ActivitySpace: a remembrance framework to support interapplication information needs

Lingfeng Bao, Deheng Ye, Zhenchang Xing, Xin Xia, Xinyu Wang

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Developers' daily work produces, transforms, and communicates cross-cutting information across applications, including IDEs, emails, Q&A sites, Twitter, and many others. However, these applications function independently of one another. Even though each application has their own effective information management mechanisms, cross-cutting information across separate applications creates a problem of information fragmentation, forcing developers to manually track, correlate, and re-find cross-cutting information across applications. In this paper, we present ActivitySpace, a remembrance framework that unobtrusively tracks and analyze a developer's daily work in separate applications, and provides various semantic and episodic UIs that help developers correlate and re-find cross-cutting information across applications based on information content, time and place of his/her activities. Through a user study of 8 participants, we demonstrate how ActivitySpace helps to tackle information fragmentation problem in developers' daily work. 

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2015 30th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Automated Software Engineering
Subtitle of host publication9–13 November 2015 Lincoln, Nebraska
EditorsMyra Cohen, Lars Grunske, Michael Whalen
Place of PublicationPiscataway NJ USA
PublisherIEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781509000241
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes
EventAutomated Software Engineering Conference 2015 - Lincoln, United States of America
Duration: 9 Nov 201513 Nov 2015
Conference number: 30th (Conference website) (Proceedings)


ConferenceAutomated Software Engineering Conference 2015
Abbreviated titleASE 2015
Country/TerritoryUnited States of America
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