Doctoral Consortium at OpenSym 2019

For whom is this?

  • You are working towards a PhD in one of OpenSym’s topic areas: free/libre/open source software, open data, IT-driven open innovation, open collaboration, or wikis;
  • you have been working on this for at least a few months; you have at least a (perhaps preliminary) research question and some ideas on methods and feasibility;
  • you will have to work on this for at least another few months; there is still some flexibility in the outcome.

What is this?

The doctoral consortium is an opportunity to get feedback on your ideas and/or work-so-far from experts and doctoral candidates within and outside your own discipline.

How does it work?

  • You write a short exposé on your work as described in the Call for Papers page.
  • You as submit as PDF-files attached to an email to on or before 9 May 2019, AoE.
  • You will be notified of acceptance or rejection on 15 May 2019.
    (we do not expect the doctoral consortium to be very selective; we expect to reject primarily submissions that are off-topic or have too little content to allow helpful discussion).
  • If accepted, you should submit a final version of your submission on or before 26 June 2019, again to
  • If accepted, you come and present your topic and work
    (details on this can be found below; do not forget that we are not topic specialists, so make sure you explain such that an interdisciplinary audience can follow).
  • We all discuss your topic and work.
  • You leave with plenty of good new ideas how to improve your work.

When and where?

The doctoral consortium takes place on Monday, 19 August 2019 (that is, the day before OpenSym 2019 will begin) at University of Skövde, Room G111 in building G, Skövde.

The format of each slot is: 20 minutes presentation, 20 minutes discussion of this topic (including specific methods), 20 minutes discussion beyond this topic (including methods in general). A projector (VGA & HDMI) will be available. Please bring your own laptop.

Agenda för doctoral consortium

10:00-10:30 Walk-in coffee
10:30-11:00 Invited presentation by Andrew Katz (in room G110)
11:00-11:30 Introduction to the DC
11:30-12:30 Session 1
12:30-13:30 Lunch
13:30-14:30 Session 2
14:30-15:00 Coffee break
15:00-16:00 Session 3
16:00-16:30 Summary by the DC organisers
16:30 End

Doctoral consortium chairs

Joseph Feller and Benjamin Mako Hill

Financial support

Thanks to the generous support from the TOTO project (University College Cork, Ireland) which is funded by the Lewis Charitable Foundation (USA), we have the pleasure to offer PhD students that have registered for participation in the main OpenSym 2019 event, and that also qualify to participate in the doctoral consortium, the opportunity to apply for financial support to cover the registration cost (900 SEK) for the doctoral consortium. After you have registered as a PhD student in the main conference please provide details (by email) concerning your participation in the doctoral consortium to