A Replicable Infrastructure for Empirical Studies of Email Archives

TitleA Replicable Infrastructure for Empirical Studies of Email Archives
Publication TypeConference Proceedings
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsSquire, M
Refereed DesignationRefereed
Secondary Title3rd International Workshop on Replication in Empirical Software Engineering Research (RESER2013)
Date Published10/2013
Place PublishedBaltimore, MD, USA
ISBN Number978-0-7695-5121-0
Keywordsapache, cleaning, collection, couchdb, database, document-oriented database, email, lucene, mailing lists, nosql, replication, storage

This paper describes a replicable infrastructure solution for conducting empirical software engineering studies based on email mailing list archives. Mailing list emails, such as those affiliated with free, libre, and open source software (FLOSS) projects, are currently archived in several places online, but each research team that wishes to study these email artifacts closely must design their own solution for collection, storage and cleaning of the data. Consequently, research results will be difficult to replicate, especially as the email archive for any living project will still be continually growing. This paper describes a simple, replicable infrastructure for the collection, storage, and cleaning of project email data and analyses.

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