A team of researchers in Computer Science and Linguistics at University of Southern Maine needs six defect databases from different companies with approximately 500 defects in each set for a total of 3000 total defects of IEEE 1,2 or 3 severity levels or equivalent.
Contributions will be kept confidential, off Internet connected servers and will be destroyed at the end of their use. We will provide complete disclosure to anyone offering their data, of course. Surely, once we do disclosure and sign NDA's we are far less risk than outsourcing your test operations to an unknown company in a foreign country .
A report will be provided at the end of the project detailing the findings of the research team.
I'm a 30 year software engineering manager funding the research along with USM. Please help us out if you can by providing 500 randomly selected defects from either IT application projects or product feature releases. The results will provide insight into Requirements Engineering quality.
The data can be more than 5 years old, it needn't be current data, nor does it have to be 500 defects we can accept as few as 100. Please help, we will provide full disclosure before you commit to anything.
You might want to do a search to find those companies (typically offering open source software) that have already decided to make their bug reports public, then approach them for permission to use those defects in your company's study.
Thank you Joe, this is most helpful information, we will pursue these and others. However, we want a broad cross section if we can obtain it including IT and product development, Open Source and Proprietary.