Project reference: 033547
Execution: From 2006-09-01 to 2009-02-28
Duration: 30 months
Total cost: 2.95 million euro
EU contribution: 2.05 million euro
The objective of this project is to enhance the competitive position of the European software industry by providing methodologies and tools for improving their productivity and the quality of their software products. To achieve this goal, we will build a high level method to benchmark the quality of open source software in order to ease their integration into commercial software systems. The results of the QUALOSS project directly address the strategic objective of providing methodologies to use open source software into industrial development, to enable its benchmarking, and to support its development and evolution.
Two main deliverables of the QUALOSS project will particularly achieve the strategic objectives, that is, the assessment methodology guide of open source software and the tool that will support this methodology. One the one hand, the QUALOSS methodology will assess the quality of a given open source software and also the support capacity of its developers community. On the other hand, the QUALOSS tool will fully automate the data collection (product and community) and will propose a graphical representation of the relevant data, strongly easing the assessment.
This instrumented method will allow increasing the productivity and improving the software quality by integrating evolvable and robust open source software. In a more quantifiable way, the targets of QUALOSS project are: - to increase the productivity of software companies by 30% - to decrease the average number of defects by 10% - to decrease the effort to modify a software by 20% QUALOSS consortium is composed of leading research organizations in the field of measurement, software quality and open source as well as a panel of industry representative (including SMEs) involved in open source projects.