Motives for Participation in Open-Source Software Projects: A Survey among R Package Authors

Patrick Mair, Eva Hofmann, Kathrin Gruber, Reinhold Hatzinger, Achim Zeileis, Kurt Hornik

Publikation: Working/Discussion PaperWorking Paper/Preprint


One of the cornerstones of the R system for statistical computing is the
multitude of contributed packages making an extremely broad range of
statistical techniques and other quantitative methods freely available. This
study investigates which factors are the crucial determinants responsible for
the participation of the package authors in the R project. For this purpose a
survey was conducted among R package authors, collecting data on different
types of participation in the R project, three psychometric scales (hybrid
forms of motivation, work design characteristics, and values), as well as
various specie-demographic factors. These data are analyzed using item
response theory and generalized linear models, showing that the most important
determinants for participation are a hybrid form of motivation and the
knowledge characteristics of the work design. Other factors are found to have
less impact or influence only specific aspects of participation. (authors' abstract)
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - 2014

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