The construction of peers and artifacts: the organizing role of Programming Guidelines

Vincenzo D'Andrea, Stefano De Paoli, Maurizio Teli

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Abstract

In this paper, we study new organizational forms for production processes that emerge in large scale Free/Libre Open Source Software (FLOSS) projects. We will focus on the textual artifacts known as "Programming Guidelines" and on the rules and practices they contain. Our reflection is grounded in the practical activities of the people involved in the innovation processes. In particular, we take into account how in FLOSS to become a peer ("Peering") is an hybrid result of social dynamics and artifacts actions. We will show how Programming Guidelines participate in building boundaries around the potential participants and in defining the legitimate form of participation in terms of coding practices. Our conclusions emerge from the analysis of two empirical cases: the operating systems OpenSolaris and the geographical information system GRASS.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 42nd Annual Hawai'i International Conference on System Sciences
Subtitle of host publication5-8 January 2009, Waikoloa, Big Island, Hawaii, abstracts and CD-ROM of full papers
EditorsRalph H. Sprague Jr.
Place of PublicationLos Alamitos
PublisherIEEE
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9780769534503
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 20 Jan 2009
Externally publishedYes
Event42nd Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences - Waikoloa, Big Island, United States
Duration: 5 Jan 20098 Jan 2009
Conference number: 42nd

Publication series

Name
PublisherIEEE
ISSN (Print)1530-1605

Conference

Conference42nd Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
Abbreviated titleHICSS '09
CountryUnited States
CityWaikoloa, Big Island
Period5/01/098/01/09

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    D'Andrea, V., De Paoli, S., & Teli, M. (2009). The construction of peers and artifacts: the organizing role of Programming Guidelines. In R. H. Sprague Jr. (Ed.), Proceedings of the 42nd Annual Hawai'i International Conference on System Sciences: 5-8 January 2009, Waikoloa, Big Island, Hawaii, abstracts and CD-ROM of full papers IEEE . https://doi.org/10.1109/HICSS.2009.422