The 1st International Workshop on “Social collaboration in trusted, user-driven software development”

to be held in conjunction with the ARES EU Projects Symposium 2016, held at the 11th International Conference on Availability, Reliability and Security (ARES 2016 –

August 31 – September 2, 2016
Salzburg, Austria

It can be taken for granted that until today, the requirements’ elicitation process for the majority of both commercial and open source software solutions, as well as their evaluation, takes place within the narrow boundaries of isolated software development teams. Thus the most important stakeholder, the consumer or end-user with their needs are not properly considered. This often results in products and services that are mainly inadequate for the activities their respective product managers have envisioned.

In this context, the concept of engaging potential users from the target audience in the software development process is constantly gaining momentum. It is important to build a close relationship with them for receiving early feedback on the product being developed. Apparently, this concept calls for the incorporation of better collaboration support during software development projects and social networking features between software developers and prospective end users within existing software development environments.

However, approaches on how to engage potential customers throughout the software development lifecycle are largely unexplored, whereas research on how privacy issues and aspects of trust are shaped in such a user-driven development process is limited. This workshop aims at presenting and discussing concepts and solutions for ensuring customer-developer interaction along the software development process in a trustful and privacy respectful way.

CloudTeams will be a cloud-based platform transforming software development for cloud services into a much easier, faster, and targeted process, by engaging communities of users who will participate in the product lifecycle to help software teams develop better solutions for customers’ problems.

CloudTeams is in the intersection of three important fields: crowdsourcing platforms, collaborative software development tools, and trusted cloud service delivery. This innovative combination of different tools and practices under a unique concept will be enhanced with a rewarding system to enable end-users to jump into the platform and support solutions they are interested in. In addition, a testing and trust framework will validate the whole process based on proper analytics and qualitative feedback by the prospective customers. The final, cloud-based software solutions will be validated based on the CloudTeams methodology and thus trusted by the customers, and help developers finding the proper market fit in a quick and efficient way.

The workshop is organized by the CloudTeams project (Collaborative Software Development Framework based on Trusted, Secure Cloud-based Pool of Users is a research project), funded by the European Union’s Framework Programme for Research and Innovation – Horizon 2020, under Grant Agreement No: 644617.

List of Workshop Topics:
Recent approaches towards addressing and involving unknown customers in the software development process
Experiences with end-user participation in cloud based software development processes
Privacy and anonymization techniques in acquiring users feedback
Third party cloud based services exposing user’s data and privacy respect
Establishing trust mechanisms in communities
Experiences with third-party service integration
Experiences with rewarding customers
Important Dates
Submission Deadline May 20, 2016
Author Notification June 6, 2016
Proceedings Version June 15, 2016
Conference August 31 – September 2, 2016
Workshop Chairs

Sabine Kolvenbach
Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology, Germany

Sebastian Franken
Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology, Germany

Dr. S. Koussouris
National Technical University of Athens, Greece

Program Committee

Prof. D. Askounis, National Technical University of Athens NTUA, Greece
Iosif Alvertis, National Technical University of Athens, Greece
Dr. Thanassis Bouras, SingularLogic SILO, Greece
Rodger Burmeister, Forschungszentrum Informatik FZI, Germany
Wolfgang Gräther, Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology FIT, Germany
Wimer Hazenberg, Booreiland BOOR, Netherlands
Roman Pilipchuck, Forschungszentrum Informatik FZI, Germany
Prof. Wolfgang Prinz, PhD, Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology FIT, Germany


Papers should follow the ARES 2016 formatting guidelines and not exceed 8 pages in total. The submission guidelines valid for the SOCOTUD workshop are the same as for the ARES conference. They can be found >>here<<.