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Free/Libre and Open Source Software: Survey and Study


International Institute of Infonomics
University of Maastricht, The Netherlands

Berlecon Research GmbH
Berlin, Germany

June 2002

Final Report

  • Part 0: Executive Summary Overview of the FLOSS project pdf | html
  • Part I: Use of Open Source Software in Firms and Public Institutions pdf
  • Part II: Firms Open Source Activities: Motivations and Policy Implications pdf
  • Part II B: Open Source Software in the Public Sector: Policy within the European Union pdf | html
  • Part III: Basics of Open Source Software Markets and Business Models pdf
  • Part IV: Survey of Developers pdf | html
  • Part IVa: Survey of Developers - Annexure on validation and methodology pdf | html
  • Part V: Source Code Survey pdf | html
  • Survey of Developers: Raw data and further information/comments html

See also: Proceedings from the FLOSS closing workshop

Overview of the FLOSS project
This project remedies the lack of information on Free/Libre/Open Source Software (1) starting at the very beginning: by conducting surveys to generate a unique base of primary data on Free/Open Source Software usage and development; identifying indicators to measure value creation and dissemination in the OS/FS arena; identifying business models based on these indicators; identifying the impact of and recommending changes in government policy and regulatory environments with regards to OS/FS; finally, the development of a base for extending these to the broader economic measurement of non-monetary and trans-monetary activity in the information society, beyond the domain of OS/FS.

The specific features of this project are:

  1. The collation of a base of hard data (until now no such data exist) on the importance and role of OS/F software in today s economies and an impact assessment for policy and decision-making.
  2. The development of indicators for the measurement of value creation within the OS/F software communities, especially in order to identify the distribution patterns of contribution within OS/F software communities and projects.
  3. The measurement of contributions and identification of dependence on such contributions as are provided by user organisations OS/F software, including government/international institutions, on the developer community and on project development at large.
  4. The evaluation and identification of business models and best practices in the OS/F software community, especially the transition to and from commercial software operations.
(1) Throughout this report and project documents the terms Free Software and Open Source Software are used interchangeably, except where a specific distinction between the terms is explicitly made.

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