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DReMeR 2013 : International Workshop on Designing Reusable Components and Measuring Reusability


When Jun 18, 2013 - Jun 18, 2013
Where Pisa, Italy
Submission Deadline Apr 15, 2013
Notification Due May 5, 2013
Final Version Due May 15, 2013
Categories    software engineering   software reuse design   component based software   reusability metrics

Call For Papers

International Workshop on Designing Reusable Components and Measuring Reusability
(held in conjunction with ICSR '13 - International Conference on Software Reuse)

Component-based software engineering (CBSE) has been a direct result of advances in software reuse over the past three decades. Designing software components for future reuse has been an important area in software engineering. The success of CBSE depends on how successfully a user integrates reusable components into a system. Practitioners and researchers need to address the problem of how to build reusable components. Non-reusability of found components is a major obstacle to the success of software reuse. Hence, design principles for building reusable components are necessary. There is no generally accepted list of reuse design principles that are independent of language and domain. In a previous workshop two decades ago [1], design principles for designing reusable components were identified. An objective of this workshop is to update the list with current design principles.

Reusability of a software component is the degree to it can be reused. It has been identified in the past that measuring reusability is a challenge [2]. According to Frakes and Kang [3], research is needed to identify and validate measures of reusability, including good ways to estimate the number of potential reuses. The reuse working group of NASA: NASA Earth Science Data Systems (ESDS) Software Reuse Working Group, has introduced and implemented the reuse readiness levels (RRLs) which looked into the potential readiness of reusing software artifacts [4, 5]. However, they have also identified the need for further research in measuring and validating metrics for software reusability. Another objective of the workshop is to assess the current status and deliberate on the future roadmap for developing metrics to measure software reusability.

Important Dates
April 15, 2013: Paper Submission Deadline
May 05, 2013: Last date for notification of acceptance
May 15, 2013: Camera-ready copy due
May 31, 2013: Last day for registration
June 18, 2013: Workshop (half-day)

Major Workshop Goals
To arrive at a consensus on a list of design principles for building reusable components
To assess the current status on reusability metrics and deliberate on the future roadmap for research
To relate reuse design principles and reusability metrics

Topics of interest
Topics of interest include but not restricted to:
-Software reuse and component-based software development
-Design principles for building reusable components
-Measuring reusability of software components
-Reuse metrics and models
-Advances in reusability metrics
-Case studies, industrial reports, and experimental results

-Papers related to the workshop topics and high quality research contributions, in-progress work, industrial reports/practices, ongoing projects, and preliminary results are invited.
-Submissions maybe either short (max 2 pages) OR long (max 6 pages).
-Format: Submission must be done ONLY IN PDF format. All submitted papers must be written in English and conform to the ACM double column format. The format of the submission should follow ACM Formatting Guidelines (
-Submission: Click on the link below to submit a paper:
-Review Process: Each paper will be reviewed by at least 2 members of the Program Committee
-DEADLINE: April 15, 2013

Workshop Organization
The workshop will be organized as a half-day event (4 hours). The event will consist of two sessions:
-Session I: Position papers related to reuse design principles will be presented and the session will end with an open discussion on the topics of presentation. A consensus may be reached towards a list of reuse design principles.
-Session II: Position papers related to software reusability will be presented and the session will end with an open discussion on the topics of presentation. A consensus may be reached towards the current status of software reusability metrics and it relation to reuse design principles.

[1] W. B. Frakes and D. Lea, "Design for Reuse and Object Oriented reuse Methods," presented at the Sixth Annual Workshop on Institutionalizing Software Reuse (WISR '93), Owego, NY, 1993.
[2] W. B. Frakes and C. Terry, "Software reuse: metrics and models," ACM Computing Surveys, vol. 28, pp. 415-435, 1996.
[3] W. B. Frakes and K. C. Kang, "Software reuse research: status and future," IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, vol. 31, pp. 529-536, 2005.
[4] J. J. Marshall and R. R. Downs, "Reuse Readiness Levels as a Measure of Software Reusability," in Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, 2008. IGARSS 2008. IEEE International, 2008, pp. III - 1414-III - 1417.
[5] C. A. Mattmann, R. R. Downs, J. J. Marshall, N. F. Most, and S. Samadi, "Reuse of software assets for the NASA Earth science decadal survey missions," in Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS), 2010 IEEE International, 2010, pp. 1687-1690.

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