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A multiple case study of small free software businesses as social entrepreneurships

Title: A multiple case study of small free software businesses as social entrepreneurships

Authors: Ann Barcomb (Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg)

Abstract: Free/libre and open source software are frequently described as a single community or movement. The difference between free software and open source ideology may influence founders, resulting in different types of companies being created. Specifically, the relationship between free/libre software ideology and social entrepreneurships is investigated. This paper presents seven case studies of businesses, five of which were founded by people who identify with the free/libre software movement. The result is a theory that small businesses founded by free/libre software advocates have three characteristics of social entrepreneurships. First, social benefit is prioritized over wealth creation. Second, the business’s social mission is not incidental but is furthered through its for-profit activities, rather than supported by the company’s profits. Third, the company’s success is defined in part by the success of its social mission. Free/libre software entrepreneurs who recognize their activities as social entrepreneurships can benefit from the existing literature on the unique challenges faced by socially-oriented businesses.

This contribution to OpenSym 2015 will be made available as part of the OpenSym 2015 proceedings (or companion) on or after August 19, 2015.

WikiSym + OpenSym 2013 Day 3, Phil Bourne on the Era of Open

This final day of WikiSym + OpenSym 2013 opened with a keynote by Phil Bourne, professor at UCSD and co-founding editor of the PLoS journal on computational biology. Key takeaways are that openness has the power to deinstitutionalize science, disrupt trad. academic evaluation, that open access is thriving but needs a business model, and that we need a new research life-cycle.

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Wikisym 2012 Sneak Peeks!

It’s hard to believe we’re just weeks away from Wikisym 2012. In the next few days, I wanted to highlight some content at the conference we’re very excited about. Today, I’m highlighting our closing keynote speaker, Brent Hecht.

Brent is a PhD candidate at Northwestern, and will be starting at the University of Minnesota this coming year. He’s giving a very thoughtful talk on the ways to mine and encourage diversity in user generated content communities. From his abstract:

“It is well known – especially to WikiSym attendees – that Wikipedia articles and other forms of user-generated content (UGC) play a significant role in the everyday lives of average Web users. Outside the public eye, however, UGC has become equally indispensable as a source of world knowledge for vital systems and algorithms in numerous areas of computer science. In this talk, I will demonstrate that UGC reflects the cultural diversity of its contributors to a previously unidentified extent and that this diversity has important implications for millions of Web users and many existing UGC-based technologies. Focusing on Wikipedia, I will show how UGC diversity can be extracted and measured using diversity mining algorithms and techniques from geographic information science. Finally, through two novel applications – Omnipedia and Atlasify – I will highlight the exciting potential for a new class of technologies enabled by the ability to harvest diverse perspectives from UGC.”

Brent’s an engaging speaker, who has wowed crowds at CHI. We’re looking forward to his participation in the coming conference.

WikiSym 2012 – Call for Participation

Hello. This is a formal version of the first call for contributions to WikiSym 2012. It will be also available on the 2012 website, as soon as our new wiki is ready (in short time).

WikiSym 2012 Call for Participation


8th International Symposium on Wikis and Open Collaboration

August 27-29, 2012 | Linz, Austria

The International Symposium on Wikis and Open Collaboration (WikiSym) is the premier conference on open collaboration and related technologies. In 2012, WikiSym celebrates its 8th year of scholarly, technical and community innovation in Linz, Austria.  We are excited this year to be collocated with Ars Electronica, the premier digital art and science meeting that attracts over 35,000 attendees per year.

Submissions are invited for the following categories:

April 13, 2012 [1] Research Papers, Panels, Workshops and Experience Reports
April 27, 2012 [1] Doctoral Symposium
May 30, 2012 Notification of Acceptance for Research Papers, Panels, Workshops and Experience reports
June 13, 2012 Posters and Demos due
June 25, 2012 Posters and Demos announced

[1] As determined at the International Date Line. In other words, as long as it’s still April 13th or April 27 somewhere on Earth, the system will accept your submissions.

See the call for participation for more details on submission requirements, templates, and mechanisms.


WikiViz deadline extended

Hi all.

After receiving several requests to extend the deadline for submitting to WikiViz, the visualization contest co-organized by WikiSym and WMF, the committee has decided to grant this extension.

Therefore, the new deadline to submit your visualizations is August 28. Please note that, for the time being, all other important dates for this contest remain unaltered.

Good luck to all participants. We look forward to meeting you at Mountain View!

PS: As usual, this deadline means that as long as it is August 28 anywhere on Earth your submission will be able to enter the contest.

WikiViz 2011: Data Visualization Challenge

Data visualization is an emerging field of interest in many areas such as journalism, consulting or research. The abundance of digital information, and specially open and publicly available datasets, is boosting inspiration of InfoViz practitioners and enthusiast to surprise us with creative and beautiful visualizations.

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In WikiSym, we have been planning the best way to promote and disseminate interest in this area, considering the advantages of open content, open datasets and open web technologies. Therefore, together with Wikimedia Foundation we decided to co-organized a challenge to ask data/information visualization experts, computational journalists, data artists and data scientists to create the most insightful visualization of open collaboration data. We will also have several partners from design, innovation, and media collaborating with us in this contest.

The rules, schedule and topic of this year’s challenge will be published very soon. A committee of recognized InfoViz experts will review all submissions to select a winner and 2 finalists, who will be able to attend WikiSym 2011 next October at Microsoft Research Silicon Valley to present their creations and receive their awards.

To learn more about this challenge, you can visit the WikiViz page on the WikiSym 2011 website, or follow us on Twitter.

Deadline extended for posters and demos

You asked, we listened.

Again, we have received many requests for extra time to complete submissions. Thus, please note that the deadline for posters and demos has been extended to Friday, May 20. As usual, this deadline is considered as Apia time (that is, as long as it is May 20 somewhere on Earth, you will be able to submit your work).

Please, follow the submission instructions from the conference website.

Deadline Extension!

You asked, we listened.

The conference committee has had several requests for a bit of extra time – so please note that the deadline for research papers, experience reports, workshops and panels has been moved back to Monday April 4th. As long as it’s Monday , April 4 somewhere on Earth, the system will accept your submissions. See the WikiSym 2011 site for submission instructions.

Happy writing!


WikiSym 2011 submission process is open

The submission site for WikiSym 2011 is now open to receive your contributions.

Please, make sure that you check the submission instructions carefully before sending your works. There are specific guidelines and document formats that authors must consider for each category.

We look forward to seeing you in Silicon Valley!

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Presenting WikiSym 2011 website

Hi all!

Christmas is ahead of us and we just received a wonderful gift. A few hours ago, we have just launched our brand new WikiSym 2011 website. You may have also noticed our new banner on top of this parent site and… the awesome logo for next year!. We will provide some promotional artwork (short and long banners) very soon, so that you can help us spread the word.

We also started the main campaign to find out sponsors. If you want to consider becoming a WikiSym 2011 sponsor, you should visit the sponsors page and also read our invitation to sponsors.