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From Sharan <>
Subject Re: Research on volunteer retention
Date Thu, 15 Nov 2018 21:03:37 GMT
Hi Isabel

Thanks for the links - these are very useful for me. (For those who 
don't know - for the last year or so, I've been doing an MBA and have  
tried to focus my assignments around the ASF). I've recently drafted my 
Business Project using data from Kibble to create a cultural model for 
the ASF based data from Httpd (the original source of ASF culture). One 
of the Kibble indicators is around volunteer retention - so maybe we can 
do some comparison or at least see if we are aligned in measure or 
approach. Anyway it's by no means an official academic paper as such, 
but I'd be happy to share what I've done (probably once I've got my 
grade :-)

I think I saw that Myrle was also doing some academic writing around 
Leadership at the ASF, so perhaps we could look at some way of creating 
a way for this sort of writing / articles to be published somewhere.


On 12. 11. 18 16:55, Isabel Drost-Fromm wrote:
> Hi,
> a couple days ago someone recommended I read the following two papers:
> "Who Will Stay in the FLOSS Community? Modeling Participant’s Initial
> Behavior"
> ... essentially an analysis of which intrinsic factors, as well as which
> project global and contributor local factors play a role in turning an
> early contributor into a long term project member.
> "Uncovering the Periphery: A Qualitative Survey of Episodic Volunteering in
> Free/Libre and Open Source Software Communities"
> ... an analysis of the phenomenon of contributors who work on the periphery
> of a project, e.g. as volunteers that come and go, that work when they get
> the time to do so, that participate at a lower rate than their full-time
> peers.
>  From time to time I get the question of how to best recruit new
> contributors. Reading (well, more skimming than actually diving deep enough
> to do a thorough scientific review of them) those two papers made me aware
> of some factors that I found work well in the past backed with actual
> experiments and analysis.
> Hope someone on this list finds those as interesting,
> Isabel

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