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.