How open is the worldwide Plone community?

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Presentation given at Plone Symposium East 2010, Penn State University, 28 May 2010.

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  • How open is the worldwide Plone community?

    1. 1. How open is the worldwide Plone community? Jonathan Lewis Plone Symposium East 28 May 2010
    2. 2. motivation • users are important • some users become developers • many users prefer other languages • isolation of East Asian communities • empirical evidence required
    3. 3. Research on OSS communities • social structures, decision-making, ... • analysis of codebases, mailing lists • Tang et al on global participation • emphasis on developers • emphasis on English-medium
    4. 4. Aims of analysis • Newcomers’ questions • Response rate • Median response time • Regulars also on English forums?
    5. 5. Data sources • Plone-Users • Geeklog (en & ja) • plone.jp • WordPress (en & ja) • dzug-zope • Plone Cono Sur
    6. 6. De nitions & tools • newcomer: posted < 20 times • regular: posted >= 20 times • mailing list thread analysis: • jwzthreading-0.91
    7. 7. Messages analyzed
    8. 8. Response rates
    9. 9. Response times
    10. 10. Regulars
    11. 11. Conclusions • response rates high • response times variable • Japanese communities • vibrant but isolated • pros and cons
    12. 12. References etc. • Reference • Tang, R., Hassan, A.E., Zou, Y.: A case study on the impact of global participation on mailing lists communications of open source projects. In: Proceedings of the 3rd International Workshop on Knowledge Collaboration in Software Development (KCSD), Kyoto, Japan (November 2009) • Contact • Jonathan Lewis Graduate School of Social Sciences Hitotsubashi University jonathan_lewis@mac.com www.lewis.soc.hit-u.ac.jp

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