I am happy to announce a SIGBeer talk on Thursday, August 30, 2007,
16.00 at our institute.
The talk is by Prof Prem Devanbu, an expert in the area of software
engineering and particularly
in software evolution and software repository mining. He will present
his latest results on analyzing
several open source projects.
I hope to see many of you.
Title: Interdisciplinary Studies of Open Source Software (OSS) Projects.
Speaker: Prof. Prem Devanbu,
location: University of Zurich, Department of Informatics,
Binzmuehlestrasse 14, 8050 Zurich (train station Oerlikon)
We all love to hate large software systems. They are hard to build,
hard to evolve, and don't work very well. Why is this? A lot of
reasons, some social, some technical, and some socio-technical. We
that OSS provides an excellent source of data to test hypotheses
factors that affect important phenomena/outcomes in software
group at UC Davis, comprising bio-informaticians, organizational
behaviourists, physicists, and software engineers, is using a range
approaches to the analyze the veritable torrents of data pouring out
source projects to understand how things work in OSS, and what tools
can help. One important issue is <<IMMIGRATION>>: how do new people
join projects, and how can we help the difficult intellectual and
social challenges they face. We present two results:
1) What are the factors influencing immigration of new developers in
Open source projects?
2.a) Can we build "recommender" tools that help programmers deal
with "information overload" by helping them focus their attention?
2.b) Such tools have always been evaluated with user studies. Can
we do something more quantitative?
Joint work with: V. Filkov, A. Swaminathan, G. Hsu, R. DeSouza, S. Roy
and students C. Bird, Z. Saul, D. Posnett, Y. Wang, A. Gourley, D.
We gratefully acknowledge support from the U.S. National Science
Foundation (Science of Design and Human and Social Dynamics
Programs), the IBM Faculty Fellowship Program, and the GrammaTech
and SciTools corporations.