Tools for the Study of the Usual Data Sources found in Libre Software Projects

TitleTools for the Study of the Usual Data Sources found in Libre Software Projects
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsRobles, Gregorio, González-Barahona Jesús M., Izquierdo-Cortazar Daniel, and Herraiz Israel
Secondary TitleInternational Journal of Open Source Software and Processes
Volume1
Issue1
Pagination24 - 45
Date Published31/2009
ISSN Number1942-3934
Keywordsbug tracking systems, data sources, mailing lists, scm, tools
Abstract

Due to the open nature of Free/Libre/Open Source software projects, researchers have gained access to a rich set of development-related information. Although this information is publicly available on the Internet, obtaining and analyzing it in a convenient way is not an easy task and many considerations have to be taken into account. In this paper we present the most important data sources that can be found in libre software projects and that are studied by the research community: source code, source code management systems, mailing lists and bug tracking systems. We will give advice for the problems that can be found when retrieving and preparing the data sources for a posterior analysis, as well as provide information about the tools that support these tasks.

DOI10.4018/jossp.2009010102
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