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The Many Meanings of Open Source
January/February 2004 (vol. 21 no. 1)
pp. 34-40
Cristina Gacek, University of Newcastle upon Tyne
Budi Arief, University of Newcastle upon Tyne

Many software development methodologies are called "open source." However simply stating that a project is open source doesn?t precisely describe the approach used to support the project. A multidisciplinary viewpoint can help determine those characteristics that are common to open source projects and those that vary among projects. These characteristics form the basis for a taxonomy of open source projects that?s useful for analyzing and setting up projects. They also provide a starting point for understanding what "open source" means.

Index Terms:
open source, software project characteristics, interdisciplinary study
Citation:
Cristina Gacek, Budi Arief, "The Many Meanings of Open Source," IEEE Software, vol. 21, no. 1, pp. 34-40, Jan.-Feb. 2004, doi:10.1109/MS.2004.1259206
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