Overview and Summary
The Professur für Open-Source-Software (OSR Group) performs software engineering research and teaching with a focus on applications in industry. The professorship is led by Prof. Riehle. He also leads the research and teaching alliance applied software engineering, jointly with Prof. Hindel and Prof. Kips. The OSR Group has a major focus on open source software, both from a software engineering and from a software industry perspective. In 2012, research output in terms of publications was slightly down, student theses slightly increased, and so did industry sponsorship.
The group has a strong international focus: Existing research collaborations with groups in the United States continued through 2012 and research collaborations with groups in China intensified during 2012. Academic service was strong in 2012: We hosted a small but international workshop on software engineering in Erlangen, successfully supported the long-running ACM-supported conference WikiSym 2012, and are chairing the new and combined WikiSym + OpenSym 2013 conference, the “2013 Joint International Symposium on Open Collaboration”, in Hong Kong, China. In addition, 2012 was a year of intense public policy consulting to German politicians in Berlin.
Also, Prof. Riehle was on the road a lot, presenting a total of 26 invited talks at various research institutions, industry events, and software companies.
This 2012 year-end letter to stakeholders is available from our blog at osr.cs.fau.de/category/general/letters-to-stakeholders/ as always as are all prior editions.
Continue reading Letter to Stakeholders (Year-end 2012)
The Open Source Research Group is looking back on a second successful year at the Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU).
- Public Service
- Thank You!
- Student Theses
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In our open source software engineering research, empirical work is farthest ahead, with interesting results: For example, by analyzing developer work rhythms we were able to show that most open source is being developed weekdays, 9-5, on company time. No surprise, you might say, but someone had to prove it. In the same vein, we have been empirically analyzing open source programming behavior, with more interesting results on how to improve tools to be published next year.
Continue reading Letter to Stakeholders (Year-End 2011)
Table of Contents
- Year-end Summary
- Mini Symposium
- More Information
1. Year-end Summary
The Open Source Research (OSR) Group was founded in Sept 2009, so it has been 16 months since inception. We hope to be writing a year-end summary every year, available to anyone interested. FAU is the university, CS is the computer science department, “we” is the group, and “I” is Dirk Riehle.
Continue reading 2010 Year-End Letter to Stakeholders
The overarching goal of our group’s research is to comprehensively define “the next big” software development method. To that end, we will work to unify agile software development methods with open source software development. Agile methods can cope with changing requirements but don’t scale up well. Open source methods can cope with changing requirements and also scale up well. However, open source remains poorly understood as a development method and practices vary significantly from project to project. Agile methods are increasingly being adopted in the enterprise, but it is open source methods that innovate intra- and inter-company collaboration as well as vendor-customer relationships. Given prior significant research on agile methods, the focus of our group’s work will be on understanding open source methods and practices in both an engineering and a business context.
Continue reading Our (2009) Open Source Research Agenda