Conference Proceedings

The Shifting Sands of Motivation: Revisiting What Drives Contributors in Open Source

Marco Gerosa, Igor Wiese, Bianca Trinkenreich, Georg Link, Gregorio Robles, Christoph Treude, Igor Steinmacher, Anita Sarma

2021 IEEE/ACM 43RD INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON SOFTWARE ENGINEERING (ICSE 2021) | IEEE COMPUTER SOC | Published : 2021

Abstract

Open Source Software (OSS) has changed drastically over the last decade, with OSS projects now producing a large ecosystem of popular products, involving industry participation, and providing professional career opportunities. But our field's understanding of what motivates people to contribute to OSS is still fundamentally grounded in studies from the early 2000s. With the changed landscape of OSS, it is very likely that motivations to join OSS have also evolved. Through a survey of 242 OSS contributors, we investigate shifts in motivation from three perspectives: (1) the impact of the new OSS landscape, (2) the impact of individuals' personal growth as they become part of OSS communities, ..

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Grants

Awarded by National Science Foundation


Awarded by CNPq


Awarded by Government of Spain through project "BugBirth"


Awarded by Australian Research Council's Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) funding scheme


Funding Acknowledgements

This work is partially supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant numbers 1815486,1815503,1900903, and 1901031, CNPq grant #313067/2020-1, the Government of Spain through project "BugBirth" (RTI2018-101963-B-100), and the Australian Research Council's Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) funding scheme (DE180100153). We also thank the Open Source contributors who spent their time answering our survey. We expect that the results benefit the OSS communities to help their growth and sustainability.