Overview of the FLOSS project

This project remedies the lack of information on Free/Libre/Open Source Software [1] starting at the very beginning: by conducting surveys to generate a unique base of primary data on Free/Open Source Software usage and development; identifying indicators to measure value creation and dissemination in the OS/FS arena; identifying business models based on these indicators; identifying the impact of and recommending changes in government policy and regulatory environments with regards to OS/FS; finally, the development of a base for extending these to the broader economic measurement of non-monetary and trans-monetary activity in the information society, beyond the domain of OS/FS.

The specific features of this project are:

The collation of a base of hard data (until now no such data exist) on the importance and role of OS/F software in today's economies and an impact assessment for policy and decision-making.

The development of indicators for the measurement of value creation within the OS/F software communities, especially in order to identify the distribution patterns of contribution within OS/F software communities and projects .

The measurement of contributions and identification of dependence on such contributions as are provided by user organisations OS/F software, including government/international institutions, on the developer community and on project development at large.

The evaluation and identification of business models and best practices in the OS/F software community, especially the transition to and from commercial software operations.


This document forms the final report for the FLOSS project. It is by no means a complete compendium of all the output of the project. The databases and source code resulting from this project are published as separate deliverables. Furthermore, various aspects of the project have been published in separate documents, the final versions of some of them being included in this final report. As a guide to the entire output of the FLOSS project, the list of publicly available deliverables is provided here, together with a Pert diagram showing their interdependencies.

List of Deliverables


Deliverable title


D 1

Indicator definitions - working paper


D 2

Survey methodology & implementation plan


D 3

Indicator definitions/assessment - final


D 4a

Developer survey - database format


D 4c

User survey - database format


D 5a/b

Survey findings/effectiveness - summary


D 6

Data from source code analysis


D 7

Analysis methodology/findings - summary


D 8

Software tools developed for analysis


D 9

Software analysis findings final paper


D 10

User-level analysis - working paper


D 11

Developer-level analysis - working paper


D 12

OS/FS best practices - working paper


D 13

OS/FS Best practices and user-developer interaction - final paper


D 14

OS/FS and policy impact - working paper


D 15

OS/FS and policy impact - final paper


D 16

Implementation of project web-site


D 17

Interim report


D 18

Final report/book (this document)


Publication date

Year of publication


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