Open source software development : some historical perspectives

A. Nuvolari

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Abstract

In this paper we suggest that historical studies of technology can help us to account for some, perplexing (at least for traditional economic reasoning) features of open source software development. When looked in historical perspective, open source software seems to be a particular case of what Robert Allen has termed "collective invention". We explore the interpretive value of this historical parallel in detail, comparing open source software with two remarkable episodes of nineteenth century technical advances.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationEindhoven
PublisherTechnische Universiteit Eindhoven
Number of pages32
Publication statusPublished - 2003

Publication series

NameECIS working paper series
Volume200301

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    Nuvolari, A. (2003). Open source software development : some historical perspectives. (ECIS working paper series; Vol. 200301). Technische Universiteit Eindhoven.