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In-Vivo Analytics for Big Software Quality
As part of the Lorentz workhop on Big Software, we will organize a number of “writer’s and col- laboration workshops”. These are short (1-2 hour) sessions, in which a small group of participants (the “discussants”) study one or more papers (proposed by the “author”) in depth.
The primary objective of the session is to provide feedback to the author on the paper. This feedback can relate to any aspect of the paper, such as the experimental setup, the related work, the precise objective, future work that can be carried out to build upon these results, etc.
Besides that, the discussion of each paper serves to explore possible (future) collaborations between any of the participants. Thus, discussants can bring in their own related work, and explore how joining forces can help to further advance the paper’s key results.
The set up of the workshops draws inspiration from Writer’s Workshops commonly used in the design patterns community, which in turn were inspired by workshops int he creative literature community. Pattern workshops have been used to review, evaluate, and improve pattern descrip- tions. At the same time, the process is akin to a peer review process, except that the objective is not paper selection, but in depth discussion between authors and participants about the key message of a paper.
The specific format we propose is as follows.
The preparation phase aims to match authors and discussants. Using a conference paper management system like EasyChair, the steps include:
The actual workshops will take 1-2 hours, has up to 10 participants, and includes the discussion of 2-3 papers using 30-45 minutes per paper. We propose the following format:
Since several of the lessons learned during such a session will transcend the individual papers discussed, we will also use plenary sessions in which each of the moderators can summarize the main findings of their workshops, and share them with everyone.
As also emphasized by the patterns community, this format requires a safe setting with participants who trust each other. In particular:
We realize such a “writers and collaboration workshop” does require work from the participants. Yet we also believe that this format provides an excellent way to truly engage with each other’s research, and look forward to the improved research results and future collaborations that will emerge from this.