AAAI Publications, 2013 AAAI Fall Symposium Series

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A Study of SourceForge Users and User Network
Liguo Yu, Srini Ramaswamy

Last modified: 2013-11-12


SourceForge is a web-based code repository for open-source projects. It is one of the most successful web sites that promote code sharing, collaboration, and open-source software development. Users of SourceForge are globally distributed and come from every corner of the world. They interact with each other in the virtual space through the formation of user groups. Accordingly a user network is formed on SourceForge. The user network is not only a virtual network, but also serves as a platform for open-source and distributed software development. A careful study of SourceForge can hence provide useful insight into both distributed software development and the emergence of developer social networks. In this paper, the SourceForge users and user network are studied, including user growth rate, geographical distribution, and network clusters. The findings presented in this study are an attempt to enrich our knowledge about online software developer networks.

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