(FSDL) Community: Books, articles and podcasts

This topic is for posting great resources about Open Source Communities.

Tip: While it is easiest to drop Amazon Bookstore or Amazon Goodreads links to books, take a bit more time to find the original publisher or author’s webpage featuring the book. Help the small shops.

Kicking off with a great book + podcast I found via Doug Belshaw:

Book Working in Public: The Making and Maintenance of Open Source Software

By Nadia Eghbal, Stripe Press, 256 pages

Over the last 20 years, open source software has undergone a significant shift—from providing an optimistic model for public collaboration to undergoing constant maintenance by the often unseen solo operators who write and publish the code that millions of users rely on every day. In Working in Public, Nadia Eghbal takes an inside look at modern open source software development, its evolution over the last two decades, and its ramifications for an internet reorienting itself around individual creators. By delineating the structure of open source projects, she explores, for the first time, the maintenance costs of production that software incurs for its developers. Drawing on hundreds of developer interviews and analyses of platforms like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Twitch, and YouTube, Eghbal argues that examining who produces things on the internet, and not just what they produce, helps us understand the value of online content today.

The author is interviewed in this podcast:

Podcast Learning from Open Source Communities

Episode Summary

While “community” is a common buzzword in everything from web3 to SaaS, community has long played a key role in the modern open source movement. Author Nadia Asparouhova joins to talk about her book, Working in Public: The Making and Maintenance of Open Source Software, from Stripe Press.

Episode Notes

What can we learn from the evolution of open source communities and how might they be applied to online communities and the creator economy today? Author Nadia Asparouhova joins host Sonal Choksi to talk about Asparouhova’s book, Working in Public: The Making and Maintenance of Open Source Software, from Stripe Press.

They start with a a taxonomy for communities, and then dig into how open source has changed over time, which learnings from open source do and don’t apply to new communities online, how communities intersect with the growing desire for more “high-shared context” groups and spaces (including even podcasts and newsletters), and more.