Doctoral Symposium Call

OpenSym 2014, the 10th International Symposium on Open Collaboration
WikiSym 2014, the 10th International Symposium on Wikis and Open Collaboration

August 27-29, 2014 | Berlin, Germany

About the Conference

The 10th International Symposium on Open Collaboration (OpenSym 2014) is the premier conference on open collaboration research and practice, including wikis and social media, Wikipedia, free, libre, and open source software, open data, open access, and IT-driven open innovation research.

OpenSym 2014 will be held in Berlin, Germany, on August 27-29, 2014. The OpenSym Doctoral Symposium will be held as a pre-conference event on August 26, 2014.

OpenSym is held in-cooperation with ACM SIGWEB and ACM SIGSOFT. The conference proceedings will be archived in the ACM digital library like all prior editions.

Call for Applications to Doctoral Symposium at OpenSym 2014

Doctoral symposium paper submission deadline: June 18, 2014.

Ph.D. students who are interested in receiving feedback on their dissertation work from professors and other experts can submit a four (4) page summary to the doctoral symposium. There is only one type of submission, the position paper. Applications are reviewed for the possible value their authors would receive when accepted to the doctoral symposium.

Call for Submissions to the Doctoral Symposium at OpenSym 2014

We encourage participation from all doctoral students working on issues discussed at OpenSym, regardless of their academic discipline. Relevant disciplines include (but are not limited to) computer science, sociology, psychology, anthropology, law, information science, cognitive science, management, communications, and economics.

Applicants should be formally enrolled 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 chairs with any questions.

Application Information and Instructions

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 contact information of your current supervisor
  • 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.

The two-page overview should follow the standard ACM SIG proceedings format. For advice and templates, please see Proceedings Templates. 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 and Notification Deadlines

  • Submission deadline: June 18, 2014
  • Notification to authors: June 1527, 2014
  • Camera-ready deadline: July 6, 2014

As long as it is June 18th somewhere on earth, your submission will be accepted.

Doctoral Symposium Committee and Chairs


Leonhard Dobusch, Assistant Professor of Organization Theory, School of Business & Economics, Freie Universität Berlin
Claudia Müller-Birn, Assistant Professor Web Science/Human-Centered Computing, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Freie Universität Berlin


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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