Limited to a strict interpretation of its definition,
open source consists of a set of rules which apply to
a piece of software and which specify how the
software and derivatives of it may be used. However,
it is widely seen as much more than a simple
licensing agreement, it is a "philoshophy", a
"production model", a "way of organizing
or even "a new innovation model".
But how are open source projects organized and
how is work coordinated and distributed between its
This work contributes by examining actual source code
changes, comparing 29 projects. Which developers
collaborate in the same files and wich work
exclusively in their own domain? Looking for patterns
across projects, this work attempts to identify
coordination styles in open source projects.
Sebastian Spaeth studied Industrial Engineering andAdministration at the TU Karlsruhe, Germany andgraduated as Master of Science at the Technical UniversityLinköping, Sweden. He reached his doctoral degree with Prof.von Krogh at the University St.Gallen, Switzerland. Currently, heworks as a researcher and lecturer at ETH Zürich.