Lessons and Experiences from the Design, Implementation, and Deployment of a Wildlife Tracking System

Sivan Toledo, Oren Kishon, Yotam Orchan, Adi Shohat, Ran Nathan

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Abstract

We describe software-engineering lessons we learned by building, deploying, and operating a large-scale distributed wildlife tracking system. The design started four years ago, the system has been operational for the past two years, but kept evolving during this time. The paper describes the structure of the system and then a series of interesting and well-documented lessons we learned. Most of the lessons surprised us, in spite of some of us being fairly experienced, some are not so surprising, but we felt that they are interesting enough to document here. Some of the lessons are particularly interesting because they are specific to computer systems built by computer scientists for collecting or processing experimental science data. These issues mostly revolve around the difficulty of building and maintaining complex systems in small teams in which junior members often leave well before the project is over.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2016 IEEE International Conference on Software Science, Technology and Engineering, SwSTE 2016
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages51-60
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781509010189
DOIs
StatePublished - 18 Jul 2016
Event2016 IEEE International Conference on Software Science, Technology and Engineering, SwSTE 2016 - Beer Sheva, Israel
Duration: 23 Jun 201624 Jun 2016

Publication series

NameProceedings - 2016 IEEE International Conference on Software Science, Technology and Engineering, SwSTE 2016

Conference

Conference2016 IEEE International Conference on Software Science, Technology and Engineering, SwSTE 2016
Country/TerritoryIsrael
CityBeer Sheva
Period23/06/1624/06/16

Keywords

  • Software Development Teams
  • Software Engineering
  • Wildlife Tracking

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