Managing Concern Knowledge in Software Systems

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Executive Summary

Knowledge representation, acquisition, and sharing in software development projects is challenging due to the involvement of different kinds of stakeholders and large heterogeneous repositories of artifacts. In this paper, the authors argue that the concept of a concern can be used to facilitate the management of knowledge concerning the various system artifacts. Concerns represent pieces of knowledge pertaining to various viewpoints and interests of the stakeholders. In order to represent concerns, they propose the use of a non-intrusive role-based mechanism called a fragment.

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