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SCRAM-CK: applying a collaborative requirements engineering process for designing a web based e-science toolkit

Nieva de la Hidalga, Abraham, Hardisty, Alex and Jones, Andrew 2016. SCRAM-CK: applying a collaborative requirements engineering process for designing a web based e-science toolkit. Requirements Engineering 21 , pp. 107-129. 10.1007/s00766-014-0212-0

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This paper presents SCRAM–CK, a method to elicit requirements by means of strong user involvement supported by prototyping activities. The method integrates two existing approaches, SCRAM and CK theory. SCRAM provides the framework for requirements management, while CK theory provides a framework for reasoning about design and its evolution. The method is demonstrated with the definition and refining of requirements for the BioVeL web toolkit. The objective of BioVeL is to allow scientists to understand, run, modify and construct workflows for data analysis with minimal training using a web-based interface. The proposed method is supported by prototyping activities for gathering user feedback, and refining requirements and design proposals. Using this method, the prototypes evolved from simple workflow execution enablers to include more complex functionalities for reviewing, modifying and building workflows in later versions. This paper presents a contribution to the application of techniques for requirements engineering. SCRAM–CK is an amalgamated method that combines a user-centred continuous refinement approach with support for design evolution through prototyping. The paper also shows the influence of the requirements engineering process in the evolution of design proposals.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Chemistry
Computer Science & Informatics
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
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Publisher: Springer Verlag (Germany)
ISSN: 0947-3602
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Date of Acceptance: 4 September 2014
Last Modified: 19 Aug 2022 04:24

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