IT-Driven Open Innovation Research Track

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 researchers and practitioners, seeking to create synergies and inspire new collaboration 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. The conference proceedings will be archived in the ACM digital library like all prior editions.

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

The IT-driven Open Innovation Research Track

Open innovation expands the scope of research and development activities for new products and services beyond the boundaries of single company structures. It considers all participants as proactive and self-organized contributors. Information technology plays a huge role in open innovation. Nevertheless, scientific insight into its effect is still rather limited. This opens up a wide field of research in computer science, information systems and adjacent disciplines, including topics such as:

  • Architecture and design of open innovation systems
  • The role of IT-artifacts in open and collaborative innovation activities
  • Implementation of open innovation platforms in corporate IT landscapes
  • Value generation through IT in open innovation
  • Technical drivers and restrainers for open innovation
  • Open innovation and mobile devices
  • Open innovation & network infrastructure, bandwidths and protocols
  • Theoretical frameworks of open innovation as an information processing activity
  • Open innovation and problem solving
  • Multimedia communication and collaboration
  • User interfaces and visualization in open innovation
  • Open innovation and big data
  • IT security, intellectual property and personal anonymity in open innovation
  • Open innovation and software development
  • Open innovation and cyber-physical systems

Submission Information and Instructions

The following types of submissions are invited:

  • Long research papers (max. 10 pages)
  • Short research papers (2 to 4 pages)
  • Research posters (1 to 2 pages)
  • Research-in-progress presentations (max. 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-in-progress presentations, like research papers, present integrative reviews or original reports of substantive new theoretical or empirical work. However, research presentations are a new format specifically aimed at social science researchers who want to use OpenSym 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. OpenSym’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.

The OpenSym website provides more information about the available paper types.

Submissions for experience reports (long and short), tutorials, workshops, panels, non-research posters, and demos are also sought but are handled through the industry and community track, please see the industry and community track call for submissions.

Submissions to OpenSym’s Doctoral Symposium are sought but are handled separately, please see the doctoral symposium call for submissions.

Submissions should follow the standard ACM SIG proceedings format. 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 through EasyChair using the following URL:

Submission and Notification Deadlines

  • Submission deadline: March 25th April 8th, 2016
  • Notification to authors: May 27th, 2016
  • Camera-ready deadline: June 3rd, 2016

As long as it is March 25th April 8th, 2016, somewhere on earth, your submission will be accepted.

Research Track Committee

Committee Chairs

  • Albrecht Fritzsche, Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nürnberg
  • Srinivasan R, Indian Institute of Management Bangalore

Committee Members

  • Bharat Bhaskar, IIM Lucknow
  • Marcel Bogers, University of Copenhagen
  • Johann Füller, University of Innsbruck
  • Jan Marco Leimeister, University of St. Gallen
  • Ann Majchrzak, University of Southern California
  • Frank Piller, RWTH Aachen University
  • Mitchell Tseng, Feng Chia University, Taichung
  • Shankar Venkatagiri, IIM Bangalore
  • Martin Wiener, Bentley University, Waltham