The rising tide: Open source’s steady transformation




open source projects, changing nature of work, social computing


Open source projects are transforming. Today, work within open source projects has come to be influenced by a growing set of companies and individuals who receive financial remuneration for their engagement. As such, there is a central focus on commoditization and commercialization of open source products, which drives a trend towards a concealment of the various inner workings that produce these products. Within this shift, the product becomes a central aim of open source project engagement, and the means of production becomes incidental. In this paper, we explore the HCI research and design implications of the transformation of open source projects as part of commercial work and how we can come to better understand and protect the rising tide of open source projects.

Author Biographies

Matt Germonprez, University of Nebraska at Omaha

Mutual of Omaha Associate Professor

College of Information Science & Technology

Jonathan Lipps

Founding Principal of Cloud Grey, LP.

Sean Goggins, University of Missouri

Associate Professor

Computer Science





How to Cite

Germonprez, M., Lipps, J., & Goggins, S. (2019). The rising tide: Open source’s steady transformation. First Monday, 24(8).