Student Survey On Open Source Maturity Aims To Survey Companies About Their Adoption Of OSS

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  • The survey will not take more than 15 minutes and is completely voluntary and anonymous
  • It aims to see where companies are on a scale of maturity, ranging from no use to extensive management and governance of open source use

Tony Wasserman is a Professor of Software Management Practice at Carnegie Mellon University Silicon Valley. He is also the Executive Director of its Center for Open Source Investigation (COSI), focused on the evaluation and adoption of open source software. His team is interested to see the distribution of organizations among these different levels and also wants to find out whether there is a correlation between open organizations and their use of open source.

Two of his students have created a survey to gather some data on these topics. The link to undertake this survey is https://survey.opensourcetrends.com. It will not take more than 15 minutes and is completely voluntary and anonymous. One may sign up to receive a report on the results.

Adoption of open source software

Wasserman says, “The goal is to get responses from people who are working in organisations. The first question of the survey is designed to screen out people who don’t fit the profile. We believe that both individual developers and their managers are aware of policies if any, that apply in their organisation about the use of open source software.

It aims to survey companies about their adoption of open source software and to see where they are on a scale of maturity, ranging from no use to extensive management and governance of open source use.

He adds, ” In the past decade, organisations have been creating formal groups – Open Source Project Offices – that oversee the policies and procedures that govern the use of open source software in their organization. Some of the corporate leaders of these companies have formed the ToDo Group, now a project within the Linux Foundation, to offer guidance to companies trying to create their own policies and procedures governing open source.”

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