Study of different factors leading to the choice of Developers and Users to participate in major Open Source Library Software (OSLS) with special emphasis on gender differences

Sanghamitra Jana Chatterjee , Supratim Chatterjee & Uma Kanjilal

It is almost obvious that the Open Source Library Software (OSLS) is the future for the modern libraries. While many researchers attempt to understand the process and structure of the available OSLS, their development, impact and management, few found a gender composition in participation of the development process and during their implementation worth studying. This study observed, highlighted and compared the patterns of women’s and men’s participation in the OSLS project development process with reference to proprietary software. This paper would study select factors leading to the choice of Developers to participate in these major OSLS development projects and Registered Users in implementing these OSLS projects in their respective sites, with special emphasis on gender differences. To find out gender participation in development and implementation of OSLS projects with select OSLS viz. DSpace, E Prints, Evergreen, Greenstone Digital Library Software, Koha, NewGenLib and OpenBiblio, the methodology involved analytical as well as theoretical study. The dataset involved both secondary and primary level of data. An online database has been developed for primary data collection. There is a difference between male and female participation in the given set. This study also has significant practical implications. Specifically, OSLS exponent should be aware of the differential effects of gender dimension in terms of choice to participate in the development process and implementation of open source software..

General Terms: Free Open Source Software;

Open Source Library Software, Library Software

Keywords: Open Source Library Software, Libraries, Gender Dimension