Emerging Free and Open Source Software Practices

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Sowe, Sulayman K.
Idea Group Inc (IGI), Jun 30, 2007 - Computers - 306 pages
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Project infrastructure and software repositories are now widely available at low cost with easy extraction, providing a foundational base to conduct detailed cyber-archeology at a scale not open to researchers before. Emerging Free and Open Source Software Practices provides a collection of empirical research acting as a focal point to the status of these repositories and infrastructures along with the F/OSS project.

Emerging Free and Open Source Software Practices presents a framework and state-of-the-art references on F/OSS projects, reporting on past and on-going case studies of projects covering a wide range of F/OSS applications and domains. This book postulates trends in the evolution of software practices and solutions to the challenges ubiquitous nature free and open source software provides.

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Sulayman K Sowe is a final year PhD student at the Department of Informatics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. He received a BEd in science education from University of Bristol, UK (1991) and an Advance Diploma and MSc in computer science from Sichuan University, China (1997). He taught physics, chemistry, and mathematics at various schools in the Gambia (1988-1998). He was a lecturer in Information Technology at the University of The Gambia (2002). He worked at the Department of State for Education, The Gambia as the director of Information Technology and Human Resource Development - IT/HRD (1998), as a System Administrator and Assistant Registrar II for the West African Examinations Council (1998-2002), and as a Database Manager for the Medical Research Council (2002-2003. His research interests include Free/Open Source Software Development, Knowledge Management, Information Systems Evaluation, and Social & Collaborative Networks. He is currently working on several projects related to Free/Open Source Software financed by Greece and the European Commission Information Society Technologies (IST) Programmes. He has publications in scientific Journals, Conferences and Book chapters.

Ioannis Stamelos is an assistant professor of computer science in the Department of Informatics at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He received a degree in electrical engineering from the Polytechnic School of Thessaloniki (1983) and a PhD in computer science from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (1988). He teaches language theory, object-oriented programming, software engineering, software project management and enterprise information systems at the graduate and postgraduate level. His research interests include empirical software evaluation and management, agile methods, software education and open source software engineering. He is the author of 60 scientific papers and a member of the IEEE Computer Society.

Ioannis Samoladas is a PhD candidate at the Department of Informatics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He holds a BSc (Magna Cum Laude) from the same department. His main research interest is Empirical FLOSS Engineering. Additionally he has been involved in other areas such as Knowledge Engineering Systems and Distance Certification. Currently he is involved in two major European Union (IST) Projects regarding FLOSS: SQO-OSS and FLOSSMETRICS. His day job is Secondary School Informatics teacher. [Editor]

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