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Brief overview

QSOS tools

QSOS templates and evaluations are formatted in XML. The following tools are available to manipulate these XML documents.

  • Freemind: the famous minmapping tool is used to design evaluation templates

  • QSOS Editor: to evaluate an open source solution as soon as a template is available

  • QSOS Repositories and Backend: a Web Git-based application to host, manage and share both templates and evaluations

  • O3S (Open Source Selection Software): a Web application to manipulate evaluations, create comparisons and export them in several formats

Freemind for templates

Template in Freemind

Since Freemind file format is XML based and it wonderfully helps designing trees, QSOS adopted it to create its own templates. In order to be compliant with QSOS evaluations, this .mm format is overloaded just a little bit.

Check the QSOS tutorial for more details.

QSOS Editor for evaluations

QSOS Editor

Although you can edit .qsos XML files with any text editor, QSOS provides a specific tool to assist the evaluation and scoring processes. QSOS Editor also ensure separation of concerns between templates and evaluations based on them. Meaning you can’t alter the template of an evaluation if you use this tool.

QSOS Editor comes in two flavors:

Furthermore this tool is connected to the QSOS backend and thus allows transparent bootstrap, download, update and upload of evaluations.

Check the QSOS tutorial for more details.

QSOS Backend for both

QSOS backend

The backend manages the two QSOS repositories:

  • Master: templates and evaluations formally validated by the QSOS community

  • Incoming: templates and evaluations contributed by anybody

Everybody can send a template or an evaluation into the Incoming repository, wheter trough the backend’s Web interface or directly via the QSOS Editor.

It is available here: http://backend.qsos.org.

Only allowed members of the QSOS community can then move templates and evaluations from the Incoming repository to the Master repository.

Check the QSOS tutorial for more details.

O3S for comparisons


The Open Source Selection Software connects on both QSOS repositories to allow creation of personalized comparisons:

Once a comparison has been created it can be exported in several formats:

  • Graphics: QSOS quadrants (Maturity versus Fonctional coverage), radar graphs

  • Documents:

    • Dynamic comparative spreadsheets (.ods)

    • Reports skeletons (.odt)

    • Slideshows skeletons (.odp)

Check the QSOS tutorial for more details.