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Mar 2, 2016

Research [Explained] science communication series

Practitioners of software engineering (that is, developers!) and the general public often accuse researchers of producing research that has little or no meaning for them. While there might be some research that has little or no use in “real life”, I am of the opinion that the issue is double-sided, but not much related to how much meaningful are research activities. The general public often struggles to understand why certain topics (e.g, the obvious “facts”) are being researched. On the other hand, researchers tend to write papers in a language that is not easy to comprehend. Much has been said on the topic already (I am not even bothering to link to it). Let’s cut it short.

What I wanted to actually do is to open a new category of posts called [Explained]. These posts will try to explain some of my research articles in layman’s terms. I will avoid referencing/pointing to academic articles for more information. Instead, I will try to link to Wikipedia pages and other openly accessible resources that also avoid academic writing style. Oh, and I will try to limit those posts to 350 words. I hope that you (readers) will enjoy the posts!

Go ahead and try to read my first post in the [Explained] series.

tl;dr I write easy explanations for some of my research papers in max. 350 words.

written by dgraziotin

Dr. Daniel Graziotin received his PhD in computer science, software engineering at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy. His research interests include human aspects in empirical software engineering with psychological measurements, Web engineering, and open science. He researches, publishes, and reviews for venues in software engineering, human-computer interaction, and psychology. Daniel is the founder of the psychoempirical software engineering discipline and guidelines. He is associate editor at the Journal of Open Research Software, academic editor at the Research Ideas and Outcomes (RIO) journal, and academic editor at the Open Communications in Computer Science journal. He is the local coordinator of the Italian Open science local group for the Open Knowledge Foundation. He is a member of ACM, SIGSOFT, and IEEE.

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