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The 2016 Letter to Stakeholders (Year-end)

Welcome to the 2016 (year-end) letter to stakeholders of the Professorship of Open Source Software at the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg! (Download as PDF.)

  1. Highlights
  2. Research
  3. Teaching
  4. Industry
  5. Finances
  6. Alumni
  7. Thank you!

Highlights

In 2016, we started multiple new research projects and intensified the work on existing ones: Inner source with Siemens Digital Factory, Healthineers (former Siemens Healthcare), and Continental Corporation, open source governance with a large unnamed multi-national company, and continuous deployment and open data integration with several energy distribution companies and academic partners.

Following a 2015 ICSE paper, we published two top-tier journal papers in 2016, one in Transactions on Software Engineering (TSE) and one in ACM Computing Surveys. The TSE paper led to a journal-first invited research talk at FSE 2016, next to ICSE one of the two top software engineering conferences.

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Letter to Stakeholders (Year-end 2015)

1. Summary

2015 marks the sixth year of the Professorship for Open Source Software at the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg. Revenues increased, the group size did not change, and student numbers are up. Publication output was good and appropriate for our group size. Teaching remains strong, with continued interest and support for our project-based teaching model by industry.

2. Research

Our research goal is to understand how “open collaboration” works, see http://osr.cs.fau.de/about/group/ and http://www.opensym.org/about-us/definition/ and apply our learnings to software engineering.

2.1 Research Focus Areas

Our focus areas resp. projects remained stable:

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Letter to Stakeholders (Year-end 2014)

1. Summary

2014 marks the fifth year of the Professorship for Open Source Software at the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg. Revenues increased slightly, we added more members to the group, and student numbers are up as well. Publication output dipped with many submissions in the queue for 2015. Teaching continues to be strong, with continued interest and support for our project-based teaching model by industry. We welcomed Maximilian Capraro and Andreas Kaufmann to the group and are expecting great things of them. Gottfried Hofmann left his part-time job with the group to focus on his startup.

2. Research

Our research goal is to understand how “open collaboration” works, see http://osr.cs.fau.de/about/group/ and http://www.opensym.org/about-us/definition/ and apply our learnings to software systems engineering.

2.1 Research Focus Areas

Our focus areas resp. projects shifted slightly:

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Letter to Stakeholders (Year-end 2013)

2013 marks the fourth year of the Professorship for Open Source Software at the Friedrich-Alexander-University. We were able to keep growing in terms of revenue and student numbers while at the same time sharpening and clarifying our research focus and our software engineering curriculum. This stand-alone W2-professorship also leads the applied software engineering research and teaching alliance and provides a full software engineering curriculum.

Perhaps the most noteworthy success this year was in teaching: After their introduction in 2012, teaching projects (Lehrprojekte) took off this year and were a major success with industry and helped deepen and extend our relationships.

In 2013, we welcomed Fariba Bensing as our new secretary and Ann Barcomb and Gottfried Hofmann as new “Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiter” (Ph.D. students) to our research and teaching group.

1. Research (UnivIS: Forschung)

Our research goal is to understand how “open collaboration” works, see http://osr.cs.fau.de/about/group/ and http://www.opensym.org/about-us/definition/.

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Letter to Stakeholders (Year-end 2012)

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.

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Letter to Stakeholders (Year-End 2011)

The Open Source Research Group is looking back on a second successful year at the Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU).

Overview

  1. Research
  2. Teaching
  3. Entrepreneurship
  4. Public Service
  5. Thank You!
  6. Publications
  7. Student Theses
  8. More Links

1. Research

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.

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2010 Year-End Letter to Stakeholders

Table of Contents

  1. Year-end Summary
  2. Mini Symposium
  3. 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.

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2009 Year-end Summary and Review

Summary

It has only been a bit more than three months since we started the open source research group at the Friedrich-Alexander-University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, but we are off to a good start. We settled on two main projects, open source software forges and Wikipedia technology. We filled one of the three open researcher (Ph.D. student) positions we started out with and expect to fill the other two by end of January 2010. Publications did not fall off a cliff as prior momentum kept us going with an OOPSLA Onward! paper in late 2009 and a Transactions on Pattern Languages of Programming paper to appear in 2010. Initial short-term projects for new group members are expected to smooth out the usual drop in publications that comes with a new professorship. Industry welcomed the establishment of our group with two initial sponsorships by Red Hat and Novell, respectively, each for half a Ph.D. student. Local firms are showing a keen interest in open source and its impact and we hope that the groundwork we are laying right now will lead to more industry engagements in 2010 and beyond. Finally, Prof. Riehle chaired the 2009 International Symposium on Wikis and Open Collaboration, which was a full success. We wish everyone a healthy, prosperous, and rewarding 2010!

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