June 8, 2004
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Open Source Successes and Challenges


Chair: Walt Scacchi

This panel will focus on industry successes and research challenges. A panel of experts will discuss their experience, insights, and opinions with the development of open source software systems that have been deployed in industrial or enterprise settings.


Dr. Pankaj K. Garg, Founder, Zee Source

Margaret Elliott, Research Specialist, UCI/ISR

Jason Robbins, Ph.D., UCI/ICS and formerly CollabNet, Inc.

Bio: Pankaj K. Garg is President of Zee Source (www.zeesource.net), a provider of software tools and services for large corporations that wish to adopt Open Source-like software development and collaboration practices. Previously, Dr. Garg was a Senior Scientist at Hewlett-Packard Company Labs in Palo Alto, California. He is an active researcher in the area of software engineering (process modeling, software engineering environments, and software performance engineering) and systems management. He was one of the early proponents of the use of hypertext technology for managing software engineering information. He has co-authored two books on Multithreaded Programming, and co-edited an IEEE collection of articles on Process-Centered Software Engineering Environments. Pankaj was part of the organizing committee for the 1st International Workshop on Software and Performance (WOSP), and has served as tutorial presenter and program committee member for several conferences, including the International Conferences on Software Engineering (ICSE). Pankaj has a Ph.D (1989) in Computer Science from University of Southern California, where he was an All-University Pre-doctoral Fellow. He is a member of the Association of Computing Machinery and the American Academy of Management.

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Bio: Margaret Elliott is a research specialist at the Institute for Software Research and the University of California, Irvine. She received her Ph.D. in Information and Computer Science in 2000 and joined ISR in 2001. Prior to entry into graduate school, she worked for 10 years in software development for consulting firms and aerospace engineering, and in research and development for aerospace engineering. Her research interests include open source software development, virtual organizations, computer-supported cooperative work, occupational communities, organizational culture, court technology, and failures of large-scale software systems. She is an active researcher with more than 25 papers.

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The Virtual Organizational Culture of a Free Software Development Community, Margaret Elliott, The 3rd Workshop on Open Source Software Engineering, 25th International Conference on Software Engineering, May 3, 2003, Portland, Oregon.

Free Software Developers as an Occupational Community: Resolving Conflicts and Fostering Collaboration, Margaret Elliott and Walt Scacchi, Proc. ACM Intern. Conf. Supporting Group Work, 21-30, Sanibel Island, FL, November 2003.

Mobilization of Software Developers: The Free Software Movement, Margaret Elliott and Walt Scacchi, revised version to appear in Information, Technology and People.

Free Software Development: Cooperation and Conflict in A Virtual Organizational Culture, Margaret Elliott and Walt Scacchi, revised version to appear in S. Koch (ed.), Free/Open Source Software Development, Idea Publishing, 2004.


Bio: Jason Robbins created ArgoUML as part of his Ph.D. research on the usability and adoption of software engieering tools. He founded the ArgoUML open source project and has been actively involved in its evolution.

Dr. Robbins received his Ph.D. in Software Engineering from UCI in 1999, an M.S. in Computer Science from UCI in 1995, and his B.S in Computer Science from University of California, Los Angeles in 1992. From 1999 until 2003, he played a key role in the development of CollabNet's SourceCast(tm) collaborative development environment. He is currently a Lecturer at the School of Information and Computer Science at the University of California, Irvine. His research interests include collaborative software development, software engineering environments, open source, design environments, end-user programming, and software reuse.

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