Call for Papers

OSS 2017 Preliminary Call For Contributions

13th International Conference on Open Source Systems

May 22-23, 2017

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Text-only version of this CFP

Come join us on beautiful Buenos Aires, Argentina, to participate in the world’s most important academic conference on Free and Open Source Software!!!

Scope of OSS 2017

Free/Libre Open Source Software (FLOSS) has had a disruptive effect on the software industry and the ways that organizations and individuals create, distribute, acquire, and use software and software-based services. The FLOSS movement has created new kinds of opportunities such as the emergence of new business models, knowledge exchange mechanisms, and collective development approaches. But, the movement has introduced new kinds of challenges, especially as different problem domains embrace openness as a pervasive problem solving strategy. FLOSS can be complex yet widespread and often cross-cultural. Consequently, they require an interdisciplinary understanding of their technical, economic, legal, and socio-cultural dynamics.

Many organizations that have been known for developing proprietary software are now actively involved with FLOSS. Its adoption continues to grow among businesses, governments, and other organizations. FLOSS remains important for educators and researchers, as well as an important aspect of e-government, smart cities, and information society initiatives, providing access to high-quality software and the code used to create it.

The goal of 13th International Conference on Open Source Systems, OSS 2017 is to provide an international forum where a diverse community of professionals from academia, industry, and the public sector, and diverse FLOSS initiatives can come together to share research findings and practical experiences. The conference is also a forum to provide information and education to practitioners, identify directions for further research, and to be an ongoing platform for technology transfer, no matter which form of FLOSS is being pursued.

OSS 2017 accepts submissions in the following categories: full research articles, short articles, experience reports, formal tool demonstrations, and posters. The page limit is 10 for full research articles, 5 for short articles, experience reports and tool demonstrations, and 2 for poster submissions. To allow for more complete and fully formatted reference lists, bibliographic references do not count towards the page limit. OSS 2017 also invites proposals for tutorials and workshops, submissions to the doctoral consortium, and submissions of panels.  Accepted papers will be included in the conference proceedings, which are published by Springer, in the IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology Series, and will be made available as Open Access.

All papers must be written in English and adhere to Springer submission instruction for LNAI (which is a LNCS subseries).

Topics of Interest

Integrating communities
– Challenges of building and maintaining open source communities
– Organization and interaction schemes in open source communities
– Models and classification schemes of communities
– Mining data from open source communities
– Experience reports and lessons about integrating communities

FLOSS as innovation
– Adoption / use / acceptance of FLOSS
– Publishing / dissemination / redistribution of FLOSS systems
– Expanding scientific research and technology development methods through openness
– Adopting innovation in FLOSS projects

FLOSS practices and methods
– FLOSS and traditional / agile development methods
– FLOSS and decentralized development
– Knowledge and documentation management in FLOSS

FLOSS technologies and applications
– Security of FLOSS
– Interoperability / portability / scalability of FLOSS
– Open standards / open data / open cloud / open hardware
– Reuse in FLOSS
– Architecture and design of FLOSS
– FLOSS for entertainment
– FLOSS for education
– FLOSS in the public sector

Economic / organizational / social issues of FLOSS
– Economic analysis of FLOSS
– Business models for FLOSS
– Maturity models for FLOSS
– FLOSS intellectual property, copyrights and licensing
– Non-Governmental Organizations and FLOSS

Important Dates (Deadlines)

  • Abstracts due: January 11, 2017
  • Paper submissions due: January 18, 2017
  • Author notification: February 22, 2017
  • Camera-ready copy due: March 8, 2017
  • Early registration: April 1, 2017
  • Conference: May 22-23, 2017


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General Chair:

Roberto Di Cosmo, Inria and Paris Diderot University, France

Program Chairs:

Fabio Kon, University of São Paulo, Brasil
Gregorio Robles, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Spain

Local organizing chairs:

Federico Balaguer, LIFIA, Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Argentina
Alejandra Garrido, LIFIA, Universidad Nacional de La Plata / CONICET, Argentina

Proceedings chair:

Stefano Zacchiroli, Paris Diderot University and Inria, France

Community chair:

Martin Michlmayr, HPE

Publicity chairs:

Latin America — Paulo Meirelles, UnB, Brasil
North America — Megan Squire, Elon University, USA
North Europe — Bjorn Lundell, HIS, Sweden
South Europe — Diomidis Spinellis, AUEB, Greece

Advisory Committee:

Tony Wasserman, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Imed Hammouda, Chalmers and University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Fulvio Frati, Università  degli Studi di Milano, Italy