Let’s Stop Building at the Feet of Giants: Recovering unavailable Requirements Quality Artifacts

Julian Frattini, Lloyd Montgomery, Davide Fucci, Jannik Fischbach, Michael Unterkalmsteiner and Daniel Mendez

2023 · doi: https://doi.org/10.48550/arXiv.2304.04670


Requirements quality literature abounds with publications presenting artifacts, such as data sets and tools. However, recent systematic studies show that more than 80% of these artifacts have become unavailable or were never made public, limiting reproducibility and reusability. In this work, we report on an attempt to recover those artifacts. To that end, we requested corresponding authors of unavailable artifacts to recover and disclose them according to open science principles. Our results, based on 19 answers from 35 authors (54% response rate), include an assessment of the availability of requirements quality artifacts and a breakdown of authors' reasons for their continued unavailability. Overall, we improved the availability of seven data sets and seven implementations.

url: https://arxiv.org/abs/2304.04670