Talk at Stanford Computer Science Colloquium

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Today I gave my staple Open Source Research talk at the Stanford Computer Science Colloquium, as I have done it several times before at other universities. What's new is that this talk got taped and can be viewed online courtesy of Stanford University. See the

For your convenience, here is the talk abstract + bio:

Open Source Research: Analytics, Economics, and Best Practices

Dirk Riehle, SAP Research, SAP Labs LLC

Abstract: Why are small startups and large companies alike giving their software away "for free" as open source? How does open source change developer careers? What new skills do developers and companies need to learn to survive and thrive in this new open source world? This talk discusses the economics driving stakeholder behavior in the open source ecosystem, presents selected analytical results of how open source works (or doesn't) and takes a look at how companies can benefit from employing open source best practices internally.

Speaker Bio: Dirk Riehle is a software researcher and entrepreneur. He leads the open-source research group at SAP Labs in Palo Alto, California. Dirk has worked in Germany, Switzerland, and the United States. He was the leader of the team that designed and implemented the first UML virtual machine. In 2005, Dirk started the WikiSym conference series, of which he was the first conference chair. He is interested in all things open source, collective intelligence and wikis, and software architecture. Dirk holds a Ph.D. in computer science from ETH Zürich and an M.B.A. from Stanford University. Most of his work can be found at

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