LinuxChix for researchers

This series of pages describes policies for using LinuxChix as a source of research subjects, or doing research on LinuxChix itself. Please read the complete policy before contacting LinuxChix about conducting research, or advertising for research subjects within LinuxChix.

You might also be interested in the Women in Open Source and Free Software bibliography that we maintain.

Policy rationale

The LinuxChix subscriber base has been used as a research source many times, with researchers seeking comment from our lists on all kinds of subjects. We ask that researchers make the effort to share their own results with us in return for using our responses for academic credit, publication or research.

Women in computing as a research field

The LinuxChix subscriber base has been used as a research source many times, with researchers seeking comment from our lists on all kinds of subjects. We ask that researchers make the effort to share their own results with us in return for using our responses for academic credit, publication or research.

Using LinuxChix members as research subjects

In order to ask LinuxChix lists about participating in a survey or study, we ask that you:

Studies that have used LinuxChix as subjects

Date Project Name Contact person Project description Study details Findings
April 2005 FLOSS (Free/Libre/Open Source Software) survey FLOSSPOLS In this two-part survey, once again supported by the European Union, we would like to find out, first, how learning is organised and perceived within the FLOSS community - by which we mean the universe of all those who participate in FLOSS-related activities, regardless of their beliefs or degree of activity. We also want to understand better the role/situation of women within this broad community. Participants are invited to take a survey at http://flosspols.org/survey/survey_part.php?groupid=sd FLOSSPOLS deliverables D16 and D17
April 2005 Research on open source team collaboration and team spirit Jesper Mazzen We are two students (night school, day time developers) struggling to gather
info on team collaboration and team spirit in open source projects. We are
going to use your answers for analysis, and compare it to "closed source"
development.
Q&A posted to the issues
list.
Not known
April 2004 Psychology dissertation Suzi Anvin Demographic questionaires Not known
October 2002 Case
studies of nonprofit organizations that use Linux for their office
network.
Reuben Silvers and Anders Schneiderman of The Nonprofit Open Source Initiative http://www.nosi.net/tco.shtml Survey was available at http://www.nosi.net/tco.shtml Not known
August 2002 Research on for-women e-community Jinzhou Huang The formation, structure, function, and social impact of
women-only electronic communities such as website and listserv.
I would like to invite users who are above the age of 18 to take a short survey. Not known