(If this looks familiar, it’s because it’s the exact same note I sent to the Fedora announce list. Apologies if it’s a bit spammy, but it’s important.)
As some of you may know, professors at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University have been conducting a study of Fedora, and have put together an online survey based on interviews they conducted with several dozen folks from the community.
We are now in the midst of our FINAL PUSH to get as many responses as we can. This week is the LAST WEEK for collecting survey data. If you’ve been waiting around, wait no more: this is your last, best chance to help. 🙂
You can access the survey here:
Their research goal is to focus more deeply on three primary themes that emerged from over 20 interviews they conducted with participants in the Fedora Project:
- Values that are relevant to participants (e.g., to what extent is ‘Open Source’ a relevant value across the Fedora Project?),
- Activities that participants engage in to help sustain the community (e.g., to what extent is ‘testing’ a collaborative activity across the Fedora Project?), and
- Tools participants use for communication or workflow (e.g., to what extent is ‘Planet’ or ‘Koji’ used across the Fedora Project?).
The findings of this research will go a long way to helping us better understand what makes the Fedora community tick. I think it is a hallmark of our success as a community that academics are starting to study in detail the ins-and-outs of how our community works.
Please respond as soon as possible — should take about 15 minutes of your time. If you have any comments or concerns, please feel free to email me.
Thanks again for taking the time to answer these questions.