Authors: Martin Mahaux, Caroline Canon

Abstract:
[Context and Motivation] While having a simple definition, Sustainable Development is a broad, interdisciplinary and complex concept. Applying this concept when designing products is therefore a complex task that requires a lot of interdisciplinarity. [Question/Problem] As software continues to invade all aspects of our lives under ever-renewed forms, we realize that designing sustainable software is probably of paramount difficulty and importance. [Position] This position paper argues that this new field will have no other option than integrating this complexity into its design practices through opening collaborations with sustainability experts.

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Review 2

  • SUBMISSION NUMBER: p1
  • TITLE: Integrating the Complexity of Sustainability in Requirements Engineering
  • AUTHORS: Martin Mahaux, Caroline Canon
Reviewers' expertise from 1 (low) to 5 (high):
(4)

  • SCORES 1 (Very Bad) 2 (More or less OK) 3 (Very Good)
Adequacy for RE4SuSy: 3
Originality of the content: 2
Significance of the work: 3
Soundness and accuracy of the technical content: 2
Style and clarity of the paper: 2-3
OVERALL RECOMMENDATION (Strong Reject - Reject - Conditional Accept - Accept - Strong Accept): Accept

  • REVIEW:
The paper describes what points the requirements engineer should be take into account when planning software systems. They argue, that these actors should interact with other experts in sustainable development to enfoster sustainable software. Especially, the authors identify interesting areas for actions: long lasting software, lean software, and software for sustainable humans. These partitions are very valuable and help REs to improve their concepts. However, it might be helpful if the authors describe a bit more in detail, how these interaction might work. Which sustainability experts should be integrated? Which role plays the client who orders the software? In which part of the RE process is this collaboration in particular useful?

Remark: the first reference may be better: Naumann, Stefan: Sustainability Informatics ñ A new Subfield of Applied Informatics? In: Mˆller, Andreas; Page, Bernd; Schreiber, Martin (Eds.): EnviroInfo 2008. Environmental Informatics and Industrial Ecology, 22nd International Conference on Environmental Informatics. Aachen 2008

Review 3

  • SUBMISSION NUMBER: P1
  • TITLE: Integrating the Complexity of Sustainability in Requirements Engineering
  • AUTHORS: M. Mahaux and C. Canon
Reviewers' expertise from 1 (low) to 5 (high): 4

  • SCORES 1 (Very Bad) 2 (More or less OK) 3 (Very Good)
Adequacy for RE4SuSy: 2
Originality of the content: 2
Significance of the work: 2
Soundness and accuracy of the technical content: 2
Style and clarity of the paper: 1
OVERALL RECOMMENDATION (Strong Reject - Reject - Conditional Accept - Accept - Strong Accept):
Reject

  • REVIEW:
This position paper discusses the notion of sustainability and how requirements engineering should be integrated with sustainability.
It is not very clear what is the message of the paper and the main points that the paper is trying to address. Indeed, researchers
and practitioners from both requirements engineering and sustainability areas need to collaborate to support the development of sustainable
software. I would have expected the paper to discuss ways and mechanisms of supporting such integration/collaboration.

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