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9 December 2010

FLOSS Communities: Analyzing Evolvability and Robustness from an Industrial Perspective

Location: Meeting Room 10, 2nd Floor, JLB
Time: 12:30pm - 13:45pm
Speaker(s): Daniel Izquierdo-Cortazar - Universidad Rey Juan Carlos in Móstoles, Spain.

Plenty of companies try to access Free/Libre/Open Source Software (FLOSS) products, but they find a lack of documentation and responsiveness from the libre software community. But not all of the communities have the same capacity to answer questions. Even more, most of these communities are driven by volunteers which in most of the cases work on their spare time. Thus, how active and reliable is a community and how can we measure their risks in terms of quality of the community is a main issue to be resolved. Trying to determine how a community runs and look for their weaknesses is a way to improve themselves and, also, a way to obtain trustworthiness from an enterprise point of view. In order to have a statistical basement, around 1400 FLOSS projects have been studied to create thresholds which will help to determine a project’s current status compared with this initial set of FLOSS communities. Bio: Daniel Izquierdo-Cortazar is a PhD student at the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos in Móstoles, Spain. He earned a degree in computer science from the same university and obtained his master degree in computer networks and computer science systems in 2006. His research work is centered in the assesment of libre software communities from an engineering point of view and especially with regard to quantitative and empirical issues. Right now he holds a grant from the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos to dedicate part of his time to his PhD's thesis. He has been also involved in European-funded projects such as QualOSS, FLOSSMetrics or FLOSSWorld. He also teaches in Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Móstoles (Spain) in the Master on Free Software.


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