ABOUT THE WORKSHOP
The "Quality in Web Engineering" workshop (QWE) is aimed at bringing together professionals and researchers interested in discussing recent trends and perspectives in the role of quality in Web Engineering. The main purpose will be to assess the effectiveness of existing approaches for evaluating and managing the quality of Web resources (review guidelines, usability models, usability evaluation methods, usability checkers, accessibility verifiers, information quality tools, logging tools, automatic metric capture tools, statistical tools, etc.), with the final objective of allowing participants to discuss and get to know the most innovative and advanced experiences for guaranteeing the quality of Web applications in general, and Web 2.0 applications in particular. Special emphasis will be posed on Web Engineering methods, the way they improve the development process and the quality of final applications, and the way they can be further empowered by taking into account quality principles and by integrating sound quality assessment methods.
One of the goals of this year's edition will be to discuss the impact of these issues in modern Web applications, commonly referred to as Web 2.0 applications. The current trend in the creation of such applications is to increase the user involvement in the creation of contents, annotations, and evaluations. An emerging practice, that is currently gaining popularity even among users with only little programming skills, is the development of mashups through the integration of contents and functions that are provided by third parties that open their APIs toward developers and end users.
This new generation of applications proves the initially unexpected value of integrating end users in the creation process of online applications. However, while several efforts have been so far devoted to the production of authoring environments and development tools, and to the definition of corresponding enabling technologies, there is a lack of proposals for the definition of key quality principles and evaluation methods.