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Introducing an Evaluation Method for Taxonomies

Kaplan, Angelika 1; Kühn, Thomas 1; Hahner, Sebastian ORCID iD icon 1; Benkler, Niko 2; Keim, Jan 1; Fuchß, Dominik ORCID iD icon 1; Corallo, Sophie ORCID iD icon 1; Heinrich, Robert 1; Corallo, Sophie ORCID iD icon; Heinrich, Robert
1 Institut für Informationssicherheit und Verlässlichkeit (KASTEL), Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)
2 Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)


Background: Taxonomies are crucial for the development of a research field, as they play a major role in structuring a complex body of knowledge and help to classify processes, approaches, and solutions. While there is an increasing interest in taxonomies in the software engineering (SE) research field, we observe that SE taxonomies are rarely evaluated.
Aim: To raise awareness and provide operational guidance on how to evaluate a taxonomy, this paper presents a three step evaluation method evaluating its structure, applicability, and purpose.
Method: To show the feasibility and applicability of our approach, we provide a running example and additionally illustrate our approach to a practical case study in SE research.
Results and Conclusion: Our method with operational guidance enables SE researchers to systematically evaluate and improve the quality of their taxonomies and support reviewers to systematically assess a taxonomy's quality.

Postprint §
DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000145817
Veröffentlicht am 14.06.2023
DOI: 10.1145/3530019.3535305
Zitationen: 1
Zitationen: 3
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Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Informationssicherheit und Verlässlichkeit (KASTEL)
Institut für Programmstrukturen und Datenorganisation (IPD)
Publikationstyp Proceedingsbeitrag
Publikationsjahr 2022
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISBN: 978-1-4503-9613-4
KITopen-ID: 1000145817
HGF-Programm 46.23.03 (POF IV, LK 01) Engineering Security for Mobility Systems
Weitere HGF-Programme 46.23.01 (POF IV, LK 01) Methods for Engineering Secure Systems
Erschienen in EASE 2022: The International Conference on Evaluation and Assessment in Software Engineering 2022. Ed.: M. Staron
Veranstaltung International Conference on Evaluation and Assessment in Software Engineering (EASE 2022), Göteborg, Schweden, 13.06.2022 – 15.06.2022
Verlag Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Seiten 311-316
Vorab online veröffentlicht am 13.06.2022
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