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ICSE 2020
Wed 24 June - Thu 16 July 2020
Thu 9 Jul 2020 01:33 - 01:45 at Silla - P18-Open Source Systems Chair(s): John Grundy

Open source is ubiquitous and critical infrastructure, yet funding and sustaining it is challenging. While there are many different funding models for open-source donations and concerted efforts through foundations, donation platforms like Paypal, Patreon, or OpenCollective are popular and low-bar forms to raise funds for open-source development, for which GitHub recently even built explicit support. With a mixed-method study, we explore the emerging and largely unexplored phenomenon of donations in open source: We quantify how commonly open-source projects ask for donations, statistically model characteristics of projects that ask for and receive donations, analyze for what the requested funds are needed and used, and assess whether the received donations achieve the intended outcomes. We find 25,885 projects asking for donations on GitHub, often to support engineering activities; however, we also find no clear evidence that donations influence the activity level of a project. In fact, we find that donations are used in a multitude of ways, raising new research questions about effective funding.

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01:05 - 02:05: Paper Presentations - P18-Open Source Systems at Silla
Chair(s): John GrundyMonash University
icse-2020-Journal-First01:05 - 01:13
Yuxia ZhangPeking University, Minghui ZhouPeking University, Audris MockusUniversity of Tennessee - Knoxville, Zhi JinPeking University
icse-2020-Journal-First01:13 - 01:21
Pavneet Singh KochharMicrosoft, Eirini KalliamvakouUniversity of Victoria, Nachiappan NagappanMicrosoft Research, Thomas ZimmermannMicrosoft Research, Christian BirdMicrosoft Research
Pre-print Media Attached
icse-2020-papers01:21 - 01:33
Yuxia ZhangPeking University, Minghui ZhouPeking University, Klaas-Jan StolUniversity College Cork and Lero, Ireland, Jianyu WuPeking University, Zhi JinPeking University
icse-2020-papers01:33 - 01:45
Cassandra OverneyOlin College of Engineering, Jens MeinickeCarnegie Mellon University, Christian KästnerCarnegie Mellon University, Bogdan VasilescuCarnegie Mellon University
icse-2020-papers01:45 - 01:57
Xin TanPeking University, Minghui ZhouPeking University, Brian FitzgeraldLero - The Irish Software Research Centre and University of Limerick