Software Certification on Program in Europe


SCOPE - 2151

Keywords software assessment, software certification


Start Date: 21-JAN-89 / Duration: 54 months

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Objectives and Approach

The aim of SCOPE was to support supplier/customer relationships throughout the internal market by facilitating product certification. Product certification will assist customers in the selection of IT products and will clarify the legal position of suppliers. For this to happen, the establishment of a strengthened software assessment procedure will first be necessary.

Its detailed goals were to:

Progress and Results

A ten-step model for software product assessment has been designed. This model has been the basis of the Evaluators Guide and the Evaluation Module Development Guide documents (editor VERILOG) for ISO/IEC 9126. They have now been accepted as a draft ISO standard.

Synthesis of the numerous so-called bricks produced for use by the case studies (27 in total) with integration of the various requirements identified during the work on the method and its models resulted in a representative set of Evaluation Modules (reliability, portability, efficiency). This led also to the Documentation Guide for Evaluation Modules (editor ELEKTRONIK CENTRALEN) which is also submitted as standard in the framework of ISO9126. The SCOPE database with its common metrics format has been implemented and contains data from the case studies resulting from various metrication tools (eg Logiscope, Qualms).

Legal aspects of certification and evaluation process have been looked at and synchronisation of the technical actions and the legal steps before and during an evaluation have been sorted out.

Two books on SCOPE will be published soon.

Exploitation

Individual partners are proposing commercial evaluation services: Microscope by Elektronik Central and the Product Checkup Service offered by Etnoteam.

A club (SCOPE-ISPE, SCOPE Initiative for Software Product Evaluation) has been set up by some of the SCOPE partners aiming to maintain some level of harmonisation with the evaluation services offered and to act towards the conditions of actual certification. The club should first evolve in a network, provided the evaluation services develop favourably and then end up in an agreement group as specified by ECITC, open to any European organisation.

The SCOPE database will be maintained during two years by the University of Strathclyde and will supply, possibly at normal cost, copies of the complete (or subset of the) data to researchers. Improvement of data collection would need further support. The "Test Lab" partners (further development of the bricks) and the "Research Lab" (further development of the technology) have decided to set up two separate but closely related networks.


CONTACT POINT

Mr. Philippe Robert
VERILOG
52 avenue Aristide
F - 92220 BRIAND
tel: + 33/ 61-192939
fax: + 33/ 61 408452

Participants

VERILOG - F - C
CITY UNIVERSITY - UK - P
ELEKTRONIK CENTRALEN - DK - P
GLASGOW COLLEGE - UK - P
GRS - D - P
ICT-INSTITUT CATALA DE TECNOLOGIA - E - P
UNIVERSITY OF STRATHCLYDE - UK - P
UKAEA HARWELL - UK - P
TECHNICAL RESEARCH CENTRE
OF FINLAND - SF - P
NIHE-NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR
HIGHER EDUCATION - IRL - P
GMD - D - P
ETNOTEAM SPA - I - P
CABINET BENSOUSSAN - F - A
TUV BAYERN EV - D - A
VERIDATAS - F - A
CEA - F - A


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SCOPE - 2151, December 1993


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