Free and Open Source Software (F/OSS) Track
Call For Papers
Special Track of the International ACM Conference on Management of Emergent Digital Ecosystems (MEDES’13)
Description and Objectives and Relevance to MEDES
Free and Open Source Software (F/OSS) has a global impact on the e-economy and information society. Thousands of developers participate in OSS communities centered around specific software products, starting as simple users, then increasing their participation and accumulating knowledge, until eventually becoming experienced developers or starting their own OSS projects. The OSS development model has challenged conventional wisdom of software vendors and software engineers alike. Today, OSS software development has been adopted by many companies, even multi-national corporations that use OSS development for their core business products. At the same time, OSS software is useful for educators, researchers, in e-government, and several other application areas.
The understanding of social processes behind the evolution of OSS knowledge communities requires interdisciplinary research that combines expertise from computer and social science, as well as the law, management science and economics. OSS communities can be viewed as digital ecosystems, and the development and adoption of OSS products as an evolutionary process, leading to a new perspective of the OSS phenomenon. This special track of the MEDES conference solicits research on applying the paradigm of digital ecosystems to the study of OSS development, adoption, and to the study of social processes in OSS knowledge communities.
The OSS track of MEDES also solicits reports from OSS practitioners, developers, and real OSS projects that will lead to a better understanding of the OSS phenomenon by the research community. The MEDES conference also aims to share research findings with practitioners, in order to become of knowledge base and platform for open innovation on Open Source Software development.
Authors are invited to submit full research papers and on a variety of topics, including but not limited to:
- Dynamics of creation, growth and sustaining of F/OSS project communities
- Sustainability of OSS projects and communities
- Learning, knowledge sharing, collaboration in F/OSS projects
- Internal management, quality control, conflict resolution in F/OSS projects
- Applications of Social Network Analysis to the study of OSS developer communities
- Economic analysis of OSS projects and OSS developer motivations
- Social and psychological analysis of OSS projects and OSS developer motivations
- Mining and analyzing F/OSS project repositories
Short industry papers (up to 4 pages in the ACM format) or presentations on practical experiences with OSS development are invited, especially on the following subjects:
- Case studies of F/OSS deployment: what contributes to OSS success or failure?
- F/OSS business models and strategies, intellectual property, copyrights and licensing
- F/OSS in the public sector (e.g., government, education, health care)
- F/OSS, Open Innovation, Open Science and Open Knowledge
- F/OSS and innovation: innovation in OSS projects, adoption of innovative OSS projects
Special Track Chairs
Adam Wierzbicki, Ph.D.
Professor at Polish-Japanese Institute of Information Technology
ul. Koszykowa 86
02-008 Warsaw, Poland
(+48 22) 58 44 515
Alek Tarkowski, Ph.D.
Coordinator of Polish Centre for Creative Commons
Wasif Afzal, Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden
Chintan Amrit, University of Twente, Netherlands
Cornelia Boldyreff, University of East London, UK
Reidar Conradi, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
Jesus M. Gonzalez-Barahona, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Spain
Imed Hammouda, Tampere University of Technology, Finland
Gregory Madey, University of Notre Dame, USA
Witold Pedrycz, University of Alberta, Canada
Charles M. Schweik, University of Massachusetts, USA
Alek Tarkowski, Ph.D., Polish Centre for Creative Commons, Poland
Anthony Wasserman, Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley, USA
Adam Wierzbicki, Ph.D., Professor at Polish-Japanese Institute of Information Technology, Poland
- Submission Date (extended): July 31st, 2013
- Notification of Acceptance: September 5th, 2013
- Camera Ready: September 20th, 2013
- Conference Dates: October 28-31, 2013
Paper Selection Process and Publication
This special track of the MEDES conference will follow the general guidelines of the conference with respect to submission and paper selection. All submitted papers will be published in the MEDES conference proceedings, with the same opportunities for selection to journal special issues.