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A grounded theory of Community Package Maintenance Organizations-Registered Report


a) Context: In many programming language ecosystems, developers rely more and more on external open source dependencies, made available through package managers. Key ecosystem packages that go unmaintained create a health risk for the projects that depend on them and for the ecosystem as a whole. Therefore, community initiatives can emerge to alleviate the problem by adopting packages in need of maintenance. b) Objective: The goal of our study is to explore such community initiatives, that we will designate from now on as Community Package Maintenance Organizations (CPMOs) and to build a theory of how and why they emerge, how they function and their impact on the surrounding ecosystems. c) Method: To achieve this, we plan on using a qualitative methodology called Grounded Theory. We have begun applying this methodology, by relying on "extant" documents originating from several CPMOs. We present our preliminary results and the research questions that have emerged. We plan to answer these questions by collecting appropriate data (theoretical sampling), in particular by contacting CPMO participants and questioning them by e-mails, questionnaires or semi-structured interviews. d) Impact: Our theory should inform developers willing to launch a CPMO in their own ecosystem and help current CPMO participants to better understand the state of the practice and what they could do better.
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hal-03320556 , version 1 (16-08-2021)



Théo Zimmermann, Jean-Rémy Falleri. A grounded theory of Community Package Maintenance Organizations-Registered Report. ICSME 2021 - 37th International Conference on Software Maintenance and Evolution, Sep 2021, Luxembourg City / Virtual, Luxembourg. ⟨hal-03320556⟩
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