Call for Papers

Note: Submission deadline has been moved to November 15th.

Over the past decade, the Free and Open Source Software (F/OSS) phenomenon has had a global impact on the way organisations and individuals create, distribute, acquire and use software and software-based services. F/OSS has challenged the conventional wisdom of the software engineering and software business communities, has become a useful instrument for educators and researchers as well as an important aspect of e-government and information society initiatives. F/OSS is a complex phenomenon that requires an interdisciplinary understanding of its engineering, technical, economic, legal and socio-cultural dynamics.

The goal of OSS 2009 is to provide an international forum where a diverse community from academia, industry and public administration can come together to share research findings and practical experiences. The conference is also meant to provide information and education to practitioners, identify directions for further research and to be an ongoing platform for technology transfer.

Call for papers in .txt format

Conference Topics

The conference will consist of research papers presentations, workshops, tutorials, panels, and project demonstrations.

Authors are invited to submit papers and proposals on a variety of OSS topics, including but not limited to:

Software engineering perspectives: Challenges and opportunities
  • F/OSS architectures, configuration and release management
  • F/OSS development environments
  • Testing, assuring and certifying F/OSS quality and security
  • F/OSS usability, scalability, maintainability and other quality issues
  • Mining and analyzing F/OSS project repositories
  • Lessons from F/OSS for conventional development
  • F/OSS and standards
  • Open sourcing vs. offshoring of development
  • F/OSS and agile development
  • Tools and infrastructures for F/OSS development
  • Models of reuse
  • Architectures, patterns, techniques and processes for F/OSS development
  • F/OSS and distributed development
  • Documentation of F/OSS projects
Emerging perspectives: Lessons from F/OSS applied to other fields
  • Diffusion and adoption of F/OSS innovations
  • F/OSS and alternative intellectual property regimes
  • F/OSS, Open Science and "Open Knowledge"
  • Licensing, IPR and other legal issues in F/OSS
  • F/OSS and innovation
Social science: Understanding organizational and psychological issues in F/OSS
  • Diversity and international participation in F/OSS projects
  • Learning, knowledge sharing, collaboration, control or conflict in F/OSS projects
  • Dynamics of F/OSS project communities, building and sustaining
  • F/OSS historical foundations
  • F/OSS and social networks
  • F/OSS and social inclusion
  • Economic analysis of F/OSS
  • Knowledge management, e-learning and F/OSS
Studies of F/OSS deployment: Current studies and future issues
  • Case studies of F/OSS deployment, migration models, success and failure
  • F/OSS in the public sector (e.g., government, education, health care)
  • F/OSS in vertical domains and the 'secondary' software sector (e.g., automotive, telecommunications, medical devices)
  • F/OSS-compatible IT governance architectures
  • F/OSS applications catalog (functionality, evaluation, platforms, support providers, training needs)
  • F/OSS education and training
  • F/OSS, e-government and transformational government
  • F/OSS business models and strategies
  • F/OSS and the one laptop per child initiative

Important Deadlines:

15 December 2008 Submission of workshop and panel proposals
15 November 2008 Submissions due
15 January 2009 Results to Authors
15 February 2009 Camera ready copy due
3-6 June 2009 OSS 2009 Conference in Skövde, Sweden
3 & 6 June 2009 Workshops and Tutorials
4-5 June 2009 Main Conference

Instructions For Submission:

Submissions are invited for original research papers and proposals for tutorials, workshops, panels, or demonstrations. Papers from student researchers are particularly welcome. The official language of the conference is English. Accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings.

Full papers should be between 3000-5000 words not including references, and formatted following the template provided in the Author's Kit section. Each submission must include a cover page with the full title of the paper and the names of all authors. The body of the paper should include title, abstract, list of keywords and a complete list of references. Submissions should be submitted electronically through the conference website.

Conference Publication:

Papers accepted for the conference will be included in the conference proceedings, which are published by Springer. Authors of accepted papers will be therefore be required to sign a copyright transfer (as well as register for and attend the conference). IFIP is planning a digital library to disseminate conference proceedings; details will be posted when available. The conference organizers are planning special issues related to the conference in the International Journal of OSS and in the Journal of the AIS. If such issue is accepted, selected authors of papers will be invited to submit revised versions of their papers for consideration for these special issues. At least one author of each conference paper will be required to register for the conference and to come to the conference to present the paper. All participants at the conference will be required to register and to pay the registration fee.

