Call for Applications: Doctoral Symposium 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

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Doctoral symposium paper submission deadline: April 19, 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


The WikiSym + Openym 2013 Doctoral Symposium is a forum in which Ph.D. students can meet and discuss their work with each other and a panel of experienced researchers and practitioners. The symposium will be held on August 4 in Hong Kong.

We encourage participation from all doctoral students doing work related to open collaboration, regardless of their academic discipline. Relevant disciplines include (but are not limited to) computer science, sociology, psychology, anthropology, law, information science, cognitive science, rhetoric, communications, and economics.

Applicants should be Ph.D. students with a clear focus or programme of research. This workshop will help to strengthen and sharpen the research focus and implementation, rather than generate specific ideas for research. Preference will be given to students who already have begun their dissertations and are within two years of graduation.

The Symposium committee will select 8-10 participants. Participants will present their work at the Symposium; each student presentation will be followed by feedback from a faculty mentor and extensive group discussion.

Feel free to email the chair with any questions.


Applicants should submit the following items:

  • A two-page overview of your doctoral research that describes your research question, any work in progress, and expected contributions of the dissertation as well as expectations for this doctoral symposium. This overview should begin with an abstract of no more than 100 words.
  • A half page biographical sketch, and a short paragraph about your current supervisor including contact information:
    • An up-to-date curriculum vita.
    • Optionally, one publication as an indicator of your progress in your research.

Please submit all relevant material in a single PDF document.

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.

The application should be submitted electronically through EasyChair using the following URL:


  • Submission: April 19, 2013
  • Notification to applicants: May 17, 2013
  • Camera-ready: June 9, 2013
  • Doctoral Symposium: August 4, 2013

As long as it is April 19 somewhere on earth, your submission will be accepted.



Nicolas Jullien, Institut Mines-Télécom, Télécom Bretagne (


Anne Fitzgerald, Law School, Queensland University of Technology

Jude Yew Choon Loong, Dept of Communications and New Media, National University of Singapore

Jesus M. Gonzalez-Barahona, telecommunication and computer systems department, University Rey Juan Carlos

Additional Faculty Mentors will be announced within two months of the event, and students will be notified who is their Symposium mentor.

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