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Requirements for Free / Open Source Software

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12:30:00 - 14:00:00,
Thursday 27 May, 2004


Walt Scacchi will present findings from an ongoing empirical study of technical, organizational and other social processes that shape the development of free / open source software (F/OSS). Multiple software development ‘informalisms’ play a critical role in the elicitation, analysis, specification, validation, and management of the requirements and design of F/OSS. This presentation will focus on the roles such informalisms play in the development process.

This work is based on four research projects sponsored by the US National Science Foundation (see Open Source Software Development at the Institute for Software Research, University of Caifornia, Irvine).

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  • Name: Dr Walt Scacchi
  • Affiliation: Senior Research Computer Scientist and Research Faculty Member, Institute
    for Software Research and Laboratory for Game, Culture and Technology
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  • Bio: Walt Scacchi is a senior research computer scientist and research faculty member at the Institute for Software Research (ISR), and director of research for the Laboratory for Game Culture and Technology, at the University of California Irvine. Trained as a computer scientist, Dr Scacchi joined ISR in 1999 after serving on the faculty at the University of Southern California (USC) for 18 years, where he founded and directed the USC System Factory, and directed the USC ATRIUM Laboratory.