[Conference] Call for Papers: Workshop on Managing Requirements Knowledge, September 2008, Barcelona, Spain

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MaRK’08 – First International Workshop on Managing Requirements Knowledge, 8th September, 2008, Barcelona, Spain
(In conjunction with 16th IEEE Requirements Engineering Conference)

Submission deadline: 4th July, 2008

MaRK’08 focuses on potentials and benefits of lightweight knowledge management approaches, such as ontology-based annotation, semantic wikis, data mining and rationale management techniques, applied to requirements engineering. Methodologies, processes and tools for capturing, externalizing, sharing and reusing of knowledge in (distributed) requirements engineering processes are discussed. Furthermore, the workshop will be an interactive exchange platform between the knowledge management community, requirements engineering community and industrial practitioners.
Research has shown that capturing and sharing of tacit knowledge about requirements (a) enhances reuse, (b) enables traceability, (c) supports requirement evolution and (d) improves collaboration between participants in distributed projects. However, current requirements engineering processes and tools do not give enough room for managing requirements knowledge. In the age of agile methodologies and with the increasing distribution, scale and complexity of development projects, the need for managing requirements knowledge continues to increase, while the major constraint is to have a lightweight, usable, intelligent and personalized capturing and sharing approach. Requirement engineering infrastructures should capture and formalize tacit knowledge and requirement stakeholders should be able to answer questions about requirements at any time, using their common vocabularies.
Traditional knowledge management solutions require formal processes, extensive maintenance policies, large upfront configuration and long time investments. Recent advancements in knowledge management such as ontological engineering, mining techniques, semantic annotation as well as search and assistance tools brings new potentials for the requirement engineering community. Therefore, this workshop discusses the issues and approaches regarding capturing, externalizing, accessing, sharing and maintaining of knowledge in requirements engineering.

The topics of the workshop include, but are not restricted to:

  • Approaches to supporting sharing knowledge related to requirements
  • Automatic and context-aware capture of problem domain knowledge
  • Intelligent assistance tools such as semantic search and recommendation on requirements, or context awareness tools for supporting requirements elicitation, analysis, traceability and reuse
    Mining requirements repositories
  • Ontology-based requirements and traceability management
  • Methodologies supporting knowledge capture during requirements engineering activities such as elicitation, specification, analysis and change management
  • Capture and maintenance of rationale information for volatile and evolving requirements
  • Rationale management for product lines and service-oriented architectures
  • Economic models for applying knowledge management in requirement engineering
  • Empirical studies on advantages and drawbacks of particular knowledge management approaches

Current research around these topics is fragmented and driven by different communities with overlapping interests. Proposed approaches are mostly undertaken from only one perspective. Therefore, multidisciplinary contributions are highly encouraged.

Target Group

  • Researchers from the area of knowledge management with interests on requirements engineering
  • Researchers from the area of requirements engineering with interests on knowledge management
  • Practitioners involved in requirements engineering and outsourcing projects

Important Dates:

  • Submission deadline: 4th July, 2008
  • Notification to authors: 28th July, 2008
  • Camera-ready submissions: 8th August, 2008
  • MaRK’08 Workshop: 8th September, 2008

For more information go to the website of the workshop.

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