How to support newcomers onboarding to open source software projects

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While onboarding an open source software (OSS) project, contributors face many different barriers that hinder their contribution, leading in many cases to dropout. Many projects leverage the contribution of outsiders and the sustainability of the project relies on retaining some of these newcomers. In this research, we aim at understanding the barriers that hinder onboarding of newcomers to OSS projects, by means of different empirical approaches, and proposing a set of strategies that can be used to support the first step of newcomers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationOpen Source Software
Subtitle of host publicationMobile Open Source Technologies - 10th IFIP WG 2.13 International Conference on Open Source Systems, OSS 2014, Proceedings
EditorsLuis Corral, Alberto Sillitti, Giancarlo Succi, Jelena Vlasenko, Anthony I. Wasserman
PublisherSpringer New York LLC
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)9783642551277
StatePublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameIFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology
ISSN (Print)1868-4238
ISSN (Electronic)1868-422X

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Information Systems and Management


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