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Hi everyone,

A week or two ago, I posted a message in this list to inform you about my research project. I 
basically study the influence of FOSS community newcomer experience on contributor behaviour 
(including community citizenship behaviours).

The survey is now live and can be found at:

The survey targets contributors of the LibreOffice community who started contributing within 
approximately the last 2 years.

I would appreciate any kind of support in helping me spread the word about the survey. The dataset 
will be released shortly once the survey is finished using an OpenData Commons license so that 
people from the LibreOffice community can study the dataset.

I have already talked to Florian Effenberger and he has been enthusiastic and supportive towards 
the project.

For those who have the chance to attend the LibreOffice conference in Berlin, I would greatly 
appreciate if you could speak about the survey there.

I have added below a message that you can use when mentioning the survey (I can also send you the 
corresponding .odt or .pdf files for those who want the actual documents).

I sincerely hope the survey will help the LibreOffice community to remain a great and awesome 

Thank you.

Kevin Carillo
School of Information Management
Victoria University of Wellington
PO Box 600, Wellington NEW ZEALAND
(04) 463 5233 ext. 8679 | Room RH401


Subject: Newcomer experience and contributor behavior in LibreOffice and other FOSS communities - 

I am a PhD candidate in the School of Information Management at Victoria University of Wellington, 
and my research topic is about the influence of newcomer experience on contributor behaviour and 
performance in Free/Open Source Software communities.

If you have joined the LibreOffice community within the last 2 years, I would like to invite you to 
complete an online survey. I am interested in hearing from people who are either technical or 
non-technical contributors, and who have had either positive or negative newcomer experiences.

The data you provide will help gain insights about the experience of newcomers within the 
LibreOffice community. It will also be used to improve the survey before it is later administered 
to contributors from other FOSS projects.

This survey is anonymous, and no information that would identify you is being collected. The 
results of the research may be deposited in the library's institutional repository or presented at 
conferences or published as articles in professional or academic journals. You may request to be 
emailed the results of this research. Email addresses are stored in a separate database and cannot 
be linked to participant responses. The School of Information Management Human Ethics Committee has 
approved this research project.

I expect the survey to take around 20 minutes of your time.

If you know members of the LibreOffice community who you think would be interested in completing 
it, please do not hesitate to let them know about this research.

The survey is available at:

It will be available until Monday, 29 October, 2012.

I will post news about my progress with this research, and the results on my blog: If you have any questions, please contact me at or 
my supervisors Sid Huff at and Brenda Chawner at

Kevin Carillo

School of Information Management
Victoria University of Wellington
PO Box 600, Wellington NEW ZEALAND
(04) 463 5233 ext. 8679 | Room RH401

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