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Background: Projects of all sizes and impact are leveraging the services of the social coding platform GitHub to collaborate. Since users' information and actions are recorded, GitHub has been mined for over 6 years now to investigate aspects of the collaborative open source software (OSS) development paradigm. Aim: In this research, we use this data to investigate the relation between project growth as a proxy for success, and social diversity. Method: We first categorize active OSS projects into a five-star rating using a benchmarking system we based on various project growth metrics; then we study the relation between this rating and the reported social diversities for the team members of those projects. Results: Our findings highlight a statistically significant relation; however, the effect is small. Conclusions: Our findings suggest the need for further research on this topic; moreover, the proposed benchmarking method may be used in future work to determine OSS project success on collaboration platforms such as GitHub.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication10th ACM/IEEE International Symposium on Empirical Software Engineering and Measurement, ESEM 2016
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Volume08-09-September-2016
ISBN (Electronic)9781450344272
DOIs
StatePublished - 8 Sep 2016
Event10th ACM/IEEE International Symposium on Empirical Software Engineering and Measurement, ESEM 2016 - Ciudad Real, Spain

Conference

Conference10th ACM/IEEE International Symposium on Empirical Software Engineering and Measurement, ESEM 2016
CountrySpain
CityCiudad Real
Period8/09/169/09/16

    Research areas

  • GitHub, social diversity, software project growth

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