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The Need for an Open Corpus of Software Architecture Descriptions


Software architectures are the conceptual tool to share information about key aspects of a software system and to enable reasoning about the principal, most fundamental, and often most difficult-to-change design decisions of the system. Studies of failed software systems give evidence that architecture drift, erosion or degradation is a prevalent problem in industrial practice. But a recent systematic literature review [9] indicates that research currently investigates compliance checking or inconsistency detection only. To advance research we need an open and grounded corpus of software architecture description – serving as a basis for more sophisticated studies beyond detection only. Such a corpus could enable (1) to evaluate new approaches, (2) to provide means for fixing degradation (when it occurs or a-posteriori), (3) to compare and benchmark approaches and, ultimately, (4) enable longitudinal studies in the field.


Knodel, Jens; Buckley, Jim; Herold, Sebastian (2017): The Need for an Open Corpus of Software Architecture Descriptions. Softwaretechnik-Trends: Vol. 37, No. 2. Berlin: Gesellschaft für Informatik e.V., Fachgruppe PARS. PISSN: 0720-8928. pp. 46-47. 19. Workshop Software-Reengineering und -Evolution der der GI-Fachgruppe Software Reengineering (SRE) und 8. Workshop “Design for Future” des GI-Arbeitskreises “Langlebige Softwaresysteme (L2S2)” am 2.-4. Mai 2016, Bad-Honnef