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A Study of Demand-Driven Documentation in Two Open Source Projects
Gothenburg Univ, Sweden.
Gothenburg Univ, Sweden.
Gothenburg Univ, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1173-5187
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Technology, Department of Computer Science. Linnaeus Univ, Vaxjo, Sweden..ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0835-823X
2015 (English)In: 2015 48th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS), 2015, 5271-5279 p.Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
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We investigate how demand-driven documentation is used by open source projects. Our study relies on questions and answers (i.e., demand-driven documentation) posted to Stack Overflow and focuses on two projects: Apache POI and Fennec (Firefox for Android). We find that the demand-driven documentation provided by respective community is of good quality and contributions are made within an acceptable amount of time. We conclude that demand-driven documentation can be suitable as a primary information source if other resources accompany it, e.g., websites. However, the suitability is closely related to size and activity of the project's community. We also investigate whether the type of project (e.g., API, application, product, etc.) matters, and find that given the nature of a forum, projects where the intended users are developers have larger and more active communities and are thus better suited for demand-driven documentation.

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2015. 5271-5279 p.
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Proceedings of the Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, ISSN 1060-3425
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Information Systems
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Computer and Information Sciences Computer Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-49297DOI: 10.1109/HICSS.2015.621ISI: 000366264105051ISBN: 978-1-4799-7367-5 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-49297DiVA: diva2:897582
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48th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS), JAN 05-08, 2015, Kauai, HI
Available from: 2016-01-26 Created: 2016-01-26 Last updated: 2016-05-03Bibliographically approved

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