Analysis of free software communities: coda

As you can see in my last posts (I, II, III, IV and V), I finally managed to translate the paper we released last year in V jornadas de SIG Libre (please, beg my english!). It took me a year and my wisdom teeth removed to find the time.

Our intention (Fran and me) when this paper first poped out from our heads was to foster debate on the best practices around a free software project. While at CartoLab, we presented the idea to Alberto; he encouraged us to work on it and gave the time and resources needed; also in the later stages he contributed to polish the trends and conclusions. I’m deeply grateful for all his patience and empathy.

I’m very proud of the work we have done: the first study of this kind in the GIS arena, and somehow a picture of 10 years of FOSS4G software development (for the desktop side). I hope the study is worth the effort and it continues to create debates on how to better work together.

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