ALERT – Active support and reaL-time coordination based on Event pRocessing in open source software developmenT
In order to participate effectively in the development activities, FLOSS community members need to understand who is working on what in the community and how their work affects other community members. Current approaches focus on managing information integration, but not active interaction (coordination) between information sources and sinks. The aim of the ALERT project is to develop methods and tools that improve FLOSS coordination by maintaining awareness of community activities through real-time, personalized, context-aware notification. ALERT will create an active collaboration platform, i.e. a virtual actor would interact with other developers, process and recognize various kinds of interactions, suggest actions on the basis of these and remember and bring past interactions into the developers’ attention, thus enabling developers to work better together. ALERT aims to:
– Efficient modeling of the more reactive coordination in FLOSS development that will improve the awareness of the group work and the responsiveness of individuals;
– Efficient management of the awareness of team members that will enable interesting parties to be notified based on their interest/expertise as soon as something relevant happens without overloading them, interfering with and slowing down their work.
– Efficient management of information relevant for FLOSS teams, including the semantic integration of
information and its flow between all stakeholders that will support better understanding of the situations which a developer should react on.
– Personalized and task-based access to information, by allowing developers to focus on activities to be performed to achieve a specific shared task and/or by including information about the presence and activities of other developers in the FLOSS.
– Pilot, evaluate and impact the ALERT system in three important FLOSS communities (OW2, KDE and Morfeo) and disseminate the results in other FLOSS and relevant research communities.
DURATION: 1 October 2010 – 31 March 2013