HASEL member, Associate Professor Kelly Blincoe, received the Most Influential Paper award at the Mining Software Repositories (MSR) 2024 Conference, held in Lisbon, Portugal earlier this month. The award recognised a paper published at MSR 2014, titled “The Promises and Perils of Mining GitHub”, for it’s impact on the field since its publication. The authors of the paper were Eirini Kalliamvakou, Georgios Gousios, Kelly Blincoe, Leif Singer, Daniel M German, and Daniela Damian.

The paper examined data available on GitHub, a popular collaborative software code hosting platform, which was gaining popularity with the research community at the time of the study. Through a study of GitHub data, the paper highlighted common perils in how the data from GitHub was being interpreted and developed a set of guidelines on how to study data from this popular platform. It’s core contribution was to highlight the need to carefully curate and interpret the data from GitHub to produce meaningful research insights. The paper has been cited by nearly 1000 other publications in the field. The Most Influential Paper Award cited that the paper was recognised for “pointing out common problems with mining GitHub along with a set of guidelines that showed to be and still are very important for many MSR researchers.”

You can read the original paper here or find the extended journal version here.

Congratulations to all researchers involved!