We are looking for participants to help us with a study on the sustainability of free and open source software, ‘Mapping the co-production of digital infrastructure by peer projects and firms’, which is funded by a Sloan and Ford Foundations grant.
We are trying to learn about how commercial firm engagement with F/OSS, for example in the form of paying developers to develop F/OSS, impacts volunteer projects such as PyTorch.
Our quantitative survey of GitHub shows that PyTorch is one of the top recipients of commits by people with a professional email address (eg @microsoft.com), which is why we are reaching out to members of the PyTorch community.
Participation in the survey requires about five minutes of your time (there are only seven questions). If you are involved in PyTorch as a developer, maintainer or contributor, please follow the link below to answer our questions:
The research team: Mathieu O’Neil, University of Canberra; Xiaolan Cai, University of Canberra; Laure Muselli, Telecom Paris; Mahin Raissi, University of Canberra; Stefano Zacchiroli, Universite Paris Diderot / INRIA & former Debian Project Leader
Duration: The survey will run for 2 weeks, from November 25 to December 9 2019.
More information? Please visit our project webpage: https://www.canberra.edu.au/research/faculty-research-centres/nmrc/research/mapping-the-co-production-of-digital-infrastructure-by-peer-projects-and-firms
Any questions? Email: mathieu[dot]oneil[at]canberra[dot]edu[dot]au
This research has been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee at the University of Canberra (Project no. 1865).