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Paul Adams, Research

by Paul Adams last modified 2009-06-23 17:34
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As a researcher for ZEA Partners, Paul Adams manages and conducts within ZEA Partners' portfolio of research activities. Paul has a wealth of Open Source research experience having taken part in five, pan-European EC-funded projects (FP5 "GENESIS", FP6 "CALIBRE", "SQO-OSS", "QUALOSS" and "FLOSSMETRICS") in addition to a selection of smaller projects at home in the UK.

Trained as a software engineer and specialising in process management, Paul's research is focused on novel means to assess the productivity of Open Source communities. Paul's research has been published by a variety of international journals and conferences as well as many community-based events, including PloneConf, FOSDEM, Akademy and GUADEC. Specific topics of his research have covered topics as diverse as Open Source agility and software quality.

Paul is the co-founder and former Chairman of the British Computer Society's Open Source Specialist Group (OSSG). The OSSG was created to help IT managers within the UK better understand issues surrounding Open Source software development and procurement. In addition to his work for the OSSG, Paul is also a full member of the IEEE, including the Computer Society. Paul's other community work includes being a member of KDE e.V., the organisation which supports the KDE community in logistical, financial and legal issues.

Prior to joining ZEA Partners Paul has worked in both academia and industry as a researcher and research manager. He graduated in 2004 as a Software Engineer, from the University of Durham, UK. His subsequent doctorate, from the University of Lincoln, was submitted in 2009. Paul was awarded Chartered IT Professional status in the UK, in 2008.