A Maintenance Metric Model for Open Source Governance

  • P. Ardimento
  • G. Bruno
  • D. Caivano
  • M. Cimitile


The adoption of Open Source in industrial applications has increased in the last years. In this context the need to provide answers to high levels of Maintenance arises. Therefore it is critical to select Open Sources components to be integrated in a software system according to their Maintenance characteristics. The work presents a Metric Model and its related Decision Model for OS Governance and in particular for selecting OSs according to their Maintenance Level. The Metric Model was obtained individuating some automatically calculable measures from a group of projects available on the Web. The measures were validated on several OSs used in industrial projects. The results are of interest and encourage future research.


Open Source Maintenance Activity Decision Table Open Source Project Maintenance Level 
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We would like to express our thanks to Prof. Giuseppe Visaggio for his contribution and suggestions during this work.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. Ardimento
    • 1
  • G. Bruno
    • 1
  • D. Caivano
    • 1
  • M. Cimitile
    • 1
  1. 1.Università di BariBariItaly

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