The growth of the Internet, intranets,
extranets, and the World Wide Web has already had a significant impact on
most aspects of our societies. Many legacy information and database systems
are being migrated to the Internet and the Web environments, and the term web
engineering has been coined.
Web-based systems differ from traditional
software development in a much shorter development time and product life
cycle. However, it is often impossible to apply the same level of formal
planning and testing as for traditional software development. Web-based
applications thus have a higher probability of failure during operation.
Combined with the increased use of broad-band services, this may lead to a Web
crisis. The eNorge plan sums up the prerequisites of the knowledge
society to be access - knowledge - confidence.
The proposed Websys aims to provide a better
overall understanding of the trade-off between reduced time-to-market
and increased reliability in developing Web-based systems. This
understanding will manifest itself as better methods and more standard processes,
that can be applied, tested and refined through empirical work in three
cooperating software companies. By this, we will gain insight in and
improve the companiesí development processes. Dissemination will occur in
the form of papers, reports, and courses. We also have planned
collaboration with foreign academic counterparts, especially in Germany,
UK, Italy, and USA. The project will employ three PhD students, a postdoc,
and a part-time researcher.