by Paula Bach on June 30, 2008 12:14pm


I would like to invite CodePlex developers to participate in research. If you have been reading my blog posts here on Port25, then you will know that I have been investigating how to integrate usability into open source software development. Now I am seeking research volunteers. 

I am looking for developers who are working on projects hosted on CodePlex. The projects could be in the planning stage, alpha, beta, or stable. As a volunteer, you would be asked questions about your activities performed on CodePlex. The interview should not take longer than 60-90 minutes.

Data from the research will be used to help design support for usability on CodePlex and analyzed as part of my dissertation at the College of Information Sciences and Technology at Penn State University. I work with Dr. John M. Carroll at Penn State and Rob DeLine at Microsoft Research. One part of the study data collected from CodePlex users will inform the design of new usability support features. The other part of the study is to understand how developers work on open source projects. This research has been approved by The Pennsylvania State University Institutional Research Board, IRB #27804. As such, data will be used for the above research purposes only.

If you would like to participate, (participation is voluntary) or have any questions, please email codeplexresearch@live.com.