Operationalizing human values in software: A research roadmap

Mougouei, Davoud ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4271-9174 and Perera, Harsha and Hussain, Waqar and Shams, Rifat and Whittle, Jon (2018) Operationalizing human values in software: A research roadmap. In: 26th ACM Joint European Software Engineering Conference and Symposium on the Foundations of Software Engineering (ESEC/FSE 2018), 4 Nov - 9 Nov 2018, Lake Buena Vista, United States.


Software influences several aspects of people's lives and therefore needs to reflect their values. However, existing software engineering methods fail to account for human values, which may result in breaching those values in software and, therefore, dissatisfaction of users and loss of profit and reputation. To avoid such negative consequences, human values need to be integrated - in a verifiable way - into software. We refer to this as Operationalizing Human Values in Software. But this is not easy to achieve due to three main obstacles: First, human values are hard to define in a way that can be put into practice; second, existing software design decisions are mainly ignorant of values; finally, values are hard to determine and quantify in software. This paper aims to establish a research roadmap for overcoming these obstacles. The proposed roadmap focuses on (i) establishing practical definitions for human values, (ii) integrating values into software design, and (iii) measuring values in the software development life cycle.

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Date Deposited: 09 Mar 2022 04:11
Last Modified: 30 May 2022 02:19
Uncontrolled Keywords: operationalizing; human values; software engineering; roadmap
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/10.1145/3236024.3264843
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/46113

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