Section: New Software and Platforms


Keyword: Software Product Line, Variability, MDE, Meta model, Configuration

Functional Description

Product comparison matrices (PCMs) are tabular data: supported and unsupported features are documented for both describing the product itself and for discriminating one product compared to another. PCMs abound – we are all using PCMs – and constitute a rich source of knowledge for easily comparing and choosing product. Yet the current practice is suboptimal both for humans and computers, mainly due to unclear semantics, heterogeneous forms of data, and lack of dedicated support.

OpenCompare.org is an ambitious project for the collaborative edition, the sharing, the standardisation, and the open exploitation of PCMs. The goal of OpenCompare.org is to provide an integrated set of tools (e.g., APIs, visualizations, configurators, editors) for democratizing their creation, import, maintenance, and exploitation.