Traceability Fundamentals

  • Orlena GotelEmail author
  • Jane Cleland-Huang
  • Jane Huffman Hayes
  • Andrea Zisman
  • Alexander Egyed
  • Paul Grünbacher
  • Alex Dekhtyar
  • Giuliano Antoniol
  • Jonathan Maletic
  • Patrick Mäder


This chapter seeks to provide a reference resource on traceability fundamentals. It defines the essential traceability terminology of trace, trace artifact, trace link, traceability and tracing, and is supplemented by an extensive glossary that has been developed and endorsed by members of the traceability community. This chapter also offers a model of a generic traceability process and describes the essential activities involved in the life cycle of a trace. This model has been used as a frame of reference for articulating the grand challenge of traceability, as reported in the chapter by Gotel et al. of this book. The chapter also describes the basic types of traceability and explains a number of key associated concepts.


Trace Link Traceability Solution Link Semantic Trace Relation System Development Process 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Orlena Gotel
    • 1
    Email author
  • Jane Cleland-Huang
    • 2
  • Jane Huffman Hayes
    • 3
  • Andrea Zisman
    • 4
  • Alexander Egyed
    • 5
  • Paul Grünbacher
    • 6
  • Alex Dekhtyar
    • 7
  • Giuliano Antoniol
    • 8
  • Jonathan Maletic
    • 9
  • Patrick Mäder
    • 10
  1. 1.New YorkUSA
  2. 2.DePaul University, School of ComputingChicagoUSA
  3. 3.University of KentuckyLexingtonUSA
  4. 4.School of Informatics, City University LondonLondonUK
  5. 5.Johannes Kepler UniversityLinzAustria
  6. 6.Systems Engineering and AutomationJohannes Kepler UniversityLinzAustria
  7. 7.California Polytechnic State UniversitySan Luis ObispoUSA
  8. 8.École Polytechnique de MontréalMontréalCanada
  9. 9.Kent State UniversityKentUSA
  10. 10.Institute for Systems Engineering and Automation (SEA), Johannes Kepler UniversityLinzAustria

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