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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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            Contributors
            Conference
            April 2010
            April 2010
            : 1-9
            Affiliations
            [0001]School of Computing and Mathematics

            Keele University

            Staffordshire

            ST5 5BG, UK
            [0002]School of Engineering and Computing Sciences

            Durham University

            Science Laboratories,

            South Road, Durham City, DH1 3LE, UK
            Article
            10.14236/ewic/EASE2010.4
            0ddbbd0f-f8f8-4bbe-8d0f-0c889448bac1
            © 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

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            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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