OSEE/Documentation by view

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OSEE consists of an number of elements, which are described individually at wiki.eclipse.org/OSEE#Documentation.

However, one interacts with OSEE using a number of Eclipse views.

This section of the OSEE Wiki will be developed to describe these views and the common actions that are performed from them.

The assumption is made that OSEE's ATS (Action Tracking System) will be used to provide lifecycle management. If you do not wish to use ATS then only some of the views described are relevant.


Essential concepts

This section effectively duplicates OSEE/Users_Guide/Concepts and therefore needs rationalising!


An Artifact is a "thing" that is stored in OSEE - a requirement, a design document, a test plan, a schematic, a diagram, etc. OSEE is configured by an organization to have known types of Artifact.


Each type of Artifact has a particular set of Attributes - the information that is pertinent to that sort of thing. All Artifacts have a Name attribute but other Attributes may vary, e.g. description, units, safety criticality, and rationale are applicable to some Artifact types but not others.


The power of OSEE is in the fact that Relations can be used to specify how Artifacts relate to one another. This allows, amongst other things, traceability from requirements into design, implementation, and testing. OSEE is configured by an organization to have known sorts of relations between Artifact types. A warning is displayed if one attempts to create a relation between types for which a relation has not been configured.


All work in OSEE is carried out on a branch. Development can be thought of as being like a tree. The trunk, called System Root branch in OSEE, is not visible to most users and is just there for the major branches to connect to.

Major branches are independent pieces of work, which may be separate products, product families, projects, etc. These branches then have their own sub-branches. At some level down the tree, users will have development branches on which they do their day-to-day work. These branches belong to the user(s) working on them and are not part of released development until they have been "committed" back to their parent.


- Product 1 |

|                   - Project x |

|                   |                 - My working branch

|                   |                 - Your working branch

|                   - Project y |

|                   |                 - Fred's working branch

- Product 2 |

|                   - Project z |

|                                     - Test release branch |

|                                                                         - Alf's working branch

|                                     - Final release branch

- Hints and tips


- Lessons learned

Essential OSEE Views

  • ATS Navigator - the starting point for doing work
  • Artifact Explorer - a "branch aware" view from which Artifacts are edited
  • Artifact Editor- the window in which Artifacts are edited
  • Skywalker - a graphical presentation of the Relations between Artifacts

Useful OSEE Views

  • Branch manager