Explanation of Delphi Survey on Infrastructure For Hosting Open Source Project (IFHOSP)

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(In the context of this research, the term "Open Source" and "Free software" can be used interchangably though they are differences in ideological terms.)

According to two surveys based on interviews of about 4,000 IT executives, Open Source is becoming a more widely accepted concept 1, 2. This gives a clear indication that the use of an Open Source approach in software development is expected to increase. However, there are a number of critics 3, 4, 5, 6who warn of the possible drawbacks of Open Source and thus quality research work in this area will be valuable.

Infrastructure For Hosting Open Source Project (IFHOSP) is the infrastructure that supports and co-ordinates the development of Open Source software projects on the Internet. As the need for Open Source software development increase, it is important to look into the design of IFHOSP. By constructing an evaluation model, it can, therefore, create a useful tool to examine the design of IFHOSP.

A Delphi survey will be conducted to obtain opinions from a group of experts in several different but related areas on IFHOSP to construct an evaluation model.

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[2] Trowbridge, D. 2000, 'The World Turned Upside Down: Open-Source Unix in Organizational Computing', <http://www.survey.com/column_dt_worldupsidedown.html> (Accessed 11 Oct. 00).

[3] Bezroukov, N. 1999, 'Open Source Software Development as a Special Type of Academic Research (Critique of Vulgar Raymondism)', First Monday, vol. 4, no. 10, Oct, 1999, <http://firstmonday.org/issues/issue4_10/bezroukov/index.html> (Accessed 2 Jun. 00).

[4] Bezroukov, N. 1999, 'A Second Look at the Cathedral and Bazaar', First Monday, vol. 4, no. 12, Dec, 1999, <http://firstmonday.org/issues/issue4_12/bezroukov/index.html> (Accessed 2 Jun. 00).

[5] Cubranic, D. 1999, 'Open-Source Software Development', 21st Intl. Conf. on Software Engineering, 2nd Workshop on Software Engineering over the Internet, May 17, <http://sern.ucalgary.ca/~maurer/ICSE99WS/Submissions/Cubranic/Cubranic.html> (Accessed 4 Oct. 00).

[6] Wilson, G. 1999, 'Is the Open Source Community Setting a Bad Example?', IEEE Software, Vol. 16, No. 1, Jan/Feb 1999, pp. 23-25.

Last Update: 20 Aug. 2001