Open source software: an example in use

Greenwood, Anthony (2005) Open source software: an example in use. In: Research FEST 2005, June 2005, St Martin's College, Lancaster.

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Abstract

“Open Source” software (OSS) is distinctive because of
its licensing arrangements. In contrast to commercial
software, OSS is freely distributed. Once in possession
of the software, users may copy, modify, redistribute the
software, or incorporate it into another product. The
author used OSS to develop and write-up his MPhil
thesis.
This paper explores the OSS concept, finding that the
‘gift economy’ is a widely used metaphor in the practitioner literature, though the academic literature exhibits some scepticism about the depth of its applicability.
It confirms that experience with the MPhil project
supports the findings from the literature, and concludes
by recommending that a fuller literature review and a
series of formal case studies be undertaken.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Journal or Publication Title: St Martin's College Research FEST 2005
Departments: Faculty of Education, Arts and Business > Business, Law, Policing and Social Sciences > Business
Depositing User: Anthony Greenwood
Date Deposited: 24 Feb 2010 20:09
Last Modified: 09 Feb 2017 04:23
URI: http://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/94

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