Personal Information Management for Software Engineering Researchers


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Living in the time of abundance of information, publications, and social networks is a great opportunity for software engineering researchers. They can find much information about many projects, various relevant publications, and other researchers who did a work on a related topic. Yet, availability of (open source) software freely/publicly available is a great convenience for many. All this definitely opens up many exciting opportunities for a higher-quality and more creative research. However, this wealth causes another (bigger) challenge– how to manage and comprehend all that data and interactions and be able to contextualize the data to the research needs at hand?

In this talk, we will discuss a need for the development of new-generation personal information management systems for software engineering research. The key requirement is ubiquitous access, delivery and publishing of research data from “anywhere and anytime.” Through a more organic integration of software engineering tools, publication sources, collaborative and community research tools, researchers should be able to able to build their own personal research environments, which satisfy their personal needs, preferences, formal obligations, and life-long objectives. To illustrate some promising directions for personal research environments, we will discuss different examples built on principles of the Social Web, the Semantic Web, technology-enhanced learning, and computer-supported cooperative work.

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Personal Information Management for Software Engineering Researchers

  1. 1. Personal Information Management for Software Engineering Researchers  Dragan Ga šević Athabasca University Email:
  2. 2. <ul><li>The Social Web is here! </li></ul><ul><li>An eye opener… </li></ul>
  3. 3. Retrieval Bookmarking
  4. 4. Writing Retrieval Bookmarking
  5. 5. Writing Retrieval Collaborating Bookmarking Communities
  6. 6. Writing Retrieval Prototyping Bookmarking Versioning Tracking Analyzing Sharing/Reusing Collecting Collaborating Communities
  7. 7. Writing Retrieval Peer-Review Presenting Prototyping Bookmarking Versioning Tracking Analyzing Sharing/Reusing Collecting Collaborating Communities
  8. 8. Personal Information Management <ul><li>Today’s reality in research: isolated islands </li></ul>Researchers <ul><li>Content </li></ul><ul><li>Libraries </li></ul><ul><li>Multimedia </li></ul><ul><li>Reuse </li></ul><ul><li>Bookmarking </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Chat </li></ul><ul><li>Discussion </li></ul><ul><li>Wikis </li></ul><ul><li>Community </li></ul><ul><li>Social networks </li></ul><ul><li>CoPs </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Analysis </li></ul><ul><li>Excel </li></ul><ul><li>SPSS </li></ul><ul><li>Peer-review </li></ul><ul><li>Conferences </li></ul><ul><li>Journals </li></ul><ul><li>Execution </li></ul><ul><li>Prototyping </li></ul><ul><li>Tracking </li></ul><ul><li>Collecting </li></ul><ul><li>Desktop </li></ul><ul><li>Email </li></ul><ul><li>Browsers </li></ul><ul><li>Writing </li></ul><ul><li>Word </li></ul><ul><li>Latex </li></ul><ul><li>GoogleDoc </li></ul><ul><li>Policies </li></ul><ul><li>Identity </li></ul><ul><li>Privacy </li></ul><ul><li>Access </li></ul><ul><li>Ethics </li></ul><ul><li>Sharing </li></ul><ul><li>Software </li></ul><ul><li>Data </li></ul><ul><li>Content </li></ul><ul><li>Methodologies </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>Is there any solution? </li></ul>
  10. 11. CORAAL
  11. 12. CORAAL
  12. 13. sClippy
  13. 17. <ul><li>Is there any better solution? </li></ul>
  14. 18. Personal Information Management <ul><li>Only some fragments are connected </li></ul>Researchers <ul><li>Content </li></ul><ul><li>Libraries </li></ul><ul><li>Multimedia </li></ul><ul><li>Reuse </li></ul><ul><li>Bookmarking </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Chat </li></ul><ul><li>Discussion </li></ul><ul><li>Wikis </li></ul><ul><li>Community </li></ul><ul><li>Social networks </li></ul><ul><li>CoPs </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Analysis </li></ul><ul><li>Excel </li></ul><ul><li>SPSS </li></ul><ul><li>Peer-review </li></ul><ul><li>Conferences </li></ul><ul><li>Journals </li></ul><ul><li>Execution </li></ul><ul><li>Prototyping </li></ul><ul><li>Tracking </li></ul><ul><li>Collecting </li></ul><ul><li>Desktop </li></ul><ul><li>Email </li></ul><ul><li>Browsers </li></ul><ul><li>Writing </li></ul><ul><li>Word </li></ul><ul><li>Latex </li></ul><ul><li>GoogleDoc </li></ul><ul><li>Policies </li></ul><ul><li>Identity </li></ul><ul><li>Privacy </li></ul><ul><li>Access </li></ul><ul><li>Ethics </li></ul><ul><li>Sharing </li></ul><ul><li>Software </li></ul><ul><li>Data </li></ul><ul><li>Content </li></ul><ul><li>Methodologies </li></ul>Personal research spaces
  15. 19. <ul><li>Portfolios </li></ul><ul><li>Proven instrument which increase motivation </li></ul><ul><li>Stimulates knowledge building and sharing </li></ul><ul><li>But, needs enabling prerequisites </li></ul>
  16. 20.
  17. 21. Google Reader
  18. 22. <ul><li>Is the Social Web so new!? </li></ul><ul><li>Have you hard of social constructivism? </li></ul>
  19. 23. <ul><li>Motivation Factors </li></ul><ul><li>Different community rewarding schemes </li></ul><ul><li>Recognize presence and contribution </li></ul>
  20. 24.
  21. 25. <ul><li>Supporting Freedom </li></ul><ul><li>None of us should be locked into one place forever </li></ul>
  22. 26. We Need Freedom! <ul><li>Free data sharing and linking </li></ul>
  23. 28. Linked Data
  24. 29. Linked Data SPARLQ end points They enable data mash-ups
  25. 30. <ul><li>Cultural Change </li></ul><ul><li>Informal does not oppose to research & knowledge </li></ul>New and different
  26. 31. Cultural Change
  27. 32. Cultural Change
  28. 33. Cultural Changes
  29. 34. <ul><li>Companies and Publishers Recognize Change </li></ul><ul><li>Printed pages are JUST Legacy </li></ul>
  30. 35. <ul><li>More Radical Change! </li></ul><ul><li>Wiki-based papers </li></ul><ul><li>Nano-publications [Mons & Velterop, 2009] </li></ul><ul><li>Better dissemination and evolution </li></ul>
  31. 36. <ul><li>Stimulate Creativity </li></ul><ul><li>Ecosystems for collaborative knowledge building and sharing </li></ul>
  32. 37. DEPTHS Moodle ArgoUML LOCO-Analyst <ul><ul><ul><li>Yahoo! Design Pattern Library </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Portland Pattern Repository </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> Pattern Catalog </li></ul></ul></ul>
  33. 38. <ul><li>Developing New Policies </li></ul><ul><li>Negotiate rules and condition for data use </li></ul><ul><li>Copyright issues </li></ul><ul><li>Trust federations and user-centered identity </li></ul>
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  35. 40. Thank you! Questions?