End User in Charge - Social Framework for Open Source Development

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary Works (RGC: 12, 32, 41, 45)32_Refereed conference paper (with ISBN/ISSN)

View graph of relations

Related Research Unit(s)

Detail(s)

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSOFTENG 2016
Subtitle of host publicationThe Second International Conference on Advances and Trends in Software Engineering
PublisherInternational Academy, Research, and Industry Association (IARIA)
Pages77-81
ISBN (Print)978-1-61208-458-9
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2016

Conference

TitleThe Second International Conference on Advances and Trends in Software Engineering
LocationLisbon, Portugal
PlacePortugal
CityLisbon
Period21 - 25 February 2016

Abstract

Open Source Software (OSS) is often developed in a public collaborative manner. Online OSS repositories such as GitHub, Google Code and SourceForge support collaborative OSS development by offering services such as subversion management, bug tracking and others. However, OSS mostly favors end-users who are programmers or have some prerequisite programming skills. The normally short README description file provided by the OSS developers does not
contain enough information to help the novice end-users who intend to use the software in terms of installation and usage. Also, despite being equipped with social coding feature to support distributed multi-developer work environment, most OSS repositories provide only a storage space for the OSS files and this limits end-users just to their bugs/review comments on a different platform and naturally, people would also like to be key stakeholders like changing the functionality and accessibility of software they could use. Some online OSS
repositories do not make provision for users to frequently communicate with the developers of the OSS to discuss about the published content on the repository. In this paper, we propose a social framework for OSS development to address
the aforementioned issues. The framework is aimed to allow: (1) knowing the degree of matching between the sought user’s requirements and the available OSS by presenting the enduser with the business domain model of a candidate OSS associated to its textual requirements description and (2) a lifetime communication between the users and OSS developers and even inviting other developers out of the OSS development team if needed.

Citation Format(s)

End User in Charge - Social Framework for Open Source Development. / Bennin, Kwabena Ebo; Hussain, Shahid; Ali Khan, Arif; Mensah, Solomon; Pobee, Ernest; Alqadhi, Mohammed.

SOFTENG 2016: The Second International Conference on Advances and Trends in Software Engineering. International Academy, Research, and Industry Association (IARIA), 2016. p. 77-81.

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary Works (RGC: 12, 32, 41, 45)32_Refereed conference paper (with ISBN/ISSN)