Welcome to the 4th International Workshop on Software Health in Projects, Ecosystems and Communities

VIRTUAL (originally Madrid, Spain) - May 29th, 2021 - co-located with 43rd International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE 2021)

Factors impacting software health vary substantially depending on the viewpoint of the involved stakeholders: software quality attributes concern the source code artefacts, social factors concern the community of contributors maintaining the software artefacts and business and legal factors concern commercial aspects of the software product. Because of this variety, there cannot be a unique definition of what constitutes software health, since it encompasses many different developments and evolution attributes, including success, longevity, growth, resilience, survival, diversity, sustainability, license compatibility, etc.

As can be witnessed by recent initiatives such as the Linux Foundation's CHAOSS project on community health analytics, and the SECO-ASSIST research project realized the need for socio-technical perspectives concerning software health in projects, ecosystems and communities. Such perspectives are challenging, due to the volatile storage of information regarding social relations, conflicts and interactions. There is a need to find better methods, techniques and tools to monitor software health, as well as to predict and take corrective measures when health implications arise. SoHeal 2021 will have a special focus on software ecosystem health on which these issues are more pronounced. Due to the socio-technical dimension of software ecosystems, measuring their health, identifying the issues, and fixing them is particularly challenging.

SoHeal aims to enable and promote collaboration between academia and industry, unifying the views on software health of researchers and practitioners. The workshop's goals are to: (i) raise awareness of practitioners' problems with software health; (ii) familiarize practitioners with the progress made by academia; and (iii) connect the two communities to advance the body of knowledge and the state of practice.

Important dates

  • Position paper submission deadline: 12 January 2021 19 January 2021
  • Industry/Practitioner talk proposal deadline: 12 January 2021 19 January 2021
  • Notification of acceptance: 22 February 2021
  • Camera Ready for accepted position papers: 12 March 2021
  • Workshop: 29 May 2021

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