of how organizations make sense of SPDX when improving their own risk management routines, and of how a community benefits from the experiential knowledge that is contributed back by organizational adopters. To explore these questions, we conducted a single case, multi-component field study, connecting with members of organizations that employed SPDX. The results of this study contribute to understanding the development and adoption of open data standards within open source environments.

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The paper is Open Access and is available in the ACM Digital Library.

Full reference:

Gandhi, R., Germonprez, M., & Link, G. J. P. (2018). Open data standards for open source software risk management routines: an examination of SPDX. In Proceedings of ACM GROUP ’18 (pp. 219–229). Sanibel Island, Florida, USA: ACM.

Master Thesis Published in Journal

I am ecstatic about publishing my master thesis in a journal. I thank my co-authors who mentored me throughout the master thesis process and helped me achieve this goal. When I started the thesis project, I aimed for a conference publication and never dreamed that I would produce journal quality research on my fist attempt. The paper title is Anchored Discussion: Development of a Tool for Creativity in Online Collaboration.

Paper Abstract:

Open innovation and crowdsourcing rely on online collaboration tools to enable dispersed people to collaborate on creative ideas. Research shows that creativity in online groups is significantly influenced by the interaction between group members. In this paper, we demonstrate how theory can be effectively used to design and evaluate a tool for creative online collaboration. Specifically, we use the body of knowledge on creativity support systems to inform the development of a tool to support anchored discussions. Anchored discussions represent a new mode for creative interaction. In anchored discussion every comment is tied to some aspect of an idea. We evaluated the anchored discussion tool in a laboratory experiment, which generated insights for additional and refined research. Our results indicate that anchored discussion leads to a more structured discussion amongst group members and consequently to more creative outcomes. In a post session survey, participants made several suggestions on how to improve anchored discussion. This paper concludes that anchored discussion is promising as a new tool to aid online groups in creative collaboration. This paper extends a previous version presented at CRIWG 2015 [Link, 2015].

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The full paper is available open access from the J.UCS website.

Full reference:

Link, G. J.P., Siemon, D., de Vreede, G.-J., & Robra-Bissantz, S. (2016). Anchored Discussion: Development of a Tool for Creativity in Online Collaboration. Journal of Universal Computer Science, 22(10), 1339–1359.