Open source under the microscope. CNET has an interesting but short interview with Walt Scacchi of UC Irvine whose research into “phenomena like “community building” and cultural institutions alongside drier subjects like code and project design.” Sacchi's plan is to “use the data to design new development tools for big, multiorganization projects.”
CNET notes that Sancchi's “research has shown [. . .] that that the open-source approach can yield better software more quickly and for less money than traditional methods” even if a number of open source projects fail to get started. [Kairosnews – A Weblog for Discussing Rhetoric, Technology and Pedagogy]
there are tons of interesting topics relating to open source software that are just waiting for someone to do research on, and scacchi's project is but one set of topics, but it is an interesting and worthwhile one to read and consider, and to some extent even critique… should that be appropriate.