Open Source Bibliography

I did a literature search into Open Source in 2006 as part of  planning for a literature review of the area which in the end I didn’t go ahead with. As I noted at the time, I found that there was a severe shortage of bibliographies relating to Open Source, particularly in a European context, that were relevant, up to date and online. It was even harder to find references that give the perspective of the organisation that is choosing to use or develop Open Source applications – rather than studying how the developers go about their nerdy business.

To try to rectify this, this page is a record of what I found at the time… I really appreciate feedback and suggestions – and my thanks to the people who have added links to their resources in the comments.

NB This list is now out of date – but it might still be of interest.

You can download the BibTex version here

  1. COSPA, D6.1 Report evaluating the costs/benefits of a transition towards ODS/OS 2006, Free University of Bozen/Belzano. p. 123.
  2. COSPA, D3.1 Framework for evaluating returns/losses of the transition to ODS/OS 2006, Free University of Bozen/Belzano. p. 39.
  3. Dalle, J.-M., et al., Advancing Economic Research on the Free and Open Source Software Mode of Production, in Building Our Digital Future: Future Economic, Social & Cultural Scenarios Based On Open Standards, M. Wynants and J. Cornelis, Editors. 2005, Vrjie Universiteit Brussels (VUB) Press: Brussels.
  4. David, P.A., A. Waterman, and S. Arora, The Free/Libre Open Source Software Survey for 2003. 2003, Stanford University: Stanford, CA.
  5. Elliott, M.S. and W. Scacchi. Free Software Developers as an Occupational Community: Resolving Conflicts and Fostering Collaboration. in GROUP’03 Conference. 2003. Sanibel Island, FL: ACM.
  6. Eunice, J., Beyond the Cathedral, Beyond the Bazaar, in 1998.
  7. Evans, D.S., Politics and Programming: Government Preferences for promoting Open Source Software, in Government Policy toward Open Source Software, R.W. Hahn, Editor. 2002, AEI-Brookings Joint Center for Regulatory Studies: Washington DC. p. 34-49.
  8. Evans, D.S. and B. Reddy, Government Preferences for Promoting Open-Source Software: A Solution in Search of a Problem. Government Policy toward Open Source Software, ed. R.W. Hahn. 2002, Washington DC: American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research. 79.
  9. Feller, J. and B. Fitzgerald, Understanding Open Source Software Development. 1 ed. 2002, Harlow: Pearson Education. 211.
  10. Fitzgerald, B. and P.J. Ågerfalk. The Mysteries of Open Source Software: Black and White and Red All Over? in Proceedings of the 38th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences. 2005. Hawaii, US.
  11. FLOSS, Free/Libre Open Source Software: Survey and Study. 2002, International Institute of Infonomics, University of Maastricht: Berlin.
  12. Fogel, K., Producing Open Source Software: How to Run a Successful Free Software Project. 2005: O’Reilly.
  13. Garcia, J.M., A protocol for the Web Mining of SourceForge. 2004. p. 21.
  14. Ghosh, R.A. and R. Glott, FLOSSPOLS D25: Final Integrated Report, in Free/Libre and Open Source Software: Policy Support. 2006, MERIT, University of Maastricht: Maastricht. p. 79.
  15. Ghosh, R.A., et al., Guideline for Public Administrations on partnering with free software developers. 2004.
  16. Ghosh, R.A., et al., FLOSS 2B: Open Source Software in the Public Sector: Policy within the European Union, in Free/Libre and Open Source Software: Survey and Study. 2002, University of Maastricht, The Netherlands: Maastricht. p. 29.
  17. Hahn, R.W., ed. Government Policy toward Open Source Software. ed. A.-B.J.C.f.R. Studies. 2002, Brookings Institution Press: Washington, D.C.
  18. Hahn, R.W., Government Policy toward Open Source Software: An Overview, in Government Policy toward Open Source Software, R.W. Hahn, Editor. 2002a, AEI-Brookings Joint Center for Regulatory Studies: Washington DC. p. 1-11.
  19. Hars, A. and S. Ou, Working for Free? Motivations for Participating in Open-Source Projects. International Journal of Electronic Commerce, 2002. 6(3): p. 25-39.
  20. von Hippel, E. and G. von Krogh, Open Source Software and the “Private-Collective” Innovation Model: Issues for Organizational Science. Organization Science, 2003. 14(2): p. 209-223.
  21. Jensen, C. and W. Scacchi. Experience in Discovering, Modeling, and Reenacting Open Source Software Development Processes. in Proc. Software Process Workshop. 2005. Beijing.
  22. Klang, M., Disruptive Technology: Effects of Technology Regulation on Democracy, in Department of Applied Information Technology. 2006, Göteborg University: Göteborg. p. 265.
  23. Kovács, G.L., et al. Open Source Software for the Public Administration. in Workshop on Computer Science and Information Technologies CSIT’2004, . 2005. Budapest, Hungary.
  24. Lessig, L., Open Source Baselines: Compared to What, in Government Policy toward Open Source Software, R.W. Hahn, Editor. 2002, AEI-Brookings Joint Center for Regulatory Studies: Washington DC. p. 50-68.
  25. Raymond, E.S., The Cathedral and the Bazaar, in The Cathedral and the Bazaar. 2000.
  26. Raymond, E.S., Why You Should Care (Introduction), in The Cathedral and the Bazaar. 2000.
  27. Raymond, E.S., The Prudential Interview. 2003.
  28. Scacchi , W., Open Acquisition: Combining Open Source Software Development with System Acquisition. 2002.
  29. Schmidt, K. and M. Schnitzer, Public Subsidies for Open Source? Some Economic Policy Issues of the Software Market. 2002.
  30. Schmitz, P.-E. and S. Castiaux, Pooling open source software. 2002, UNISYS. p. 147.
  31. Schmitz, P.-E., et al., Report on outcomes of public consultation about the EUPL (European Union Public Licence). 2005, IDA/UNISYS. p. 18.
  32. Spiller, D. and T. Wichmann, FLOSS 3: Basics of Open Source Software Markets and Business Models, in FLOSS – Free/Libre Open Source Software: Survey and Study. 2002, Berlecon Research: Berlin.
  33. VA Software, Leveraging Open Source Processes in the Enterprise 2004, VA Software: Fremont, CA. p. 15.
  34. VA Software, Application Development and Open Source Process Trends: Survery Analysis and Findings. 2005, VA Software: Fremont, CA. p. 6.
  35. Weerawarana, S. and J. Weeratunge, Open Source in Developing Countries. 2004: Swedish Department for Infrastructure and Economic Cooperation, Edita Sverige AB.
  36. Zuliani, P. and G. Succi, Migrating Public Administration to Open Source Software. 2004.
  37. Zuliani, P. and G. Succi, An Experience of Transition to Open Source Software in Local Authorities. eChallenges, 2004.

