Spicing Up Open Source Development with a Touch of Crowdsourcing

Terhi Kilamo, Jurka Rahikkala, Tommi Mikkonen

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    Leveraging the work and innovation of third party developers has risen as a viable business model for software companies. Most obviously, open source software has become an opportune ecosystem for creating innovative products with minimum number of paid developers. Then, having a company core where most of the development is done in-house by developers employed by the company can lead to a situation where the community contributions are not smoothly integrated into the code base of the open source product. Similarly, during the last decade, the use of the specialized workforce available online -- so-called crowd sourcing -- has received a lot of attention. While tapping into the unknown group of experts differs from the open source community-driven approach, they share certain similarities as well. In this paper, we present results of an initial study on how adopting and utilizing elements from crowd sourcing can help to boost community contributions in company lead development of an open source software product. We further discuss how such activity can be supported by an in-house development model where all contributions whether done by the developers of the company or community participants enter a common, automated integration pipeline.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication2015 41st Euromicro Conference on Software Engineering and Advanced Applications (SEAA)
    Number of pages8
    ISBN (Print)978-1-4673-7585-6
    Publication statusPublished - 2015
    Publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
    EventEuromicro Conference on Software Engineering and Advanced Applications -
    Duration: 1 Jan 1900 → …


    ConferenceEuromicro Conference on Software Engineering and Advanced Applications
    Period1/01/00 → …

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