Evolution of the Linux Credits file: Methodological challenges and reference data for Open Source research

Ilkka Tuomi

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This paper presents time–series data that can be extracted from the Linux Credits files and discusses methodological challenges of automatic extraction of research data from open source files. The extracted data is used to describe the geographical expansion of the core Linux developer community. The paper also comments on attempts to use the Linux Credits data to derive policy recommendations for open source software.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5210/fm.v9i6.1151



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