Kevin Carillo is doing a research that looks at how newcomers to a FOSS community become valued sustainable contributors and the influence of their experience as newcomers.
If you have been involved in Debian, GNOME, Gentoo, KDE, Mozilla, Ubuntu, NetBSD, or OpenSUSE FOSS communities within the last 3 years (after January 2010), you can help Kevin by taking part in the survey available here.
Kevin is a student at School of Information Management, Victoria University of Wellington. So 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.
The results will also be published publicly on his blog. For more information, see this post.