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From Ole Ersoy <>
Subject Re: [Request] A Interview Request from Syracuse University OSS Research Group
Date Wed, 25 Apr 2007 14:06:04 GMT

Do you have some idea of what you are trying to
find?  Hypothesis?

One thing that you might want to consider is just
asking questions on the directory developer
or user group.  I'm assuming we are all
ok with this.  I think you'll get more meaningful
peer reviewed responses, and you'll get to witness
community dynamics in action :-)

- Ole

Qing Li wrote:
> Dear Directory developers,
> We are Free/Libre Open Source Software (FLOSS) research group in 
> Syracuse University, USA. (Please see our website: 
> ). I know most of you don?t know us, but we are actually ?part of 
> Directory community? now (Quoted from Alex :- )) Last year, we had a 
> great time talking with some of Directory developers-- including Alex, 
> Emmanuel, Ersin, PAM--at ApacheCon Austin 2006. We're contacting you 
> know because we would like to do an in-depth interview with the 
> Directory developers.
> The main purpose of this interview is to examine the role of shared 
> mental models (shared understanding) in work practices, i.e., the way 
> people coordinate, communicate, learn and make decisions, and the way 
> such models emerge within Directory team. In particular, the interview 
> will be focused on five elements, namely the history of the project, the 
> project aspects considered as peculiar, the adopted work practices and 
> the way each team member perceives his/her role and the role played by 
> other members.
> We have already mentioned our research to Alex. He is very supportive of 
> it and asked us to post this request in the public developer list to 
> attract extensive participation. The whole interview will take about 
> 20-30 minutes and can be conducted by phone, Skype or face-to-face (for 
> the developers attending ApacheCon Europe in Amsterdam). The results 
> will be presented we hope at a future ApacheCon and in other academic 
> conferences. We will be very appreciative of your kindness if you are 
> willing to provide some time to attend our interview : -) . We?d like to 
> share any interesting findings with your team after conducting the 
> analysis.
> If you are interested in the research and willing to be interviewed, 
> please contact us: Qing Li ( and Yeliz Eseryel 
> ( We are very happy to provide more information for 
> you.
> Cheers ! To great Directory!
> FLOSS Research Group ( )
> April 23, 2007
> Syracuse University, USA

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