Call for Papers: Open Access, Open Data, and Open Government Research Track at WikiSym + OpenSym 2013

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. Archived in the ACM Digital Library.

Research paper submission deadline: May 17, 2013 (March 17, 2013).

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. Read more about the conference at


Recent years have seen a huge growth in demand worldwide for Open Access to an extensive range of materials, across a broad range of sectors. The online environment and digital technologies provide unprecedented opportunities for information sharing and collaboration, in both developed and developing countries.

At present, much attention is focused on facilitating access to and reuse of public sector information, government data, research outputs (publications and data), educational resources, legal information (legislation and judgments), spatial and location information, and cultural works.


The following types of submissions are invited:

  • Long research papers (5 to 10 pages)
  • Short research papers (1 to 4 pages)
  • Research posters (1 to 2 pages)
  • Research presentations (1 to 10 pages)

Research papers present integrative reviews or original reports of substantive new theoretical or empirical work. Research papers will be reviewed by the research track program committee to meet rigorous academic standards of publication. Papers will be reviewed for relevance, conceptual quality, innovation and clarity of presentation. They must be written in English. At least one author of accepted papers is required to attend the conference in order to present the paper.

Research presentations present integrative reviews or original reports of substantive new theoretical or empirical work. This is a new format is specifically aimed at the requirements of social science researchers enabling those researchers to use WikiSym + OpenSym 2013 (WS+OS) as a pre-publication venue before journal publication. Only the abstracts of these papers will be published as part of the proceedings thus leaving open the opportunity for journal publication at a later date. Research presentations will be reviewed by the research track program committee to meet rigorous academic standards just like research papers.

Research posters enable researchers to present late-breaking research results, significant research work in progress, or research work that is best communicated in conversation. WS+OS’s lively poster sessions let conference attendees exchange ideas one-on-one with authors, and let authors discuss their work in detail with those attendees most deeply interested in the topic. Successful applicants will display their posters, up to 1x2m in size, at a special session during the event.

Submissions for experience reports (long and short), tutorials, workshops, panels, non-research posters, and demos are also sought but are handled through the community track, please see the community track call for submissions. Submissions to WS+OS’s Doctoral Symposium are also sought but are handled separately, please see the doctoral symposium call for submissions.

Submissions should follow the standard ACM SIG proceedings format. For advice and templates, please see All papers must conform at time of submission to the formatting instructions and must not exceed the page limits, including all text, references, appendices and figures. All submissions must in PDF format.

All papers and posters should be submitted electronically by email to the research track chair, Anne Fitzgerald, see below.


  • Submission: May 17, 2013 (March 17, 2013)
  • Notification to authors: June, 2013
  • Camera-ready: June, 2013

As long as it is March 17 somewhere on earth, your submission will be accepted.


Reseach Track Chairs

  • Anne Fitzgerald, Faculty of Law, Queensland University of Technology, Australia

  • Neale Hooper, Faculty of Law, Queensland University of Technology, Australia

Program Committee Members

  • Chris Corbin, Independent Consultant on Public Sector Information Policy, United Kingdom
  • Tyng-Ruey Chuang, Academia Sinica, Taiwan
  • Haswira Hashim, Faculty of Law, MARA University of Technology, Malaysia
  • Tracey Lauriault, Geomatics and Cartographic Research Centre, Carleton University, Canada
  • Rami Olwan, College of Business Administration, University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
  • Marta Poblet, UAB Institute of Law and Technology, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain
  • Ina Schieferdecker, Fraunhofer FOKUS and Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
  • Chunyan Wang, Renmin University of China Law School, P.R. China

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