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Upcoming Research and Community Paper Submission Deadline April 20th!

Research paper submissions to OpenSym 2014 as well as the first round of community paper submissions are due

April 20th, 2014.

Please get your papers ready and

submit through OpenSym 2014 Easychair!

Guidelines by way of the general OpenSym 2014 Call for Submissions (Papers).

Participation fees for OpenSym 2014 will be like in prior years.

Call for Submissions (Papers): Open Data Research Track at OpenSym 2014

Research paper submission deadline: April 20th, 2014.

Link to full call for submissions: Open Data Research Track.

Call for Submissions to Open Data Research Track

Open Data has the potential to transform society, government and the economy, from how we travel to work to how we decide to vote. Many initiatives started to open data sets from the government, public organizations and from industry. Still however, research on Open Data falls short in the public.

This track contributes to the increasing awareness on Open Data in research. It asks Open Data researchers and practitioners from research, industry, civil society, and government to join the Open Data track at OpenSym and to share your approaches, methods and results with others.

We invite you to submit on, but not excluding:

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Call for Submissions (Papers): IT-Driven Open Innovation at OpenSym 2014

Research paper submission deadline: April 20th, 2014.

Link to full call for submissions: IT-Driven Open Innovation Research Track.

Call for Submissions to IT-driven Open Innovation Research Track

Open innovation expands the scope of research and development activities beyond the boundaries of single company structures and turns the participants into proactive and self-organized contributors. While most open innovation activities do not require extensive management control and guidance, they strongly rely on a functional infrastructure and powerful tools for data exchange, communication and cooperation in order to proceed efficiently and to generate valuable results. Information technology therefore plays a decisive role for open innovation.

There can hardly be doubt that recent developments in information technology such as social media have hugely contributed to the enormous popularity of open innovation. Nevertheless, scientific insight into this dynamic is still rather limited. This opens up a wide field of research in computer science, information systems and adjacent disciplines, including topics such as:

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Call for Submissions (Papers): Wikis and Open Collaboration Research Track at OpenSym 2014

Research paper submission deadline: April 20th, 2014.

Link to full call for submissions: Wikis and Open Collaboration Research Track.

Call for Submissions to the Wikis and Open Collaboration Research Track (WikiSym)

While Wikipedia has shown that Internet-enabled open collaboration can be amazingly successful, the potential of open collaboration extends well beyond this single instance. This track is dedicated to the science and application of wikis and open collaboration technology outside of the context of Wikipedia.

Researchers and practitioners from all disciplines interested in open collaboration technologies are encouraged to submit to this track. We anticipate that papers accepted to this track will examine these technologies using a variety of lenses informed by diverse disciplinary perspectives.

We expect that some of the topics covered in this track will include (but by all means will not be limited to):

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Posted Academic and Other Historic Data

As part of an on-going discussion on academic transparency and openness, we have decided to publish the historic academic data (no. submissions, acceptance rate, etc.) for WikiSym, now OpenSym. Please find it on the Historic Data page. This data has always been made available as part of the foreword to each year’s proceedings, but now it is available at one glance and not hidden away in some archive.

We intend to ensure a high quality of publications (which implies selectivity). We believe that the combination of a high quality of community events at OpenSym (workshops, tutorials, panels, demos, etc.) together with a high-quality academic program is the way to go to keep building a vibrant community at the conference. We believe this will support the scope extension from the more narrow WikiSym to the broader OpenSym in 2014.

OpenSym Impact Factor, Metrics, etc.

The renaming of WikiSym to OpenSym and the scope extension from “everything wiki” to “everything open” has invalidated various metrics of scholarly assessment and so we wanted to ask your opinion on how to position the revamped conference.

In the past, WikiSym was a computer science conference. The influx of Wikipedia researchers has benefitted the conference and the community and extended our scope. Still, WikiSym had a strong computer science focus. The expected influx of open access, open data, open source, open educational resources, open innovation, etc. research will further sharpen the profile of the conference. We certainly won’t be a pure computer science conference any longer.

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The OpenSym 2014 Research Program Committee

The OpenSym 2014 research program is structured into research tracks, each of which is being handled by its own chair; please see below for the chairs and their calls for submissions (papers).

Free, Libre, and Open Source Software Research

Chaired jointly by:

Call for submissions (papers)

Open Access Research

Chaired by:

Call for submissions (papers)

Open Data Research

Chaired by:

Call for submissions (papers)

Open Educational Resources Research

Chaired jointly by:

Call for submissions (papers)

IT-driven Open Innovation Research

Chaired by:

Call for submissions (papers)

Wikipedia Research

Chaired by:

Call for submissions (papers)

Wikis and Open Collaboration Research

Chaired by

Call for submissions (papers)

OpenSym 2014 General Call for Submissions (Papers)

OpenSym 2014, the 10th International Symposium on Open Collaboration
WikiSym 2014, the 10th International Symposium on Wikis and Open Collaboration

August 27-29, 2014 | Berlin, Germany

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About the Conference

The 10th International Symposium on Open Collaboration (OpenSym 2014) is the premier conference on open collaboration research and practice, including wikis and social media, Wikipedia, free, libre, and open source software, open data, open access, and IT-driven open innovation research.

OpenSym is the first conference series to bring together the different strands of open collaboration research and practice, seeking to create synergies and inspire new collaborations between computer scientists, social scientists, legal scholars, and everyone interested in understanding open collaboration and how it is changing the world.

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Goodbye Hong Kong, Hello Berlin!

Tonight, WikiSym + OpenSym 2013 finished successfully at Hong Kong’s Cyberport facility. Not to miss a beat, we are happy to announce that OpenSym 2014 will take place in Berlin, Germany, on August 27-29, 2014. We are saying goodbye to everyone in Hong Kong and are looking forward to seeing you again in Berlin in 2014!