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Empirical evidence about the UML: A Systematic Literature ReviewPosted by Andy Burn on 25 June 2011

A new study recently published by in Software - Practice and Experience details a systematic literature review investigating empirical evidence about the UML, concluding that "[d]espite indications that a number of problems exist with UML models, researchers tend to use the UML as a 'given' and seem reluctant to ask questions that might help to make it more effective." [Tags: slr, uml]

Updated protocol: Teaching Novices Programming Using RobotsPosted by Andy Burn on 18 January 2011

Louis Major of Keele University has released the final version of Teaching Novices Programming Using Robots. [Tags: programming, protocol, robotics, slr, teaching]

New Protocol: Teaching Novices Programming Using RoboticsPosted by Andy Burn on 19 August 2010

Louis Major, a PhD student at Keele University, is currently investigating innovative methods that can be used in the teaching of computer language programming and has produced a protocol for a systematic literature review of the use of robotics in this area. [Tags: programming, protocol, robotics, slr, teaching]

SLRs in Software Engineering - A Tertiary StudyPosted by Andy Burn on 4 May 2010

A new study, extending a previously reported tertiary study is now available at Science Direct. The study has uncovered an additional 35 SLRs, reflecting increased adoption in software engineering research.

Systematic Literature Reviews in Software Engineering - A Tertiary Study [Tags: slr, tertiary]

Website UpdatesPosted by Andy Burn on 7 April 2010

We have recently made a few updates to the site. These updates include new features, user preferences, improved layout and additional content. [Tags: website]

Evidence MapPosted by Andy Burn on 7 April 2010

We have added a new feature to our site, which is a list of published systematic reviews; this evidence map can be reached using the link in the menu above. [Tags: evidencemap, update]

Digital Libraries and Search Engines for Software Engineering Research: An OverviewPosted by Andy Burn on 19 February 2010

The aim of this document is to provide informal information relating to the major search engines and digital libraries that are frequently used by the software engineering research community. The details provided are particularly focussed towards the needs of evidence-based researchers performing systematic literature reviews but the details may be useful to researchers performing any form of literature survey. Where the information is available, information is provided relating to the resources indexed by each digital library or search engine, and other relevant information concerning the searching facilities provided. It is intended that this document will be updated periodically with information relating to different electronic databases or search engines, or as new information is discovered about the databases already covered. [Tags: searching]

Marcus Ciolkowski: What do we know about perspective-based reading?Posted by Andy Burn on 19 January 2010

Are you interested in inspections as a means of checking design and code correctness? Do you want to know which type of inspection is the most effective? If so, you should check out Marcus Ciolowski's systematic literature review published in the Proceedings of the the Third International Symposium on Empirical Software Engineering and Measurement. [Tags: inspection, slr]

Website UpdatesPosted by Andy Burn on 5 January 2010

Following two usability evaluations of this website conducted by MSc students at Keele University, a series of changes and improvements have been made to the website. This post describes some of the changes implemented. [Tags: website]

Creative CommonsPosted by Andy Burn on 5 January 2010

On the suggestion of Tim Menzies the copyright statement for this website has been replaced with a Creative Commons License. [Tags: copyright, website]

EASE 2010 Call For PapersPosted by Andy Burn on 9 October 2009

The 14th International Conference on Evaluation & Assessment in Software Engineering is being held at Keele University on Monday April 12th and Tuesday April 13th 2010. [Tags: ease]

New Protocols AddedPosted by Andy Burn on 30 June 2009

Three new protocols have been added to the website on the subjects of "Agile Software Development", "Systematic Review of Within- and Cross-Company Estimation Models" and "Systematic Literature Review of Motivation in Software Engineering". As always, these protocols are useful guides for anyone seeking to perform an evidence-based study or a replication study. [Tags: protocols]

EBSE for TeachersPosted by Andy Burn on 30 June 2009

A new section has been created on the EBSE website specifically for teachers, indicating areas of the website which will be of particular interest to teachers and highlighting a number of studies on software engineering education. [Tags: teaching, website]

IST Special Online IssuePosted by Andy Burn on 1 June 2009

Information and Software Technology (IST) has just published an on-line special issue featuring eight recent systematic reviews. Find it by clicking on the banner on the IST home page. [Tags: slr]

New TemplatesPosted by Andy Burn on 5 May 2009

Two new templates have been added, both for secondary studies: "Template for a Systematic Literature Review" and "Template for a Mapping Study". [Tags: mappingstudy, slr, template]

EBSE Supplementary Guidelines for StudentsPosted by Andy Burn on 20 March 2009

To aid students in their use of EBSE methodology Austen Rainer (University of Hertfordshire) and Sarah Beecham (Brunel University) have developed and refined a set of supplementary guidelines for the EBSE methodology. [Tags: guidelines, slr]

Requirements ElicitationPosted by Andy Burn on 17 March 2009

Software developers and software managers - want to know what requirements elicitation method to use? Are sophisticated methods better than structured interviews? Alan Davis and colleagues have answers to these questions. [Tags: requirements, slr]

Systematic Literature ReviewsPosted by Andy Burn on 16 March 2009

Want an overview of topics already addressed by systematic literature review? A recent study looks at 20 systematic reviews. If you are interested in cost estimation, you'll find references to 9 important systematic literature reviews. Other topics covered include experiments in software engineering and testing studies. [Tags: slr, tertiarystudy]

Agile MethodsPosted by Andy Burn on 13 March 2009

Interested in agile methods? Software developers and managers - want to know what their impact will be on your development process? Academics and researchers - want to know what we do and don't know about agile methods? Two recent systematic literature reviews will help. [Tags: agilemethods, slr]

New Learning MaterialsPosted by Andy Burn on 9 February 2009

A set of learning materials have been added, intended for student use. They provide a set of brief introductions to a number of themes related to both primary and secondary studies. [Tags: materials, students]

News FeedPosted by Andy Burn on 29 January 2009

The news feed has been moved to Feedburner. The old link will continue to function, but the new feed is located at: http://feeds2.feedburner.com/ebse. [Tags: rss, website]