Integrating software engineering data using semantic web technologies

Yuan-Fang Li, Hongyu Zhang

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    A plethora of software engineering data have been produced by different organizations and tools over time. These data may come from different sources, and are often disparate and distributed. The integration of these data may open up the possibility of conducting systemic, holistic study of software projects in ways previously unexplored. Semantic Web technologies have been used successfully in a wide array of domains such as health care and life sciences as a platform for information integration and knowledge management. The success is largely due to the open and extensible nature of ontology languages as well as growing tool support. We believe that Semantic Web technologies represent an ideal platform for the integration of software engineering data in a semantic repository. By querying and analyzing such a repository, researchers and practitioners can better understand and control software engineering activities and processes. In this paper, we describe how we apply Semantic Web techniques to integrate object-oriented software engineering data from different sources. We also show how the integrated data can help us answer complex queries about large-scale software projects through a case study on the Eclipse system.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 8th Working Conference on Mining Software Repositories
    EditorsArie van Deursen, Tao Xie, Thomas Zimmermann
    Place of PublicationNew York NY USA
    PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
    Number of pages4
    ISBN (Print)9781450305747
    Publication statusPublished - 2011
    EventIEEE International Working Conference on Mining Software Repositories 2011 - Waikiki Honolulu, United States of America
    Duration: 21 May 201128 May 2011
    Conference number: 8th (ACM Digital Library Conference Proceedings)


    ConferenceIEEE International Working Conference on Mining Software Repositories 2011
    Abbreviated titleMSR 2011
    Country/TerritoryUnited States of America
    CityWaikiki Honolulu
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