The RISCOSS Platform for Risk Management in Open Source Software Adoption

TitleThe RISCOSS Platform for Risk Management in Open Source Software Adoption
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsFranch, X, Kenett, R, Mancinelli, F, Susi, A, Ameller, D, Annosi, MC, Ben-Jacob, R, Blumenfeld, Y, Franco, OH, Gross, D, Lopez, L, Morandini, M, Oriol, M, Siena, A
Secondary AuthorsDamiani, E, Frati, F, Riehle, D, Wasserman, AI
Secondary TitleOpen Source Systems: Adoption and Impact
Series TitleIFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
ISBN Number978-3-319-17836-3
KeywordsOpen source adoption, Open Source Projects, open source software, OSS, Risk Management, Software platform

Managing risks related to OSS adoption is a must for organizations that need to smoothly integrate OSS-related practices in their development processes. Adequate tool support may pave the road to effective risk management and ensure the sustainability of such activity. In this paper, we present the RISCOSS platform for managing risks in OSS adoption. RISCOSS builds upon a highly configurable data model that allows customization to several types of scopes. It implements two different working modes: exploration, where the impact of decisions may be assessed before making them; and continuous assessment, where risk variables (and their possible consequences on business goals) are continuously monitored and reported to decision-makers. The blackboard-oriented architecture of the platform defines several interfaces for the identified techniques, allowing new techniques to be plugged in.

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