The Small Project Observatory: Visualizing Software Ecosystems

Lungu, Mircea; Lanza, Michele; Gîrba, Tudor; Robbes, Romain (2010). The Small Project Observatory: Visualizing Software Ecosystems. Science of computer programming, 75(4), pp. 264-275. Amsterdam: Elsevier 10.1016/j.scico.2009.09.004

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Software evolution research has focused mostly on analyzing the evolution of single software systems. However, it is rarely the case that a project exists as standalone, independent of others. Rather, projects exist in parallel within larger contexts in companies, research groups or even the open-source communities. We call these contexts software ecosystems, and on this paper we present The Small Project Observatory, a prototype tool which aims to support the analysis of project ecosystems through interactive visualization and exploration. We present a case-study of exploring an ecosystem using our tool, we describe about the architecture of the tool, and we distill the lessons learned during the tool-building experience.

Item Type: Journal Article (Original Article)
Division/Institute: 08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Computer Science (INF)
UniBE Contributor: Girba, Tudor Adrian
ISSN: 0167-6423
Publisher: Elsevier
Language: English
Submitter: Factscience Import
Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2013 14:13
Last Modified: 17 Mar 2015 19:16
Publisher DOI: 10.1016/j.scico.2009.09.004
Web of Science ID: 000276464800006
URI: http://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/3192 (FactScience: 206801)

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