ESEIW 2022
Sun 18 - Fri 23 September 2022 Helsinki, Finland
Thu 22 Sep 2022 14:30 - 14:45 at Bysa - Session 2A - Open Source Software Chair(s): Gustavo Pinto

The role of non-coding contributors in Open Source Software (OSS) is poorly understood. Most of current research around OSS development focuses on the coding aspects of the project (e.g., commits, pull requests or code reviews) while ignoring the potential of other types of contributions. Often, due to the assumption that these other contributions are not significant in number and that, in any case, they are handled by the same people that are also part of the “coding team”. This paper aims to investigate whether this is actually the case by analyzing the frequency and diversity of non-coding contributions in OSS development. As a sample of projects for our study we have taken the 100 most popular projects in the ecosystem of NPM, a package manager for JavaScript. Our results validate the importance of dedicated non-coding contributors in OSS and the diversity of OSS communities as, typically, a contributor specializes in a specific subset of roles. We foresee that projects adopting explicit policies to attract and onboard them could see a positive impact in their long-term sustainability providing they also put in place the right governance strategies to facilitate the migration and collaboration among the different roles. As part of this work, we also provide a replicability package to facilitate further quantitative role-based analysis by other researchers.

Thu 22 Sep

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13:30 - 15:00
Session 2A - Open Source SoftwareESEM Journal-First Papers / ESEM Technical Papers at Bysa
Chair(s): Gustavo Pinto Federal University of Pará (UFPA) and Zup Innovation
How to Choose a Task? Mismatches in Perspectives of Newcomers and Existing Contributors
ESEM Technical Papers
Fabio Marcos De Abreu Santos Northern Arizona University, USA, Bianca Trinkenreich Northern of Arizona Univeristy, João Felipe Pimentel , Igor Scaliante Wiese Federal University of Technology – Paraná - UTFPR, Igor Steinmacher Northern Arizona University, USA, Anita Sarma Oregon State University, Marco Gerosa Northern Arizona University, USA
On the Relationship Between Story Points and Development Effort in Agile Open-Source Software
ESEM Technical Papers
Vali Tawosi University College London, Rebecca Moussa University College London, Federica Sarro University College London
Analyzing the Relationship between Community and Design Smells in Open-Source Software Projects: An Empirical Study
ESEM Technical Papers
Haris Mumtaz University of Auckland, Paramvir Singh The University of Auckland, Kelly Blincoe University of Auckland
On the analysis of non-coding roles in open source development
ESEM Journal-First Papers
Javier Luis Cánovas Izquierdo IN3 - UOC, Jordi Cabot Open University of Catalonia, Spain