The Building Open Source Communities (OSCOMM) research project argues that even though the number of open source software is remarkable, it is still far from obvious how to start and run a successful open source project. One can find only very general guidelines for that. The project studies this issue more deeply by taking into consideration the characteristics of the projects and their target communities, for instance. The goal is to gain understanding of open source community building through a number of case studies. The plan is to release a number of academic and industrial software applications as open source.

The objective is to create developer (and user) communities around the released applications. The project takes into consideration the community, infrastructure, legality, marketing, software, and process perspectives.

The project industrial partners are Nokia, IT Mill, Gurux, and Sesca Mobile.
OSCOMM project