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About ademar.aguiar

I'm Assistant Professor at FEUP and researcher at INESC Porto.

Wikis4SE: Workshop on “Wikis for Software Engineering”

Wikis provide a very effective environment for collaborative authoring of web-based documents, and are thus intensively used to support the edition, organization and storage of software documentation.

But wikis can do more.

They may be used to support other software engineering activities and even to inspire new ways of developing software.

This workshop focuses precisely on the usage of wikis to support software engineering activities, to improve team collaboration and communication in software projects, and on identifying the open issues requiring research and development to yield an even wider usage and better integration of wikis with other software engineering tools and infrastructures.

In last edition of the workshop, at ICSE’2009, Ward Cunningham challenged the participants (by video) to think/discover/idealize how wikis and tools should be like to enable software development to follow the wiki’s philosophy.

Following the insightful discussion then started, we plan to continue it at WikiSym 2009, in a very open and informal way, so that everybody interested in this topic may attend, contribute and benefit from it.

More details in the Wikis4SE wiki (external link).

If you have interest on contributing to this challenge, join us!

Ademar Aguiar, Nuno Flores, and Paulo Merson

Monday, October 26th, 13h30-17h00, Room Fantasia A

Advance Registration: still open until 1st September!

By request of several participants, we will keep the advance registration open until 1st September.

After that, you can register onsite. Contact us, if you need anything else.

WikiSym 2008 Program: build your own conference schedule!

WikiSym 2008 @ FEUP

Two weeks before WikiSym 2008 is the right time for you to start “cooking” your own conference program. Following are some of the “ingredients” for you to use on your own “recipe”.

OpenSpace: 21 hours of conference space for you to lead!

All the WikiSym 2008 conference program is wrapped by an OpenSpace track: starting from the conference opening, morning news, four sessions per day (6 hours/day), evening news, and ending with the conference closing. A total of 18 hours for you to organize your own sessions, on your topics of interest and meet others sharing the same interests. The OpenSpace program will always be open until the end of the conference, but you can start thinking on this space to use it for your own needs.

Keynotes and Talks: George P. Landow, Steward Nickolas, and Dan Ingalls

Three inspiring talks from our invited speakers will be strong points of the conference aiming to provide us three different perspectives and insights to challenge our thinking and how we decide, our interests, and our passions.

Tutorials: 4 short tutorials for you to attend them all in a row!

If you are always uncertain about which tutorials to choose to attend, WikiSym 2008 Tutorials will help you. No need to choose! A set of short four tutorials (90 min/each), all scheduled in a row, on the first day, will offer you the chance to learn classic and cutting edge topics, from the most experienced presenters worldwide on the topic!

After the tutorials end, you will be able to go deeper on the topic in the OpenSpace.

Easy, just take the initiative and propose a session with the presenter!

Workshops: 3 different ones to choose from…

Workshops are always very fun and highly interactive events, where
groups of researchers and practitioners meet to bring, discuss, and try to
solve challenging problems.

If you didn’t submitted a position paper or any other contribution, you are welcome anyway. Your opinion is always valuable for the workshop! Each workshop has each its own schedule, but they will happen on Monday, all day.

Research Track: 20 papers organized in 6 different sessions

A rigorous selection of research papers describing substantiated new research or
novel technical results, will help advance the state of the art, or report on
significant experience.


The schedule panel will offer a unique forum to spotlight emerging issues on end-user programming with wikis. It is expected to tackle controversial topics head-on in a relaxed and highly interactive way, where each one has a voice.

Posters and Demos: a very rich set this year!

A rich set of selected posters will provide an excellent forum for authors to present their work in an informal and interactive setting. Demonstrations will complement posters or not and will provide you an opportunity to show your latest work to an experienced audience.

If you didn’t submitted your work, don’t worry, we will try to find a place for you in the rooms!

WikiFest: come learn how to grow a successful wiki!

WikiFest is a new conference session, starting this year’s edition, devoted to helping you start and grow a successful wiki. Come and learn with those that succeeded on the wikis they deployed.

DoctoralSpace: pursuing a PhD on wikis? This is for you!

The DoctoralSpace is an interactive forum for doctoral students to provide guidance on their doctoral work. Students close to their dissertation completion submitted their work and will discuss it in the forum. Students beginning their research are especially invited to attend.

Social and Special Events

Between all the conference sessions, WikiSym 2008 will provide you many opportunities for you to gather with your peers, meet your friends, make new ones, socialize and find common interests in an informal way. The Special Event will provide you an intensive visit to some of the most important points of interest of Porto and its riverfront. Unforgettable!!!

WikiWalk: know more of Porto and be challenged by Wiki practitioners!

If you are still in Porto in the morning of Thursday, September 11, you need to participate in the WikiWalk.

We’ll take the wiki way into the historic streets of Porto, joining with Porto’s vibrant intellectual and Web communities to explore the city and its networked art and media.

At the start of the day, we’ll discuss topics of particular interest — including new topics raised at WikiSym — over cups of strong Portuguese coffee. And then we’ll walk through interesting parts of Porto, perhaps visiting some notable Web studios, bookstores, cafés, notable buildings, and other venues of new and old media.

Inspired by the very successful BlogWalk meetings, WikiWalk extends the international symposium to the community and brings conferees out of the lecture hall for more casual and spontaneous discussion.

What else? Lots…

Yes, you will add lots to WikiSym 2008 program! Get ready!

Or as you will hear many times on Sunday, 7th September, in the riverfront:

“Smoke on!”


Ademar Aguiar

Register Early! Register before 20th July!

Early Registration for WikiSym 2008 is possible until 20th July. By registering early you save your money and you also help us organize a better WikiSym 2008 Conference Program.

Advance registration will be possible until 25th August. After that, only onsite registrations are accepted.


Submission System is Now Open!

Due May 10th:

  • Research papers and practitioner reports: submit to cyberchair
  • Workshops and panels: submit to
  • Tutorials: submit to

Due June 11th:

  • Demos and posters: submit to
  • DoctoralSpace proposals: submit to
  • WikiFest submissions: submit to

WikiSym 2008: Call For Submissions

The WikiSym 2008 conference web site was launched! Information about important dates, submissions, and the venue is already there. Call for Papers letters will be sent out soon to your mailboxes.