A study on the prevalence of human values in software engineering publications, 2015 - 2018

Perera, Harsha and Hussain, Waqar and Whittle, Jon and Nurwidyantoro, Arif and Mougouei, David ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4271-9174 and Shams, Rifat Ara and Oliver, Gillian (2020) A study on the prevalence of human values in software engineering publications, 2015 - 2018. In: 42nd IEEE/ACM International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE 2020), 27 Jun - 19 Jul 2020, Seoul, South Korea.

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Failure to account for human values in software (e.g., equality and fairness) can result in user dissatisfaction and negative socio-economic impact. Engineering these values in software, however, requires technical and methodological support throughout the development life cycle. This paper investigates to what extent top Software Engineering (SE) conferences and journals have included research on human values in SE. We investigate the prevalence of human values in recent (2015 -- 2018) publications in these top venues. We classify these publications, based on their relevance to different values, against a widely used value structure adopted from the social sciences. Our results show that: (a) only a small proportion of the publications directly consider values, classified as directly relevant publications; (b) for the majority of the values, very few or no directly relevant publications were found; and (c) the prevalence of directly relevant publications was higher in SE conferences compared to SE journals. This paper shares these and other insights that may motivate future research on human values in software engineering.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Virtual conference.
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Date Deposited: 09 Mar 2022 07:29
Last Modified: 10 Apr 2022 09:18
Uncontrolled Keywords: human values, software
Fields of Research (2020): 46 INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES > 4612 Software engineering > 461299 Software engineering not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/3377811.3380393
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/46106

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