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CSD 2015 : 2nd International Workshop on Context for Software Development


When May 19, 2015 - May 19, 2015
Where Firenze, Italy
Submission Deadline Jan 23, 2015
Notification Due Feb 18, 2015
Final Version Due Feb 27, 2015

Call For Papers

2nd International Workshop on Context for Software Development
May 19, 2015 in Florence, Italy


The goal of the workshop is to bring together researchers interested in techniques and tools that leverage context information around development activities for better support of software development activities. In large and complex software projects, developers must manage a large amount of context to complete their development tasks including the relevant software artifacts and their change history, requirements, design specifications, dependent tasks, concurrent work, discussions and knowledge exchanges about those tasks and artifacts, and more. In fact, context in software development is multifaceted, and what information is relevant as context for a developer working on a given task is not fully understood. Still, developers must make use of knowledge gleaned from all of this context to make decisions, coordinate their work, understand the purpose behind their tasks, and understand how their tasks fit with the rest of the project. The CSD workshop brings together scholars interested in identifying, gathering and modeling context information in software development, as well as discussing its applications.

Call for Papers

The dictionary defines context as "The circumstances that form the setting for an event, statement, or idea, and in terms of which it can be fully understood and assessed." Appyling this definition to software development, there is a great deal of context that is needed for a developer to fully understand a task. However, there is little research on what type of context is needed for a developer to complete a task, how we can model context around a task, and how we can use those models in software development at large. This workshop aims at identifying and modeling context in software development, as well as discussing its application. Papers may address issues along the broad topics, including but not limited to the following:

Types of context in software development
Modeling context in software development
Application of context in software development
Using context to support implicit or explicit coordination
Context in requirements engineering
Context in testing and maintenance
Context in collaborative activities such as bug triaging
Context in development processes, e.g. agile processes


We invite two kinds of submissions: 5-page long papers and 2-page short papers. A selection of papers will be presented at the workshop.

At the time of submission all papers must conform to the ICSE 2015 Formatting and Submission Guidelines ( All submissions must be in English and in PDF format. Submissions that do not comply with the above instructions will be desk rejected without review. Each submission will be reviewed by at least two members of the Program Committee. Submissions will be evaluated on the basis of originality, importance of contribution, soundness, evaluation, quality of presentation and appropriate comparison to related work. The program committee as a whole will make final decisions about which submissions to accept for presentation at the workshop.

Submissions will be accepted electronically through EasyChair (

Important Dates

Call for papers: December 1, 2014
Paper submissions due: January 23, 2015 (23:59:59 AOE )
Notifications: February 18, 2015
Camera Ready deadline: February 27, 2015
Workshop: May 19, 2015

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