Tools for the Study of the Usual Data Sources found in Libre Software Projects

Tools for the Study of the Usual Data Sources found in Libre Software Projects

Gregorio Robles (Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Spain), Jesús M. González-Barahona (Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Spain), Daniel Izquierdo-Cortazar (Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Spain) and Benjamin E. Erlandson (Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Spain)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-060-8.ch070
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Abstract

Due to the open nature of Free/Libre/Open Source software projects, researchers have gained access to a rich set of development-related information. Although this information is publicly available on the Internet, obtaining and analyzing it in a convenient way is not an easy task and many considerations have to be taken into account. In this paper we present the most important data sources that can be found in libre software projects and that are studied by the research community: source code, source code management systems, mailing lists and bug tracking systems. We will give advice for the problems that can be found when retrieving and preparing the data sources for a posterior analysis, as well as provide information about the tools that support these tasks.

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