Exploring motivations for contributing to open source initiatives: The roles of contribution context and personal values

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Exploring motivations for contributing to open source initiatives: The roles of contribution context and personal values is a 2008 publication written in English by Shaul Oreg, Oded Nov and published in Computers in Human Behavior.

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We explore contextual and dispositional correlates of the motivation to contribute to open source initiatives. We examine how the context of the open source project, and the personal values of contributors, are related to the types of motivations for contributing. A web-based survey was administered to 300 contributors in two prominent open source contexts: software and content. As hypothesized, software contributors placed a greater emphasis on reputation-gaining and self-development motivations, compared with content contributors, who placed a greater emphasis on altruistic motives. Furthermore, the hypothesized relationships were found between contributors' personal values and their motivations for contributing.

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