WikiSym + OpenSym 2013 General Call for Submissions (Papers)

WikiSym, the 9th International Symposium on Wikis and Open Collaboration
OpenSym, the 2013 International Symposium on Open Collaboration

August 5-7, 2013 | Hong Kong, China

ACM In-cooperation with SIGWEB and SIGSOFT.

About the Conference

The 2013 Joint International Symposium on Open Collaboration (WikiSym + OpenSym 2013) is the premier conference on open collaboration research, including wikis and social media, Wikipedia, free, libre, and open source software, open access, open data and open government research. WikiSym is in its 9th year and will be complemented by OpenSym, a new conference on open collaboration research and an adjunct to the successful WikiSym conference series.

WikiSym + OpenSym 2013 is the first conference to bring together the different strands of open collaboration research, seeking to create synergies and inspire new research between computer scientists, social scientists, legal scholars, and everyone interested in understanding open collaboration and how it is changing the world.

WikiSym + OpenSym 2013 will be held in Hong Kong, China, on August 5-7, 2013.

Research Paper Call for Submissions

The joint conference will contain peer-reviewed research tracks on

  • Open collaboration (wikis, social media, etc.) research (WikiSym 2013), chaired by Jude Yew of National University of Singapore
  • Wikipedia research (WikiSym 2013), chaired jointly by Heather Ford and Mark Graham of the Oxford Internet Institute at the University of Oxford
  • Free, libre, and open source software research (OpenSym 2013), chaired jointly by Jesus M. Gonzalez-Barahona and Gregorio Robles of Universidad Rey Juan Carlos
  • Open access, data, and government research (OpenSym 2013), chaired by Anne Fitzgerald of Queensland University of Technology

Research papers present integrative reviews or original reports of substantive new work: theoretical, empirical, and/or in the design, development and/or deployment of novel concepts, systems, and mechanisms. Research papers will be reviewed by a research track program committee to meet rigorous academic standards of publication. Papers will be reviewed for relevance, conceptual quality, innovation and clarity of presentation.

Each track has its own call for papers, which you can find on this site. Submission deadline is April 2, 2013 / May 17, 2013 (March 17, 2013)..

Authors, whose submitted papers have been accepted for presentation at the conference have a choice of

  • having their paper become part of the official proceedings, archived in the ACM Digital Library,
  • having their paper become part of an extended web-only proceedings on and,
  • having no publication incident at all but only the presentation at the conference.

WikiSym + OpenSym seeks to accommodate the needs of the different research disciplines it draws on.

Doctoral Symposium Call for Submissions

WikiSym + OpenSym seeks to explore the synergies between all strands of open collaboration research. Thus, we will have one doctoral symposium, in which Ph.D. students from different disciplines can present their work and receive feedback from senior faculty and their peers.

The call for papers for the doctoral symposium can be found at and Submission deadline is April 19, 2013.

Community Track Call for Submissions

WikiSym + OpenSym is also seeking submissions for experience reports (long and short), tutorials, workshops, panels, non-research posters, and demos. Such work accepted for presentation or performance at the conference is considered part of the community track. It will be put into the proceedings in a community track section; authors can opt-out of the publication, as with research papers.

The call for submissions to the community track can be found at and Submission deadline is May 17, 2013.

The WikiSym + OpenSym Conference Experience

WikiSym + OpenSym 2013 will be held in Hong Kong on August 5-7, 2013. Research paper presentations and community presentations and performances will be accompanied by keynotes, invited speakers, and a social program in one of the most vibrant cities on this planet.
The open space track is a key ingredient of the event that distinguishes WikiSym + OpenSym 2013 from other conferences. It is an integral part of the program that makes it easy to talk to other researchers and to stretch your imagination and conversations beyond the limits of your own subdiscipline, exposing you to the full breadth of open collaboration research. The open space track is entirely participant-organized, is open for everyone, and requires no submission or review.

The conference is organized (general chairs) by

  • Ademar Aguiar of Universidade do Porto,
  • Dirk Riehle of Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg, and
  • Waltraut Ritter of City University of Hong Kong.

Feel free to contact us with any questions you might have.

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