Shared Waypoints and Social Tagging to Support Collaboration in Software Development

This paper presents the conceptual design of tagSEA, a collaborative tool to support asynchronous software development. Our design is inspired by combining “waypoints” from geographical navigation with “social tagging” from social bookmarking software to support coordination and communication among software developers. We describe the motivation behind this work, walk through the design and implementation, and report early feedback on how this lightweight tool supports collaborative software engineering activities. Finally we suggest a number of new research directions that this topic exposes.

By: Margaret-Anne Storey; Li-Te Cheng; Ian Bull; Peter Rigby

Published in: RC24139 in 2006


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