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      The value of mapping studies – A participant-observer case study

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      14th International Conference on Evaluation and Assessment in Software Engineering (EASE) (EASE)

      Evaluation and Assessment in Software Engineering

      12 - 13 April 2010

      case study, systematic literature review, mapping studies

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          Background: We are strong advocates of evidence-based software engineering (EBSE) in general and systematic literature reviews (SLRs) in particular. We believe it is essential that the SLR methodology is being used constructively to support software engineering research. Aim: This study aims to assess the value of mapping studies which are a form of SLR that aims to identify and categorise the available research on a specific topic. Methods: We use a multi-case, participant observer case study using five examples of studies that were based on preceding mapping studies. Results: We identified 13 unique benefits that can accrue from basing research on a preceding mapping study of which only 2 were case specific. We also identified 9 problems associated with using preceding mapping studies of which two were case specific. Conclusions: Mapping studies can save time and effort for researchers and provide baselines to assist new research efforts. However, they must be of high quality in terms of completeness and rigour if they are to be a reliable basis for follow-on research.

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                Author and article information

                Contributors
                Conference
                April 2010
                April 2010
                : 1-9
                Affiliations
                School of Computing and Mathematics

                Keele University

                Staffordshire

                ST5 5BG, UK
                School of Engineering and Computing Sciences

                Durham University

                Science Laboratories,

                South Road, Durham City, DH1 3LE, UK
                Article
                10.14236/ewic/EASE2010.4
                © Barbara A. Kitchenham et al. Published by BCS Learning and Development Ltd. 14th International Conference on Evaluation and Assessment in Software Engineering (EASE), Keele University, UK

                This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

                14th International Conference on Evaluation and Assessment in Software Engineering (EASE)
                EASE
                Keele University, UK
                12 - 13 April 2010
                Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
                Evaluation and Assessment in Software Engineering
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                Product Information: 1477-9358BCS Learning & Development
                Self URI (journal page): https://ewic.bcs.org/
                Categories
                Electronic Workshops in Computing

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