Call for Submissions (Papers): Open Educational Resources (OER) Research Track at OpenSym 2014

Research paper submission deadline: May 4th, 2014 (changed from April 20th to evade Easter celebrations/vacation).

Link to full call for submissions: Open Educational Resources Research Track.

OER (Open Educational Resources) Research Track

Open Educational Resources (OER) are learning materials that are freely available to use, reuse, adapt, and share. Collaborative spaces such as wikis and blogs allow teachers to connect, share and customize materials. Open online learning environments such as MOOCs make educational material for learners available in and out of school. With OER, we can harness the power of open access to high-level education addressing learners worldwide.

The availability of large sets of user data and new analysis methods allows us to take into account individual differences of teachers and learners. By addressing learners’ different needs and various levels of prior knowledge more timely and adaptively, we may overcome the “one size fits all” solution towards a more flexible approach to teaching and learning. Connecting our students with rich and dynamic educational materials, thereby supporting self-paced learning and co-construction of knowledge, we may provoke critical thinking and ultimately enhance their learning.

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Call for Submissions (Papers): Free/Libre/Open Source Software Research Track at OpenSym 2014

Research paper submission deadline: May 4th, 2014 (changed from April 20th to evade Easter celebrations/vacation).

Link to full call for submissions: Free/Libre/Open Source Research Track.

Call for Submissions: Free/Libre/Open Source Research Track

Although free, libre, and open source software (FLOSS) can be studied with the general methodologies and techniques developed for other kinds of software, it shows enough peculiarities (such as the extent to which it can be reused, the fact of being usually build by cooperating communities, or the exploration of new business models) to need new developments that help to understand it. In addition, in many cases it also offers new possibilities and opportunities to researchers, such as the availability of detailed data about the development process, the openness of the decision taking procedures, or the open and collaborative nature of communities around FLOSS projects, which allow for the development of new techniques and methodologies.

The track on FLOSS research is one of the peer-reviewed research tracks of OpenSym. It aims at hosting current research papers on issues related to the different aspects of this kind of software, from different points of view. Multidisciplinary research is specially welcome, but specific lines within a given research field also have their place. In any case, the works presented should show specific aspects of FLOSS, and should not be limited to showing research issues on products that happen to be FLOSS, but have no differential aspect because of that.

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

Research paper submission deadline: May 4th, 2014 (changed from April 20th to evade Easter celebrations/vacation).

Link to full call for submissions: Wikipedia Research Track.

Wikipedia Research Track (Wikisym): Call for Submissions

The OpenSym conference includes a track specifically addressing Wikipedia Research (WikiSym). Topics of interest to this track include, but are not limited to:

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Call for Applications: Doctoral Symposium at OpenSym 2014

Doctoral symposium paper submission deadline: June 1, 2014.

Link to full call for applications: Doctoral Symposium.

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 2014 will be held in Berlin, Germany, on August 27-29, 2014. The OpenSym Doctoral Symposium will be held as a pre-conference event on August 26, 2014.

OpenSym is held in-cooperation with ACM SIGWEB and ACM SIGSOFT. The conference proceedings will be archived in the ACM digital library like all prior editions.

Doctoral Symposium at OpenSym 2014

Ph.D. students who are interested in receiving feedback on their dissertation work from professors and other experts can submit a four (4) page summary to the doctoral symposium. There is only one type of submission, the position paper. Applications are reviewed for the possible value their authors would receive when accepted to the doctoral symposium.

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Call for Submissions (Papers): Community Track at OpenSym 2014

First community paper submission deadline: May 4th, 2014 (changed from April 20th to evade Easter celebrations/vacation).

Link to full call for submissions: Community Track.

Call for Submissions: OpenSym Community Track

Defined as “collaboration that is egalitarian (everyone can join, no principled or artificial barriers to participation exist), meritocratic (decisions and status are merit-based rather than imposed) and self-organizing (processes adapt to people rather than people adapt to pre-defined processes)“, we are seeking community contributions that best exemplify this definition of open collaboration.

Community contributions can stem from and address the different open collaboration domains such as:

  • Free, libre, and open source software projects and practice
  • Open access projects and practice
  • Open data projects and practice
  • Open educational resources projects and practice
  • IT-driven open innovation projects and practice
  • Wikipedia and related Wikimedia foundation projects and practice
  • Other open collaboration (wikis, social media, etc.) projects and practice

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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)

A Short Report on WikiSym + OpenSym 2013

WikiSym + OpenSym 2013 took place at Hong Kong’s Cyberport facility. 98 registered participants from around the world enjoyed a two-track program centered on the common topic of open collaboration. Four keynotes and invited talks covered topics of open access, open educational resources, Wikipedia research, and open science. Open access, open source, and traditional wiki research contributed several sessions. A main thread was Wikipedia research, which was strongly represented at the conference, perhaps not surprisingly given that we had co-located WikiSym with Wikimania, the Wikipedia user conference. Social media coverage was strong, as can be seen from Twitter and Google Plus searches.

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