Wednesday, 18 January 2006

Finnish FOSS survey on contributions to MySQL

Niklas Vainio, researcher at the Hypermedia Laboratory of the University of Tampere in my native Finland, is doing a survey on free/open source software (FOSS) communities. He would like MySQL contributors, including developers, bug fixers, documentation writers, testers, packagers and coordinators, paid or not, to participate in the survey at http://hiisi.fi/survey/mysql.

The survey has six pages and a total of 63 questions. It brings up a lot of interesting questions.

Niklas hopes the survey will increase our joint understanding of the structure of FOSS communities and company participation in FOSS. The research is part of the project Managing Open Source Software as an Integrated Part of Business (http://coss.fi/ossi/). The results of the survey will be available publicly later this year.

Besides answering the survey, you may wish to contact the researcher himself at niklas.vainio@uta.fi with any questions or comments. His blog is at http://hiisi.fi/blog/.

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