|dc.identifier.citation||CASTELEYN, Sven; GARRIGÓS FERNÁNDEZ, Irene; MAZÓN LÓPEZ, José-Norberto. Ten Years of Rich Internet Applications: A Systematic Mapping Study, and Beyond. ACM Transactions on the Web (TWEB), v. 58 issue 3 (June 2014), p. 1-46||ca_CA
|dc.description.abstract||BACKGROUND: The term Rich Internet Applications (RIAs) is generally associated with Web appli-
cations that provide the features and functionality of traditional desktop applications. Ten years after the
introduction of the term, an ample amount of research has been carried out to study various aspects of
RIAs. It has thus become essential to summarize this research and provide an adequate overview.
OBJECTIVE: The objective of our study is to assemble, classify and analyze all RIA research performed
in the scienti c community, thus providing a consolidated overview thereof, and to identify well-established
topics, trends and open research issues. Additionally, we provide a qualitative discussion of the most inter-
esting ndings. This work therefore serves as a reference work for beginning and established RIA researchers
alike, as well as for industrial actors that need an introduction in the eld, or seek pointers to (a speci c
subset of) the state-of-the-art.
METHOD: A systematic mapping study is performed in order to identify all RIA-related publications,
de ne a classi cation scheme, and categorize, analyze, and discuss the identi ed research according to it.
RESULTS: Our source identi cation phase resulted in 133 relevant, peer-reviewed publications, published
between 2002 and 2011 in a wide variety of venues. They were subsequently classi ed according to four facets:
development activity, research topic, contribution type and research type. Pie, stacked bar and bubble charts
were used to visualize and analyze the results. A deeper analysis is provided for the most interesting and/or
CONCLUSION: Analysis of the results shows that, although the RIA term was coined in 2002, the rst
RIA-related research appeared in 2004. From 2007 there was a signi cant increase in research activity,
peaking in 2009 and decreasing to pre-2009 levels afterwards. All development phases are covered in the
identi ed research, with emphasis on \design" (33%) and \implementation" (29%). The majority of research
proposes a \method" (44%), followed by \model" (22%), \methodology" (18%) and \tools" (16%); no
publications in the category \metrics" were found. The preponderant research topic is \models, methods
and methodologies" (23%) and to a lesser extent, \usability & accessibility" and \user interface" (11% each).
On the other hand, the topic \localization, internationalization & multi-linguality" received no attention at
all, and topics such as \deep web" (under 1%), \business processing", \usage analysis", \data management",
\quality & metrics", (all under 2%), \semantics" and \performance" (slightly above 2%) received very few
attention. Finally, there is a large majority of \solution proposals" (66%), few \evaluation research" (14%)
and even fewer \validation" (6%), although the latter are increasing in recent years.||ca_CA