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From "Alex Karasulu" <>
Subject Re: [Request] A Interview Request from Syracuse University OSS Research Group
Date Wed, 25 Apr 2007 17:51:37 GMT
Hi Qing,

First thanks for being brave and posting to the ML.  I'm all for the study
and will work with you and Yeliz both to facilitate the research.  I'm sure
many others will also participate both at AC EU and via any medium you like.

Just let us know what you need when and we'll accommodate.


On 4/24/07, 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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