Enabling Users to Reuse over Wide Areas


EUROWARE - 8947

Keywords software reuse


Start Date: 01-JAN-94 / Duration: 24 months

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Objectives and Approach

EUROWARE aims to develop a methodology and an infrastructure to achieve the implementation of an effective reuse policy across wider areas than those currently addressed by reuse projects in Europe. This is considered as an initial step for the establishment of an electronic market for reusable software components and related informations.

A pilot reuse information server containing both software component catalogues and related technical reuse-related information will be deployed, and various standards for certifying software components to be inserted into the catalogues will be defined and supported by corresponding tools. Rigorous control of component quality (correctness, performance, documentation, language and interface standards) is a major value added to EUROWARE components, in contrast to most existing repositories which are a mere pile of unchecked software modules.

The components will be written in major contemporary standard languages (mainly C and C++) and for industry-standard platforms (operating systems, graphic user interfaces, database interfaces, general-purpose libraries). Both source-coded and binary components will be handled.

The users envisaged are component buyers, component suppliers and server operators.

The common services to be provided by EUROWARE are catalogue search, component certification and evaluation, as well as support for implementing and adapting components for specific purposes. Support for configuration management as well as provision of legal and commercial advice for future possible commercial use of the infrastructure will also be supplied.

The project will create the necessary technical, organisational, economic and legal preconditions to apply reuse on a wide scale in Europe, as follows:

Further information about EUROWARE is available from the EUROWARE home page <URL:http://www-cs.open.ac.uk/euroware/euroware.html>.


CONTACT POINT

Mr Marco De Michele
TXT INGEGNERIA INFORMATICA SPA
Software Technologies
Via Socrate 41
I - 20128 MILANO
tel: + 39/2-2577-1471
fax: + 39/2-2578-994
email: demichele@txt.it

Participants

TXT INGEGNERIA INFORMATICA - I - C
CAP GEMINI INNOVATION - F - P
SEMA GROUP - E - P
TELESYSTEMES - F - P
ADR-CRISS - F - A
OPEN UNIVERSITY - UK - A


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EUROWARE - 8947, December 1993


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