OpenSym 2016 Call for Papers

OpenSym 2016, the 12th International Symposium on Open Collaboration

August 17-19, 2016 | Berlin, Germany

Research paper submission deadline is April 8th, 2016. Submit now!

About the Conference

The 12th International Symposium on Open Collaboration (OpenSym 2016) is the premier conference on open collaboration research and practice, including open source, open data, open education, wikis and related social media, Wikipedia, and IT-driven open innovation research.

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

OpenSym 2016 will be held in Berlin, Germany, on August 17-19, 2016.

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

The research paper submission deadline is March 25th April 8th, 2016.

Research Track Call for Submissions

The conference provides peer-reviewed research tracks on

  • Free, libre, and open source software research, chaired by Stephan Koch, Boğaziçi Üniversitesi, and Daniel German, University of Victoria. (More information.)
  • Open data research, chaired by Dirk Riehle, Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg, and Ina Schieferdecker, Fraunhofer FOKUS and TU Berlin. (More Information.)
  • Open education research, chaired by Astrid Wichmann, Ruhr-University Bochum, and Johannes Moskaliuk, University of Tübingen. (More information.)
  • IT-driven open innovation research, chaired by Albrecht Fritzsche, Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, and Srinivasan R, Indian Institute of Management Bangalore. (More information.)
  • Wikipedia and Wikimedia research, chaired by Claudia Müller-Birn, Freie Universität Berlin, and Benjamin Mako Hill, University of Washington (More information.)
  • Open collaboration (wikis, social media, etc.) research, chaired by Oscar Diaz, Universidad del Pais Vasco, and Dirk Riehle, Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg. (More information.)

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 at Submission deadline is March 25th April 8th, 2016.

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 no publication record at all but only the presentation at the conference.

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

Doctoral Symposium Call for Submissions

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

The doctoral symposium is lead by Lutz Prechelt, Freie Universität of Berlin.

The call for papers for the doctoral symposium can be found at our website. Submission deadline is March 25th April 8th, 2016.

Industry and Community Track Call for Submissions

OpenSym is also seeking submissions for experience reports (long and short), tutorials, workshops, panels, industry and community 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 industry and community track is lead by Simon Dückert of Cogneon GmbH and Lorraine Morgan of Maynooth University.

The call for submissions to the community track can be found at our website. The first submission deadline is April 22nd, 2016. A second submission deadline for late-comers (at the risk of not getting a seat) is June 2nd, 2016.

The OpenSym Conference Experience

OpenSym 2016 will be held in Berlin on August 17-19, 2016. Research 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 OpenSym from other conferences. It is an integral part of the program that makes it easy to talk to other researchers and practitioners 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.

Conference Organization

The general chair of the conference is Anthony “Tony” Wasserman, CMU Silicon Valley.

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

The conference committee can be found at