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  1. Mircea Lungu, Michele Lanza, Tudor Gîrba, and Romain Robbes. The Small Project Observatory: Visualizing Software Ecosystems. In Science of Computer Programming, Elsevier 75(4) p. 264—275, April 2010. DOI PDF 

    Software evolution research has focused mostly on analyzing the evolution of single software systems. However, it is rarely the case that a project exists as standalone, independent of others. Rather, projects exist in parallel within larger contexts in companies, research groups or even the open-source communities. We call these contexts software ecosystems, and on this paper we present The Small Project Observatory, a prototype tool which aims to support the analysis of project ecosystems through interactive visualization and exploration. We present a case-study of exploring an ecosystem using our tool, we describe about the architecture of the tool, and we distill the lessons learned during the tool-building experience.