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Advogato Online Open Source Community, 2000-2001 (ICPSR 29101)

Principal Investigator(s): Stewart, Daniel, Gonzaga University


This study analyzed the evolution of the status hierarchy within a large-scale, natural setting. The results of empirical analyses of status ratings within a large online community of software developers showed that, in the process of status attainment, community members tended to evaluate a focal actor's reputation according to publicly available social references, such as the number and status of other evaluators. Ironically, these same social references also worked to produce constraint in an actor's status mobility. In order to manage the large amount of data, a custom-written JAVA script was used to extract the pertinent data from the XML code and then insert the data into a SQL database, from which it was possible to use standard query language to combine information from the discrete panels into a single ASCII data file.

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Study Description


Stewart, Daniel. Advogato Online Open Source Community, 2000-2001. ICPSR29101-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2011-03-31. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR29101.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR29101.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    internet, social attitudes, social behavior, social influences, social interaction, social status

Time Period:   

  • 2000-02--2001-09

Data Type(s):    experimental data, observational data

Data Collection Notes:

This study includes extremely large data files due to the study containing just under 43 million observations.


Mode of Data Collection:    web-based survey


Original ICPSR Release:   2011-03-31


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