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Final Thesis: Open Source Collaboration Codified (in English)

Abstract: When using mailing lists as a collaboration tool, (open source) software developers are following various usage patterns. In order to improve the efficiency of open source collaboration, this thesis tries to identify these existing patterns by analyzing the mailing lists of popular open source projects, then proposes an annotation schema to codify these patterns. A mailing list archiver application is also implemented, which applies the codifications to handle email messages, provides tool supporting for the improvement.

Keywords: Open Source Software Development, Collaboration, Mailing List, Conversation Action, Usage Pattern, Email Message, JavaMail API, Google Web Toolkit (GWT), Hibernate, PostgreSQL

PDFs: Final thesis (in English), original work description

Reference: Ke Chang. Open Source Collaboration Codified. Diplomarbeit, Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nürnberg: 2011.