Write a Blog >>
ICSE 2021
Mon 17 May - Sat 5 June 2021

Open Source Software (OSS) has changed drastically over the last decade, with OSS projects now producing a large ecosystem of popular products, involving industry participation, and providing professional career opportunities. But our field’s understanding of what motivates people to contribute to OSS is still fundamentally grounded in studies from the early 2000s. With the changed landscape of OSS, it is very likely that motivations to join OSS have also evolved. Through a survey of 242 OSS contributors, we investigate shifts in motivation from three perspectives: (1) the impact of the new OSS landscape, (2) the impact of individuals’ personal growth as they become part of OSS communities, and (3) the impact of differences in individuals’ demographics. Our results show that some motivations related to social aspects and reputation increased in frequency and that some intrinsic and internalized motivations, such as learning and intellectual stimulation, are still highly relevant. We also found that contributing to OSS often transforms extrinsic motivations to intrinsic, and that while experienced contributors often shift toward altruism, novices often shift toward career, fun, kinship, and learning. OSS projects can leverage our results to revisit current strategies to attract and retain contributors, and researchers and tool builders can better support the design of new studies and tools to engage and support OSS development.

Conference Day
Tue 25 May

Displayed time zone: Amsterdam, Berlin, Bern, Rome, Stockholm, Vienna change

19:35 - 20:55
1.5.4. Open Source: Participants' MotivationsTechnical Track / Journal-First Papers at Blended Sessions Room 4 +12h
Chair(s): Gregorio RoblesUniversidad Rey Juan Carlos
19:35
20m
Paper
Leaving My Fingerprints: Motivations and Challenges of Contributing to OSS for Social GoodTechnical Track
Technical Track
Yu HuangUniversity of Michigan, Denae FordMicrosoft Research, Thomas ZimmermannMicrosoft Research
Pre-print Media Attached
19:55
20m
Paper
Studying the Association between Bountysource Bounties and the Issue-addressing Likelihood of GitHub Issue ReportsJournal-First
Journal-First Papers
Jiayuan ZhouCentre for Software Excellence, Huawei, Canada, Shaowei WangUniversity of Manitoba, Cor-Paul BezemerUniversity of Alberta, Ying ZouQueen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Ahmed E. HassanSchool of Computing, Queen's University
Pre-print
20:15
20m
Paper
Onboarding vs. Diversity, Productivity and Quality -- Empirical Study of the OpenStack EcosystemArtifact ReusableTechnical TrackArtifact Available
Technical Track
Armstrong FoundjemQueens University, Ellis E. EghanPolytechnique Montreal, Bram AdamsQueens University
Link to publication Pre-print Media Attached
20:35
20m
Paper
The Shifting Sands of Motivation: Revisiting What Drives Contributors in Open SourceTechnical Track
Technical Track
Marco GerosaNorthern Arizona University, USA, Igor Scaliante WieseFederal University of Technology – Paraná - UTFPR, Bianca TrinkenreichNorthern of Arizona Univeristy, Georg LinkBitergia, Gregorio RoblesUniversidad Rey Juan Carlos, Christoph TreudeUniversity of Adelaide, Igor SteinmacherFederal University of Technology - Paraná / Northern Arizona University, Anita SarmaOregon State University
Pre-print Media Attached

Conference Day
Wed 26 May

Displayed time zone: Amsterdam, Berlin, Bern, Rome, Stockholm, Vienna change

07:35 - 08:55
1.5.4. Open Source: Participants' MotivationsTechnical Track / Journal-First Papers at Blended Sessions Room 4
07:35
20m
Paper
Leaving My Fingerprints: Motivations and Challenges of Contributing to OSS for Social GoodTechnical Track
Technical Track
Yu HuangUniversity of Michigan, Denae FordMicrosoft Research, Thomas ZimmermannMicrosoft Research
Pre-print Media Attached
07:55
20m
Paper
Studying the Association between Bountysource Bounties and the Issue-addressing Likelihood of GitHub Issue ReportsJournal-First
Journal-First Papers
Jiayuan ZhouCentre for Software Excellence, Huawei, Canada, Shaowei WangUniversity of Manitoba, Cor-Paul BezemerUniversity of Alberta, Ying ZouQueen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Ahmed E. HassanSchool of Computing, Queen's University
Pre-print
08:15
20m
Paper
Onboarding vs. Diversity, Productivity and Quality -- Empirical Study of the OpenStack EcosystemArtifact ReusableTechnical TrackArtifact Available
Technical Track
Armstrong FoundjemQueens University, Ellis E. EghanPolytechnique Montreal, Bram AdamsQueens University
Link to publication Pre-print Media Attached
08:35
20m
Paper
The Shifting Sands of Motivation: Revisiting What Drives Contributors in Open SourceTechnical Track
Technical Track
Marco GerosaNorthern Arizona University, USA, Igor Scaliante WieseFederal University of Technology – Paraná - UTFPR, Bianca TrinkenreichNorthern of Arizona Univeristy, Georg LinkBitergia, Gregorio RoblesUniversidad Rey Juan Carlos, Christoph TreudeUniversity of Adelaide, Igor SteinmacherFederal University of Technology - Paraná / Northern Arizona University, Anita SarmaOregon State University
Pre-print Media Attached