Developing an h-index for OSS developers

A. Capiluppi, A. Serebrenik, A, Youssef

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    The public data available in Open Source Software (OSS) repositories has been used for many practical reasons: detecting community structures; identifying key roles among developers; understanding software quality; predicting the arousal of bugs in large OSS systems, and so on; but also to formulate and validate new metrics and proof-of-concepts on general, non-OSS specific, software engineering aspects. One of the results that has not emerged yet from the analysis of OSS repositories is how to help the "career advancement" of developers: given the available data on products and processes used in OSS development, it should be possible to produce measurements to identify and describe a developer, that could be used externally as a measure of recognition and experience. This paper builds on top of the h-index, used in academic contexts, and which is used to determine the recognition of a researcher among her peers. By creating similar indices for OSS (or any) developers, this work could help defining a baseline for measuring and comparing the contributions of OSS developers in an objective, open and reproducible way.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 9th Working Conference on Mining Software Repositories (MSR 2012, Zurich, Switzerland, June 2-3, 2012)
    EditorsM. Lanza, M. Di Penta, T. Xie
    PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
    ISBN (Print)978-1-4673-1761-0
    Publication statusPublished - 2012
    Event9th Working Conference on Mining Software Repositories (MSR 2012) - University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
    Duration: 2 Jun 20123 Jun 2012


    Conference9th Working Conference on Mining Software Repositories (MSR 2012)
    Abbreviated titleMSR 2012
    OtherConference co-located with the 34th International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE 2012)
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