The role of identity for open-source software innovations
2012 (English)Conference paper (Other academic)
This paper describes and discusses the role of identity in open source software (OSS) innovations. It illustrates identities through four case studies that include the perspectives of OSS communities, OSS companies, and users. The paper concludes that the community may either have its primary function to provide an OSS aura to the OSS company, or it may have its focus on attracting developers and thereby contributing to innovativeness of the OSS community. OSS community identitie sare mainly self-reflective on its contributors, but also help to create rules of the community. Since it is the OSS company that communicates identities to external parties, the coherence and closeness between the OSS company and the community are important.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lappeenranta University of Technology Press , 2012.
Identity, open source software, network, community, innovation, acquisition, organisational learning, technology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-79562ISBN: 978-952-265-243-0OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-79562DiVA: diva2:543569
XXIII ISPIM Conference, Barcelona, Spain, 17-20 June
Proceedings available through www.ispim.org.2012-08-082012-08-082014-05-11