Toward the use of blog articles as a source of evidence for software engineering research

Ashley Williams, Austen Rainer

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Abstract

Background: Blog articles have potential value as a source of practitioner-generated evidence to complement already accepted sources of evidence in software engineering research e.g. interviews and surveys. To be valuable to research, a method for extracting the high quality articles from the vast quantity available needs to be developed. Objective: To better define the benefits and challenges, scope the problem, develop a set of criteria for evaluating blog articles to be used in the method, and propose research questions. Method: We conducted a two-phase pilot study, using a preliminary set of criteria, to explore the challenges of classifying blog articles. We analyse credibility criteria that have been used in previous research, and cross reference those criteria with previous research in evidence-based software engineering. Results: Based on our analysis, we decide that blog articles need to be rigorous, relevant, well written and experience based for them to be considered credible to researchers. Conclusion: Our work provides an overview of the problem domain, as well as presenting criteria and suggested measurements for these criteria. These can be used by others to find blog articles of potential value to their research.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 21st International Conference on Evaluation and Assessment in Software Engineering, EASE 2017
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Pages280-285
Number of pages6
VolumePart F128635
ISBN (Electronic)9781450348041
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jun 2017
Externally publishedYes
Event21st International Conference on Evaluation and Assessment in Software Engineering, EASE 2017 - Karlskrona, Sweden
Duration: 15 Jun 201716 Jun 2017

Conference

Conference21st International Conference on Evaluation and Assessment in Software Engineering, EASE 2017
CountrySweden
CityKarlskrona
Period15/06/201716/06/2017

Keywords

  • Argumentation
  • Blogs
  • Credibility
  • Evidence
  • Evidence based software engineering

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Software

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    Williams, A., & Rainer, A. (2017). Toward the use of blog articles as a source of evidence for software engineering research. In Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Evaluation and Assessment in Software Engineering, EASE 2017 (Vol. Part F128635, pp. 280-285). Association for Computing Machinery. https://doi.org/10.1145/3084226.3084268