Handbook of Research on Open Source Software: Technological, Economic, and Social Perspectives, 1st Edition

  • Editor: Brian Still [Texas Tech University]
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  • ISBN-10: 159140892X
  • ISBN-13: 9781591408925
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 728 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2007 | Published/Released April 2008
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2007

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The Handbook of Research on Open Source Software: Technological, Economic, and Social Perspectives is one of the few texts to combine OSS in public and private sector activities into a single reference source. This authoritative publication examines how the use of open source software (OSS) affects practices in society, business, government, education, and law. It provides a balance of theoretical perspectives, experiences, and cases in relation to these key areas.

This thorough collection includes an overview of the culture from which OSS emerged and the development practices though which OSS is created and modified. The Handbook of Research on Open Source Software is an international collaboration including authors from six continents and more than 12 countries. This multinational and multicultural perspective becomes crucial when making effective decisions about software in today's global policy and business environments. This text is an essential reference to business persons, policy makers, educators, and private citizens who are curious about how factors related to OSS may affect different aspects of their lives.

Key features include:

  • Contributions by 104 of the world's leading experts
  • A single source for comprehensive information on an expansive field
  • In-depth definitions for more than 350 key terms
  • Organized by topic and indexed, making it a convenient method of reference for all IT/IS scholars and professionals
  • More than 1,500 comprehensive references to existing literature and research on open source software
  • Cross-referencing of key terms, figures, and information pertinent to open source software

Published in print format April 2007.



  • Brian Still [Texas Tech University]

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Editorial Advisory Board.
List of Contributors.
Table of Contents.
Detailed Table of Contents.
1: Culture, Society, and Open Source Software.
2: Free Software Philosophy and Open Source.
3: Greasemonkey and a Challenge to Notions of Authorship.
4: Morality and Pragmatism in Free Software and Open Source.
5: Hacker Culture and the FLOSS Innovation.
6: Social Technologies and the Digital Commons.
7: ALBA Architecture as Proposal for OSS Collaborative Science.
8: Evaluating the Potential of Free and Open Source Software in the Developing World.
9: Open Source Software: A Developing Country View.
10: The Social and Economical Impact of OSS in Developing Countries.
11: Development Models and Methods for Open Source Software Production.
12: Dependencies, Networks, and Priorities in an Open Source Project.
13: Patchwork Prototyping with Open Source Software.
14: An Agile Perspective on Open Source Software Engineering.
15: A Model for the Successful Migration to Desktop OSS.
16: The Social Order of Open Source Software Production.
17: Evaluating Open Source Software Products and Uses.
18: Open Source Software: Strengths and Weaknesses.
19: Open Source Software Evaluation.
20: Open Source Web Portals.
21: Curious Exceptions? Open Source Software and "Open" Technology.
22: Reducing Transaction Costs with GLW Infrastructure.
23: Issues to Consider When Choosing Open Source Content Management Systems (CMSs).
24: Evaluating Open Source Software through Prototyping.
25: Motives and Methods for Quantitative FLOSS Research.
26: A Generalized Comparison of Open Source and Commercial Database Management Systems.
27: Evaluation of a Migration to Open Source Software.
28: Laws and Licensing Practices Affecting Open Source Software Uses.
29: Legal and Economic Justification for Software Protection.
30: OSS Adoption in the Legal Services Community.
31: The Road of Computer Code Featuring the Political Economy of Copyleft and Legal Analysis of the General Public License.
32: The Evolution of Free Software.
33: Free Access to Law and Open Source Software.
34: Examining Open Source Software Licenses through the Creative Commons Licensing Model.
35: FLOSS Legal and Engineering Terms and a License Taxonomy.
36: Public Policy, the Public Sector, and Government Perspectives on Open Source Software.
37: On the Role of Public Policies Supporting Free/Open Source Software.
38: Use of OSS by Local E–Administration: The French Situation.
39: Issues and Aspects of Open Source Software Usage and Adoption in the Public Sector.
40: The Labor Politics of Scratching an Itch.
41: Open Source Technology and Ideology in the Nonprofit Context.
42: Governance and the Open Source Repository.
43: Business Approaches and Applications Involving Open Source Software.
44: Analyzing Firm Participation in Open Source Communities.
45: Community Customers.
46: Open Source Software Business Models and Customer Involvement Economics.
47: Investing in Open Source Software Companies: Deal Making from a Venture Capitalist's Perspective.
48: Revenue Models in the Open Source Software Business.
49: Open Source for Accounting and Enterprise Systems.
50: Open Source Software and the Corporate World.
51: Business Models in Open Source Software Value Creation.
52: Novell's Open Source Evolution.
53: Educational Perspectives and Practices Related to Open Source Software.
54: Communities of Practice for Open Source Software.
55: Selecting Open Source Software for Use in Schools.
56: Open Source E–Learning Systems: Evaluation of Features and Functionality.
57: The Role of Open Source Software in Open Access Publishing.
58: An Innovative Desktop OSS Implementation in a School.
59: Rapid Insertion of Leading Edge Industrial Strength Software into University Classrooms.
60: Wikis as an Exemplary Model of Open Source Learning.
61: A Perspective on Software Engineering Education with Open Source Software.
About the Contributors.