Scope

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. More information on submission guidelines is available on the conference web site: http://www.oss2017.org. Accepted papers will be included in the conference proceedings, which are published by Springer, and will be made available as Open Access.