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Monitoring the “health” status of open source web‐engineering projects

Dindin Wahyudin (Institute of Software Engineering and Interactive Systems, Vienna University of Technology, Vienna, Austria Bandung Institute of Technology, Bandung, Indonesia)
Khabib Mustofa (Institute of Software Engineering and Interactive Systems, Vienna University of Technology, Vienna, Austria Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia)
Alexander Schatten (Institute of Software Engineering and Interactive Systems, Vienna University of Technology, Vienna, Austria)
Stefan Biffl (Institute of Software Engineering and Interactive Systems, Vienna University of Technology, Vienna, Austria)
A. Min Tjoa (Institute of Software Engineering and Interactive Systems, Vienna University of Technology, Vienna, Austria)

International Journal of Web Information Systems

ISSN: 1744-0084

Article publication date: 28 September 2007

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Abstract

Purpose

In response to the increasing number of open‐source software (OSS) project initiatives and the increasing demand of OSS products as alternative solutions by industries, it is important for particular stakeholders such as the project host/supporter project‐leading teams, and prospective customers to determine whether a project initiative is likely to be sustainable and is worth supporting. This paper aims to propose a concept of “health” indicators and an evaluation process that can help to get a status overview of OSS projects in a timely fashion and predict project survivability based on the project data available on web repositories.

Design/methodology/approach

For initial empirical evaluation of the concept, the indicators are applied to well‐known web‐based OSS projects (Apache Tomcat and Apache HTTP Server) and the results are compared with challenged projects (Apache Xindice and Apache Slide). The results are discussed with OSS experts to investigate the external validity of the indicators.

Findings

From a software project management point of view, a typical web‐based OSS project can be viewed as a web‐engineering process, since most OSS projects exploit the benefits of a web platform and enable the project community to collaborate using web‐based project tools and repositories such as mailing lists, bug trackers, and versioning systems (CVS/SVN) to deliver web systems and applications. These repositories can provide rich collections of process data, and artifacts which can be analyzed to better understand the project status.

Originality/value

The paper provides information of value about open‐source solutions.

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Citation

Wahyudin, D., Mustofa, K., Schatten, A., Biffl, S. and Min Tjoa, A. (2007), "Monitoring the “health” status of open source web‐engineering projects", International Journal of Web Information Systems, Vol. 3 No. 1/2, pp. 116-139. https://doi.org/10.1108/17440080710829252

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2007, Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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