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By the Editor – IREB GmbH: The Requirements Engineering Magazine aims at providing you with a profound insight into the practice of professional RE as well as being a platform for the exchange of opinions and/or experience. With the first issue this aim was, in a sense, one-way, as you, the reader, could read but not easily comment on the articles or the RE Magazine. This second issue already includes the possibility to share your opinion on articles via the newly introduced feedback option.
Issue 3 of the RE Magazine will see the introdution of a new section, the Research Section, with a focus on research.
The reasons are obvious: Research requires a solid base of experience – e.g. yours as our readers. Readers are interested in questions such as what’s coming next in RE, what are the trends, what are the results in research that we must not miss?
So, let’s put things together:
Researchers need the cooperation and participation of RE practitioners, like you, as readers of this Magazine. In a later issue researchers publish their findings, sharing the results of their surveys with you. The Magazine simply brings these two interest groups together – for the benefit of professional RE!
Learn how the RE Magazine can be a catalyst in this case. This article already gives you the opportunity to participate in the first survey supported by the RE Magazine right now.
Some members of the RE community, researchers — be they from academia or from industry — want to do research about real-world RE problems or to answer questions that practicing requirement engineers working in the trenches in industry have. However, in order to do such research, generally in the form of surveys (also known as questionnaires) or experiments, the researchers need the cooperation and participation of practicing professional requirement engineers, such as the readers of this Requirements Engineering Magazine. This participation can include answering surveys or being subjects in experiments that address these real-world problems or questions.
The purpose of this new Research Section of the RE Magazine is to help researchers anywhere secure the cooperation and participation of the practicing requirement engineers that read the RE Magazine. A researcher wanting to solicit participation in a survey or experiment will be permitted to publish in this Section an advertisement for participation in a survey or experiment. In exchange for the right to publish the advertisement in these pages, the researcher must commit to publishing first, in these pages as soon as possible thereafter, an article reporting the results of the survey or experiment.
To start the ball rolling, this issue of the RE Magazine carries a request for participating in a survey by Luisa Mich of the University of Trento in Italy and by Victoria Sakhnini and Daniel Berry of the University of Waterloo in Canada.
We, the Editor of the RE Magazine, encourage you to participate and look forward to seeing the results published in this magazine at a future date, and here is the announced first survey: