Free/Libre and Open Source Software:
Survey and Study
Technological and socio-economic changes known as the "New Information
Society/Economy" are re-introducing the notion of production, consumption
and trade of goods and services without the direct or obvious involvement
of money. Such "non-monetary/trans-monetary" economic activity
is difficult to measure through usual monetary indicators. This project
aims to remedy this situation by identifying and developing indicators
of such activity through a case study of OS/FS: Open Source/Free Software.
A survey of users and developers provided the first comprehensive
base of hard data on OS/FS; indicators of measurement including monetary
are applied on this domain through the survey; and a unique survey of
OS/F software source code measured authors' contributions and other indicators.
OS/FS business models and best practices and policy/regulatory impact
were assessed. While focusing on OS/FS, FLOSS has implications for measuring
and modelling the New Economy as a whole.
||proposal accepted by the European
Commission, project started on June 1, 2001 and terminates on
October 31, 2002.
to the European Comission on July 1, 2002. Final version of the report
will be publicly available on November 1, 2002.
A final workshop to present FLOSS
results and set the future research agenda was conducted on October
14, 2002 and summary proceedings
will be included with the final report.
See also: CORDIS,
Research, Berlin; ProActive International, Paris
|| June 2001-May 2002
||project report, research paper(s), database(s), software