(updated 27 November 2006)


4 Responses to Open Source Bibliography

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  2. Hi Peter,
    I like the links given by Jim Herbsleb in his Seminar:

    For the seminars I though in the last couple of semesters we also maintained a bibliography of papers that we read. (parts in German but has Bibtex).

    There is also a rather large Bibtex database at FH Brandenburg that my students used as a source for their seminar papers:

    But indeed there is not much to help organisations to help them in their choice with OSS.


  3. Thanks for that Christopher. Your links look very useful – much appreciated! I’ll work my way through them.

    As well as choice of OSS, there’s also very little on how organisations can involve themself (actively) in OSS projects.

    Most of the European projects I have seen (eg COSPA) seem to treat OSS as free software for use by public bodies, with no thought on how to contribute back to the community – even at the level of reporting bugs or funding ongoing development.

    There is an attempt at building an inventory of useful OSS applications at IDABC’s open source observatory: – do you know of it?

    Thanks again


  4. Thanks for the link. Good source for big OSS projects. Similar to what David Wheeler has been doing with GRAM (generally recognized as mature):

    An interesting side note about giving back: The German city of Pforzheim has recently switched to the Open Source Asterisk PBX for VoIP. As a “thank you” they gave back the German sound-files that they had produced.

    I think it would be very interesting to discuss this in more detail. Feel free to drop me an email.


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