Conference Officers

General Chair
Tony Wasserman Carnegie-Mellon University USA
Program Chairs
Cornelia Boldyreff University of Lincoln UK
Kevin Crowston Syracuse University USA
Organizing Chair
Björn Lundell University of Skövde Sweden

Advisory committee

Brian Fitzgerald LERO - Irish Software Engineering Research Centre Ireland
Walt Scacchi University of California, Irvine USA
Ernesto Damiani University of Milan Italy
Giancarlo Succi Free University of Bozen/Bolzano Italy

Program committee

Pär J. Ågerfalk Uppsala University Sweden
Andrea Bonaccorsi Universita' di Pisa Italy
Andrea Capiluppi University of Lincoln UK
Antonio Cerone United Nations University Macau SAR China
Gabriella Coleman New York University USA
Jean Michel Dalle Marie Curie University France
Ernesto Damiani University of Milan Italy
Paul A. David Stanford/Oxford University USA/UK
Chris DiBona Google USA
Justin Erenkrantz Apache Software Foundation USA
Joseph Feller University College Cork Ireland
Daniel German University of Victoria Canada
Rishab Aiyer Ghosh MERIT Netherlands
Jesus Gonzalez-Barahona Universidad Rey Juan Carlos Spain
Stefan Haefliger ETH Zurich Switzerland
Ewa Huebner University of Western Sydney Australia
Joachim Henkel Technische Universitat Munchen Germany
James Herbsleb Carnegie-Mellon University USA
Scott Hissam Software Engineering Institute CMU USA
James Howison Syracuse University/CMU USA
Chris Jensen University of California, Irvine USA
Stefan Koch University of Economics and BA Austria
Derrick Kourie University of Pretoria South Africa
Jean Pierre Laisne OW2 France
Greg Madey Notre Dame University USA
Herwig Mannaert University of Antwerp Belgium
Pentti Marttin Nokia Siemens Networks Finland
Martin Michlmayr HP Austria
Steven Muegge Carleton University Canada
Mahmoud R. Nasr King Fahd University Saudi Arabia
John Noll Santa Clara University USA
Bülent Özel Instanbul Bilgi University Turkey
Witold Pedrycz University of Alberta Canada
Paolo Massimo Pumilia-Gnarini Animat Association Italy
Dirk Riehle SAP Labs USA
Gregorio Robles Universidad Rey Juan Carlos Spain
Cristina Rossi Lamastra Politecnico di Milano Italy
Francesco Rullani Copenaghen Business School Denmark
Craig Russell Sun USA
Barbara Russo Free University of Bozen/Bolzano Italy
Walt Scacchi University of California, Irvine USA
Barbara Scozzi Politecnico di Bari Italy
Gregory Simmons University of Ballarat Australia
Sandra Slaughter Georgia Institute of Technology USA
Diomidis Spinellis Athens University of Economics and Business Greece
Giancarlo Succi Free University of Bozen/Bolzano Italy
Robert Sutor IBM USA
Megan Squire Elon University USA
Frank van der Linden Philips The Netherlands
Georg von Krogh ETH Zurich Switzerland

IFIP Working Group on Open Source Software - IFIP WG 2.13

Web Master
Henrik Gustavsson University of Skövde Sweden


  • April 17th, 2009

    Additional information about the tutorial has been added.

  • March 31st, 2009

    The program has been added to the menu.

  • March 20th, 2009

    The US National Science Foundation will support travel and attendance for a diverse group of US PhD students to participate in the international doctoral consortium at the OSS2009 conference. For further information, please contact Prof. Kevin Crowston

  • February 25th, 2009

    Added new abstracts and titles for keynotes

  • February 5th, 2009

    Added a link to registration page

  • January 20th, 2009

    The review and submission pages have been moved to a better equipped server at Syracuse. Please contact the webmaster if there are any problems with submitting reviews.

  • January 15th, 2009

    Added a new section about the OSS2009 Workshops

  • November 30th, 2008

    Added a flyer and bios for each of the two keynote speakers

  • November 3rd, 2008

    Updated information on travel and conference venue to include estimate of cost for participation.

  • October 20th, 2008

    Submission link added to author kit page

  • October 10th, 2008

    Updated author kit with information from Springer

  • August 26th, 2008

    Call for papers published