FLOSSCom Tools Survey

Date Submitted: March 26 2007 09:25 pm
The objective of this survey is to gain a better understanding on the functioning of FLOSS communities "at large" (developers as well as user) as virtual and informal learning environments.
The survey has a technical focus looking at the:

1. Communication tools used within FLOSS communities at large

2. Community building tools that are used within FLOSS communities at large


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survey !










INVITATION TO PARTICIPATE IN FLOSSCom TOOLS SURVEY








Dear Madam / Sir


The FLOSSCom project is aimed at identifying the factors that contribute to
successful knowledge construction in informal learning communities, such as
the Free/Libre Open Source Software (FLOSS) communities and to analyze the
effectiveness of FLOSS-like learning communities in a formal educational
setting.



Consequently the project is also investigating how members learn within the
open source software communities. One of the related questions, for which we
developed a
survey,
is to learn about the type of tools that are actually used by the members,
what they are used for and how they support them within the different
activities.


For this reason we would like to invite you to take part in this
survey
and to share your experience and knowledge with us!


In the case you would like to learn more about the FLOSSCom project, or to
become a
member

of its community and your are also encouraged to visit us at our
website !


FLOSSCom is a scientific project that is financed by the European Commission
and carried out by the Sociedade Portuguesa and several partners;
including the British Open University.


It serves exclusively the public research interest. The information you
provide will be kept strictly confidential, and nobody outside the FLOSSCom
research team will have access to personalised data. Moreover, all results we
publish will ensure that the identification of persons who have replied to the
questionnaires will be impossible.


If you are younger than 18 years, we would like to draw attention to the fact
that surveying of underage persons is a sensitive ethical issue. However, we
acknowledge that many members of the FLOSS community are quite young. If you
are underage, we would like to recommend that you carefully consider the
purpose of our survey, as stated in this letter, before filling it out.



If you have further questions or comments on this topic do not hesitate to
contact us.


With kind regards









Andreas Meiszner



(contact:
A.Meiszner@open.ac.uk )








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survey !








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support from the European Commission.




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