A research team including Charlie Schweik and Brenda Bushouse of the University of Massachusetts Amherst has been awarded $3.4 million in grants from the National Science Foundation’s Growing Convergence Research program for their project, “Jumpstarting Successful Open-Source Software Projects with Evidence-based Rules and Structures.”
Schweik, professor of public policy and environmental conservation, and Bushouse, associate professor of political science and public policy, will work in collaboration with Vladimir Filkov and Seth Frey of the University of California Davis to discern the socio-technical structural and governance conditions under which internet-based open-source software (OSS) projects are most—and least—effective, and provide actionable knowledge to OSS developers and to the nonprofit organizations that support them. Read more about this important new research here.
This interdisciplinary research received an early boost from a pair of seed grants made by the Social Sciences and Environment Network, funded through ISSR and the School for Earth and Sustainability at UMass Amherst. Those 2017-18 grants supported Bushouse and Schweik in leveraging comuputational social science methods and to explore the norms and institutions governing environmental policy, which later led to an NSF-funded collaboration to build the Institutional Grammar Research Institute together with their partners at UC Davis, Syracuse, University of Colorado Denver and the University of Arizona.