How does the shift to GitHub impact project collaboration?

Luiz Felipe Dias, Igor Steinmacher, Gustavo Pinto, Daniel Alencar Da Costa, Marco Gerosa

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10 Scopus citations

Abstract

Social coding environments such as GitHub and Bitbucket are changing the way software is built. They are not only lowering the barriers for placing changes, but also making open-source contributions more visible and traceable. Not surprisingly, several mature, active, non-trivial open-source software projects are switching their decades of software history to these environments. There is a belief that these environments have the potential of attracting new contributors to open-source projects. However, there is little empirical evidence to support these claims. In this paper, we quantitatively and qualitatively studied a curated set of open-source projects that made the move to GitHub, aiming at understanding whether and how this migration fostered collaboration. Our results suggest that although interaction in some projects increased after migrating to GitHub, the rise of contributions is not straightforward.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2016 IEEE International Conference on Software Maintenance and Evolution, ICSME 2016
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages473-477
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781509038060
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 12 2017
Externally publishedYes
Event32nd IEEE International Conference on Software Maintenance and Evolution, ICSME 2016 - Raleigh, United States
Duration: Oct 2 2016Oct 10 2016

Publication series

NameProceedings - 2016 IEEE International Conference on Software Maintenance and Evolution, ICSME 2016

Conference

Conference32nd IEEE International Conference on Software Maintenance and Evolution, ICSME 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityRaleigh
Period10/2/1610/10/16

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Software

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