FW: Exeter University - Open Source community survey

Peter Edwards peter at dragonstaff.com
Thu Jul 12 08:41:44 PDT 2007

Maybe of interest to any guinea pigs out there  :)

Cheers, Peter
Dragonstaff Limited  http://www.dragonstaff.com  Business IT Consultancy

-----Original Message-----
From: A.Rabinovich at exeter.ac.uk [mailto:A.Rabinovich at exeter.ac.uk] 
Sent: 12 July 2007 15:54
To: peterdragon at users.sourceforge.net
Subject: Exeter University - Open Source community survey

Dear Peter,

We are contacting you because of your contributions to the Open Source 
community. We are social psychologists from the University of Exeter 
studying the structure and functioning of the OS movement. We are 
interested in the movement not just from our personal perspectives, but as 
a social phenomenon. OS does not appear to make much sense economically. So 
why does it work?

We would like to invite you to participate in an online survey (OS-based) 
that will take you about 15 minutes to complete. The survey explores 
several potential reasons why the OS movement is such a success. Among 
others, it seeks your opinion about the "OS ideology." Recently there have 
been discussions on OS forums and blogs about this ideology: some people 
think that it is something that keeps the movement going, others believe 
that ideology is immaterial to OS success. We are interested in your 
opinion and in the role that ideology plays in the success of the OS 
We also ask your opinions about a range of other factors which might be 
involved. As social psychologists, we are interested to know what 
importance the OS movement members attach to this community and how this 
affects intentions to contribute towards projects.

We would be grateful if you could spare 15 minutes of your time to 
participate. The survey can be found here:

Please feel free to forward this link to other members of the OS community. 
If you have any questions or comments about the survey, we will be happy to 
answer them; please write to Prof. Tom Postmes (T.Postmes at ex.ac.uk) or Anna 
Rabinovich (a.rabinovich at ex.ac.uk).

 Yours sincerely,
Prof. Tom Postmes
Anna Rabinovich

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