Using blog articles in software engineering research: Benefits, challenges and case-survey method

Austen Rainer, Ashley Williams

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Abstract

Context: Social media has dramatically changed the landscape of software engineering, and there is increasing use of blogs in software development. Objective: To examine opportunities for using blogs as a source of evidence in software engineering research. Method: We informally review practitioners use of blogs, and review the research literature. Results: We identify benefits and challenges to the use of blogs, consider quality criteria, and describe an automated methodology, based on the case survey, to gather and analyse blog-based evidence. Conclusion: Further work is required on automating the case survey methodology to ensure that large volumes of higher-quality blog content can be used effectively in research.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication25th Australasian Software Engineering Conference (ASWEC 2018): Proceedings
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages201-209
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781728112411
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 27 Dec 2018
Event25th Australasian Software Engineering Conference, ASWEC 2018 - Adelaide, Australia
Duration: 28 Nov 201829 Nov 2018

Publication series

NameAustralasian Software Engineering Conference (ASWEC): Proceedings
PublisherIEEE
ISSN (Print)1530-0803
ISSN (Electronic)2377-5408

Conference

Conference25th Australasian Software Engineering Conference, ASWEC 2018
CountryAustralia
CityAdelaide
Period28/11/201829/11/2018

Keywords

  • Blog
  • Blog article
  • Case survey
  • Credibility
  • Grey literature
  • Quality criteria

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality

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