[OSGeo-Discuss] OSGL internship project - Study of collaboration networks in Open Source GIS

Suchith Anand Suchith.Anand at nottingham.ac.uk
Wed Feb 23 10:51:51 PST 2011

Dear All,
One of the internship projects at the Open Source Geospatial Lab at Centre for Geospatial Science aims to look into the links between the various open source GIS projects in the OSGeo umbrella to help us understand the connections between the various communities, developers, users etc. We are aiming to produce an academic paper with the results. Jianhua Shao is the internship student who will lead this project. Myself, George Kuk, Jeremy Morley ,Tyler Mitchell will also be involved in this project.
Title: Study of collaboration networks in Open Source GIS
Over the last few years there has been tremendous increase in the growth and maturity of Open Source geospatial software. The Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) has been instrumental in bringing together the various open source geospatial communities and help sustain this growth. As part of this project we aim to look into the linkages between various open source GIS projects, communities, developers, users etc  with the aim to better understand the open source geospatial ecosystem. We will collect data such as maillist, svn commits, issue tracker etc for doing the analysis and building the model. The results of the work will be published as a paper.

We greatly welcoming input and suggestions on the best methods for this before 5th March. Is there any previous literature or examples  of any studies  done before in this area? If so, please let us know. Please contact Jianhua for any information needed on this.
Best wishes,

Dr Suchith Anand
Centre for Geospatial Science
The Nottingham Geospatial Building
University of Nottingham  NG7 2 TU
Tel: (0)115 82 32750

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