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Engineering open source services and Apps for the citizens

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Competitive project
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96.800,00 €
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INTRODUCTION. The potential and capabilities of modern ICT infrastructure is provoking that the number, diversity and
complexity of software services and apps offered to the individual citizen is exponentially growing. These services and
apps have differentiating characteristics with respect to other types of software that make them especially challenging to
engineer: they are very volatile, need to adapt to very different profiles of user, need to interoperate, etc. To cope with
this scenario, collaborative approaches to software engineering are required, and open source software development
stands out as one of such approaches. This project explores the adoption of an open source perspective into the
engineering of software services and applications for the citizen.
OBJECTIVE. The goal of the EOSSAC project is to propose models, methods, processes, techniques and tools in the
Software Engineering discipline to enable the engineering of high-quality open source software services and apps for the
citizen (OSSSA) in a highly collaborative environment, boosting performance and managing risks.
MEANS: To attain this objective, EOSSAC will rely upon the following means:
1) Elicitation and definition of the processes that characterise OSSSA ecosystems, which include communities,
providers, consumers and brokers. Adequate notations for the modeling of these ecosystems will be provided, with
special attention to the link between the technical and strategical levels.
2) Engineering and processing of measurements to assess the evolution of OSSSA ecosystems. A monitoring platform
will be deployed able to compute the value of these indicators from community repositories. A risk management
framework will be set up to discover risks and propose mitigation actions.
3) Engineering of processes for ruling the life cycle of OSSSA, which needs to reconcile classical OSS development with
the more innovative service and apps development and usage. Discovery, composition, upgrade, personalization and
retirement of OSSSA need to be properly dealt in this life cycle.
4) Definition of quality frameworks for OSSSA. Quality attributes will be defined in order to allow creating catalogues of
OSSA facilitating their discovery for use and combination to create more complex ones. Functional, non-functional and
non-technical attributes will be identified and properly managed.
5) Engineering and processing of measurements for assessing the quality of OSSSA. Quality attributes will be
operationalized into measurements to be collected at runtime through a monitoring platform. We foresee the need to
integrate sensors and other physical devices in the measurement process for the case when OSSSA will be integrated
into cyber-technical systems.
EOSSAC will be validated by using empirical software engineering methods and it will be a prioritary goal to conduct at
least two case studies; we foresee the field of smart cities and a thematic community (e.g. management of cultural
goods) as candidates. In line with the topic of the project, special effort will be devoted to develop open-source tool
support that demonstrates the scientific contributions. Open repositories of OSSSA will be also engineered.
Advanced Life Cycles, Apps, Calidad del software, Ciclos de vida avanzados, Ecosistemas software, Empirical Software Engineering, Enginería del software empírica, Open Source Software, Servicios software, Software Ecosystems, Software For Citizens, Software Quality, Software Services, Software open source, Software para los ciudadanos
Adm. Estat
Plan Estatal de Investigación Científica y Técnica y de Innovación 2013-2016
Resoluton year
Funcding program
Programa Estatal de Fomento de la Investigación Científica y Técnica de Excelencia
Funding subprogram
Subprograma Estatal de Generación de Conocimiento
Funding call
Excelencia: Proyectos I+D
Grant institution
Gobierno De España. Ministerio De Economía Y Competitividad, Mineco


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