This project remedies the lack of information on Free/Libre/Open Source Software  starting at the very beginning: by conducting surveys to generate a unique base of primary data on Free/Open Source Software usage and development; identifying indicators to measure value creation and dissemination in the OS/FS arena; identifying business models based on these indicators; identifying the impact of and recommending changes in government policy and regulatory environments with regards to OS/FS; finally, the development of a base for extending these to the broader economic measurement of non-monetary and trans-monetary activity in the information society, beyond the domain of OS/FS.
The specific features of this project are:
The collation of a base of hard data (until now no such data exist) on the importance and role of OS/F software in today's economies and an impact assessment for policy and decision-making.
The development of indicators for the measurement of value creation within the OS/F software communities, especially in order to identify the distribution patterns of contribution within OS/F software communities and projects .
The measurement of contributions and identification of dependence on such contributions as are provided by user organisations OS/F software, including government/international institutions, on the developer community and on project development at large.
The evaluation and identification of business models and best practices in the OS/F software community, especially the transition to and from commercial software operations.
This document forms the final report for the FLOSS project. It is by no means a complete compendium of all the output of the project. The databases and source code resulting from this project are published as separate deliverables. Furthermore, various aspects of the project have been published in separate documents, the final versions of some of them being included in this final report. As a guide to the entire output of the FLOSS project, the list of publicly available deliverables is provided here, together with a Pert diagram showing their interdependencies.
List of Deliverables
Indicator definitions - working paper
Survey methodology & implementation plan
Indicator definitions/assessment - final
Developer survey - database format
User survey - database format
Survey findings/effectiveness - summary
Data from source code analysis
Analysis methodology/findings - summary
Software tools developed for analysis
Software analysis findings final paper
User-level analysis - working paper
Developer-level analysis - working paper
OS/FS best practices - working paper
OS/FS Best practices and user-developer interaction - final paper
OS/FS and policy impact - working paper
OS/FS and policy impact - final paper
Implementation of project web-site
Final report/book (this document)