WoPDaSD 2008: International Workshop on Public Data about Software Development
FLOSSMetrics is pleased to announce the Third International Workshop on Public Data about Software Development (WoPDaSD 2008). This workshop will be held September 10th 2008 in Milan (Italy) colocated with The 4th International Conference on Open Source Systems (OSS2008).
Published by: Zea Partners, Aug 28, 2008
The goal of the WoPDaSD
workshop is to foster the analysis of public available data sources
about software development, and the exchange of data between different
research groups. Due to this fact, a requirement given by the WoPDaSD
workshop was to analyse two libre software data collections, where we
can find FLOSSMetrics and FLOSSMole. These results will be available
soon in the website.
FLOSSMetrics sponsorises this workshop jointly other EC-funded projects in the area of quality and libre software, and by FLOSSMole initiative.
In the latest years, and specially thanks to the huge availability of data about software development that can be obtained from libre (free, open source) projects, the research community is starting to produce, use and exchange large data sets of information. These data sets have to be retrieved, purged, described, and can be published for public consumption by other groups. Their availability allows for the decoupling of research activities (some groups can focus on data retrieval and preliminary analysis, which others can devote to more in-depth analysis without bothering with data retrieval), the reproducibility of research results, and even the collaboration (and competition) in the analysis of data.
All this activity is being presented in several workshops and conferences, but since they are not focused specifically on it, exchange of experiences and discussions are not as deep and fruitful as they could be. This workshop is once again (for the third year in a row) being such a place, hosting researchers in the field to discuss specifically about this kind of data sets, how they are retrieved, how can they be analyzed and mined, how they can be exchanged and complemented, etc.
The goal of this workshop is to foster the analysis of public available data sources about software development, and the exchange of data between different research groups.
The workshop is aimed at three different kinds of studies (although other related studies could also be considered):
- Analysis of specific projects (provided by the organizers, see below).
- Retrieval process and exchange formats of public available data collections about software development.
- Data mining activities and new retrieval tools.
FLOSSmole (formerly OSSmole) is a set of tools for gathering data (metrics) about the development of free/libre/open source projects.