Some people I know very well from the Spanish free software community,
and which are now involved in university, have asked me to forward the
below announcement, to ask people to participate on a survey. It’s not
yet another survey, it is one in a series of projects from that university to study how free software works, which I think is interesting for GNOME. They have already done some GNOME studies, for
Find below the official announcement, I’d be grateful if you could do
Dear FLOSS developer,
MERIT at the University of Maastricht along with the University Rey Juan Carlos (Madrid) are studying how developers contribute code to Free /Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS) projects. This is an extension of our previous research projects such as flossproject.org, flosspols.org, flossworld.org, and libresoft.urjc.es.
In this study, we are looking for survey respondents like you, who contribute to at least one of a small number of projects that we have selected for the study.
Therefore, we would like to ask you to participate in a small survey and to fill in our questionnaire, which you will find online at
To fill in the survey takes not more than 10 minutes of your time.
Of course, all personal information will be kept strictly confidential, no personal information will be revealed to third parties, and the information obtained will be properly aggregated and anonymized so that no data about named individuals will be published. We also would like to point out that this study has only academic and no commercial purpose, and the resulting analysis will be freely available.
Rishab Ghosh ,MERIT (Board member, Open Source Initiative)
Ruediger Glott, MERIT
Gregorio Robles, URJC
Jesus M. Gonzalez-Barahona, URJC