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A social networking approach to F/OSS quality assessment

Tawileh, Anas, Rana, Omer Farooq and McIntosh, Stephen 2008. A social networking approach to F/OSS quality assessment. Presented at: Computer-Mediated Social Networking First International Conference (ICCMSN 2008), Dunedin, New Zealand, 11-13 June 2008. Published in: Purvis, Maryam and Savarimuthu, Bastin Tony Roy eds. Computer-mediated social networking : first International Conference, ICCMSN 2008, Dunedin, New Zealand, June 11-13, 2008: revised selected papers. Lecture Notes in Computer Science , vol. 5322. Berlin: Springer, pp. 157-170. 10.1007/978-3-642-02276-0_16

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With the growing number of available Free and Open Source Software (F/OSS) applications, choosing between them becomes increasingly difficult. The concept of "trust" in social networking has been successfully applied to facilitate choice in similar situations. We propose a social network-based approach to quality assessment and evaluation of F/OSS applications. The proposed system utilises the community formed around F/OSS projects to produce meaningful recommendations based on specific user preferences. We suggest that such an approach would overcome some of the difficulties complicating user choice by making useful suggestions and can fit seamlessly within the structure of the majority of F/OSS projects. The main focus of this work is on the end users of free and open source software and not on the developers of the software. The social network-based approach would apply differently to these different user classes.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Computer Science & Informatics
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
Uncontrolled Keywords: Social Networks; Free and Open Source Software; Quality Assessment; Trust
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9783642022753
ISSN: 0302-9743
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