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      Towards an Evidence-Based Understanding of Electronic Data Sources

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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

      Evidence-Based Software Engineering, systematic literature review, systematic mapping study, primary study selection, search engine selection, database selection

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          Systematic Literature Reviews and Systematic Mapping Studies are relatively new forms of secondary studies in software engineering. Identifying relevant papers from various Electronic Data Sources (EDS) is one of the key activities of conducting these kinds of studies. Hence, the selection of EDS for searching the potentially relevant papers is an important decision, which can affect a study’s coverage of relevant papers. Researchers usually select EDS mainly based on personal knowledge, experience, and preferences and/or recommendations by other researchers. We believe that building an evidence-based understanding of EDS can enable researchers to make more informed decisions about the selection of EDS. This paper reports our initial effort towards this end. We propose an initial set of metrics for characterizing the EDS from the perspective of the needs of secondary studies. We explain the usage and benefits of the proposed metrics using the data gathered from two secondary studies. We also tried to synthesize the data from the two studies and that from literature to provide initial evidence-based heuristics for EDS selection.

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                Author and article information

                Contributors
                Conference
                April 2010
                April 2010
                : 1-4
                Affiliations
                Lero, University of Limerick

                Limerick, Ireland
                IT University of Copenhagen

                Copenhagen, Denmark
                NICTA, UNSW

                Sydney, Australia
                Article
                10.14236/ewic/EASE2010.17
                © Lianipng Chen 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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