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madiba81
April 8th, 2010, 10:50 PM
Hi there!


My name is Maciej and I study Global Studies at Gothenburg University, Sweden. Currently I'm preparing to write my master thesis in which I want to investigate free and open source software community using global civil society's theories. Therefore I would like to ask the FOSS community members, both developers and users, to help me with my research. Your motivations of using this kind of software is the key to my study.


I would like to create few virtual focus groups in which motivations of using FOSS would be discussed by the interviewees. The place would be Google groups (I hope not too many people will object using this platform, but this is the easiest way to conduct a survey...). Whole discussion will be carried out in English. Well, I'm Polish myself so if I find enough Poles willing to take a part in the group interview one of the groups may include Polish speakers only. Although everybody who declares using FOSS can join the research, the focus groups in this study will be closed for public. The survey will consist of asynchronous communication over a 2-3 weeks period and will start as soon as I get enough people hopefully in 5-15 days time.


If you are interested please contact me to my e mail m.piosik(at)gmail.com
Few sentences about yourself would be appreciated:) I expect my master thesis to be done in September 2010 and the findings will be available to all interested people. Also, I promise to preserve anonymity of anybody taking part in the interview if such a person wishes so.


Please note that you don't need to create a Google account in order to use Google groups you can use your current e mail address. All instructions will be given.


Needless to say that the software on my computer is almost all free and open source.


Thank you for your help and I hope we will have fun in the discussion!

BramWillemsen
April 8th, 2010, 11:05 PM
Hey, just a random question.

What kind of things are expected from the participants? (don't really know how to interpret a virtual focus group) And how much time do you estimate it will take in total?

madiba81
April 9th, 2010, 09:14 AM
Hey, just a random question.

What kind of things are expected from the participants? (don't really know how to interpret a virtual focus group) And how much time do you estimate it will take in total?

I will give topic and post a question about free and open source software (all related to motivations of using this kind of software) to the group (5-8 people) and expect them to have discussion on it. Ideally would be people could login 2-3 times per day to see what's going on there and post some comments. it will last 2-3 weeks.

Is that what you asked for?

Странник
April 9th, 2010, 10:21 AM
I am seriously considering joining this :)

madiba81
April 9th, 2010, 08:17 PM
I am seriously considering joining this :)

If you make up your mind please send me a confirmation e mail. Thank you:)