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QUALOSS improves industrial productivity

by Nicolas Bossut last modified 2007-02-14 17:41

QUALOSS, an european research project, aims to enhance the competitive position of the software industry by providing methodologies and tools for improving their productivity and the quality of their software products. Zea positions itself as an pro-active actor and is responsible for results dissemination.

To achieve this goal, QUALOSS proposes to build a high level methodology to benchmark the quality of open source software in order to ease the strategic decision of integrating adequate free and open source software (F/OSS) components into software systems. The results of the QUALOSS project directly address the strategic objective 2.5.5 of providing methodologies to use open source software into industrial development, to enable its benchmarking, and to support its development and evolution.

Two main outcomes of the QUALOSS project achieve our strategic objectives by delivering

  • an assessment method for gauging the evolvability and robustness of open source software;

  • a tool (the QUALOSS platform) that mostly automate the application of our QUALOSS method.

Unlike current assessment techniques, ours combines data from various sources: source code, documentation as well as data about the developer community supporting the software products in order to estimate the evolvability and robustness of the evaluate software products.

In fact, QUALOSS takes advantage of information widely available in F/OSS repositories that often contains many types of information, that is, software product data and other data produced by the developer community while developing and maintaining the software product. Our tool plans on automating most of computation when applying our QUALOSS quality models. However, it is unlikely that every aspect can be automated, especially if we want precise quality models. In turn, the user of the QUALOSS platform will have to intervene at certain step in order to obtain better quality estimates. For the user to accomplish the manual step objectively, a user manual/guide will be joined to our tool. This manual must first explain how to perform the manual activities in order to apply our quality models, second, how to use the results computed by our quality models. In the end, our tools and the user manual provide the user with an integrated assessment method for gauging the quality of F/OSS components.

Ultimately, our tooled methodology reaches the strategic objectives stated above. Our conjecture is that by integrating more evolvable and robust F/OSS components in their solutions, organization will spend less time fighting with the F/OSS component hence will be more productive. This proposition will be investigated through cases studies.

Project partners

The QUALOSS consortium is composed of leading research organizations in the field of measurement, software quality and open source as well as panel of industry representatives (including SME) involved in open source project.

Partner name

Partner expertise
CETICCETICMeasurement, qualitative modelling, empirical studies, open source 
FUNDPUniversity of Namur
Measurement, qualitative modelling, empirical studies, process assessment
URJCUniversidad Rey Juan Carlos
Qualitative and quantitative analysis of FLOSS projects focus on automated data collection 
Fraunhofer GesellschaftFraunhover Gesellschaft
Measurement, qualitative modelling, empirical studies, process management 
Zea PartnersZea Partners
Open source use in industry context, Zope and Python technologies 
MERITMERITAnalysis of FLOSS focused on the economic impact 
AdacoreAdacoreOpen source development, use of FLOSS components 
PEPITePEPITeData mining

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