Measuring Software Quality in Open Source Software
Saturday October 21st 2006, 7:48h
Filed under: ETH Zürich, Research

This is one of the handicaps in our research paper about Debian GNU/Linux, that next to many interesting organizational properties we couldn’t measure the quality of the software components itself. It would be interesting to know if such attributes could lead to a higher R2 than ours of about 20% at the moment. Maybe, soon, there will be some great quality measurement tools available. Found on heise open, the 2.5m EU-funded research project “SQO-OSS” has exact that aim, to measure quality of open source software and enhance research tools for quality measurement:

Education - The SQO-OSS project is committed to a large body of research leading into the final implementation of the SQO-OSS tool. SQO-OSS shall be contributing novel techniques for evaluating software quality based on various metrics for process, code etc. Moreover, SQO-OSS shall be investigating how other data sources, such as mailing lists, can be used as source for software quality data.

What You Should Know - The final SQO-OSS tool shall be rigourous and produce scientific results based upon the new metrics developed within the project. These results will be of interest to other researchers working in the field of software quality
How You Will Find Out More - The SQO-OSS project shall be presenting its findings in a variety of major international conferences (and affilliated workshops) in fields such as Open Source, software maintenance and data mining.

What Are The Benefits? - SQO-OSS project results may be of benefit to all taking part in related research. It is hoped that collaboration between SQO-OSS and other researchers will allow for result verification and product improvement.

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