W I K I S Y M 2 0 1 0

The International Symposium on Wikis and Open Collaboration

WikiSym 2010 website (external link)

July 7-8-9 in Gdańsk, Poland.

Co-located with Wikimania 2010 (Intl. Conference on Wikimedia Foundation projects, Wikimania 2010 website (external link)).

Peer-reviewed and archived in the ACM Digital Library.

Important dates

  • March 14 (CLOSED): Submission deadline for research papers.
  • March 28 (CLOSED): Submission deadline proposals, posters, demonstrations, workshops, panels, tutorials.
  • April 5 (CLOSED): Submission deadline for Doctoral Symposium.
  • May 4: Notification of acceptance for research papers.
  • May 11: Notification of acceptance for Doctoral Symposium proposals, posters, workshops, tutorials, panels.
  • July 7-9: WikiSym 2010!


WikiSym, the International Symposium on Wikis and Open Collaboration, will be held this summer in Gdansk, Poland. Starting this year, WikiSym aims to explicitly broaden its scope, exploring not only the thriving wiki community, but also other open movements and open collaboration initiatives. This includes related areas such as open online communities, collaborative creation of multimedia content (with or without wikis), and open journalism and publishing, just to list a few examples.

Furthermore, our goal is to establish WikiSym as a venue for the exchange of information, experiences and practices among an interdisciplinary audience, including researchers, practitioners, industry representatives and experts with a wide variety of different backgrounds.

As a result, WikiSym has established 3 complementary tracks to merge the contributions from such a diverse community:
  • Wiki track: Focused on research in wiki technology, wiki websites, wiki communities, and in general any kind of initiative pivoting around wiki software.
  • Industry track: This new track will focus on the specific needs of enterprises and private companies interested in sharing and promoting their experiences around wikis and open collaboration projects/products/initiatives.
  • Open collaboration track: This track is a dedicated venue for sharing research results and experiences in initiatives that may not be built specifically on wiki software, but share the "wiki way" of organization. These may include open collaborations, open communities, and open movements that allow the interchange of ideas and contributions from participants with a range of interests and motivations.
Research manuscripts may be sent to any of these tracks. However, submitting the same manuscript to more than one track at the same time is not allowed. Therefore, please select the most appropriate track for the topic covered in your manuscript before submitting.

Topics of interest

Given the interdisciplinary nature of wikis and open collaboration initiatives, WikiSym invites contributions in a wide range of fields to any of the 3 available tracks.

Topics of interest: Wiki Track

  • Wiki user experiences, usability, and discourse analysis
  • Reputation systems and quality assurance processes
  • Scalability — social and technical
  • Wiki technologies and implementations
  • Translation and multilingual wiki content
  • Educational applications
  • Wikis for non-textual media (images, video, audio)
  • Content dynamics and wiki evolution
  • Wiki archiving and versioning
  • Wiki administration: dealing with abuse and resolving conflict
  • Wikis and the semantic web, knowledge management and tacit knowledge
  • Wikis for small audiences (departmental and family wikis)
  • Legal issues (copyright, licensing)
  • Visualization of wiki structure

Topics of interest: Industry Track

  • Business opportunities around wikis and open collaboration
  • Best practices to adopt wikis and open collaboration in industry
  • Information disclosure: practices and experiences
  • Community building and support
  • Open publishing and open licensing in the industry
  • Wikis and open collaboration entrepreneurship
  • Coopetition: best practices
  • Interaction and synergies between industries and open communities
  • Open innovation: strategies and experiences for leaders/followers
  • Promotion, support and funding of open collaboration initiatives
  • Knowledge management

Topics of interest: Open Collaboration Track

  • Social software for collaboration and work group processes
  • Open online communities
  • Technologies for networked collaboration
  • Social interactions on the web
  • Open and citizen journalism
  • Social networks
  • Collaborative content creation
  • Distributed development of software
  • Cooperation for problem resolution
  • Information disclosure strategies
  • Open call working environments
  • Crowdsourcing and information synthesis
  • Collaborative multimedia collections
  • Distributed content categorization/tagging
  • Open publishing
  • Commons projects and repositories
  • Distributed selection of content

Research papers

Research papers present integrative reviews or original
reports of substantive new work: theoretical, empirical,
or in the development or deployment of novel systems.
We encourage emphasizing lessons learned and providing a
clear concise message to the audience about the relevance
of the work. The paper must place your work in context
within the field, citing related work and indicating clearly
what aspects of the work are new.

Research papers will be reviewed by the Program Committee
to meet rigorous academic standards of publication.
They should be written in English and must not exceed 10 pages (for full papers) or 4 pages (for short papers). Papers will be reviewed both with respect to conceptual quality and
clarity of presentation. Authors of accepted papers are
expected to attend the conference in order to present the paper.

Accepted submissions will be published in the WikiSym
proceedings and archived in the ACM Digital Library.

Submitted papers should use the ACM SIG Proceedings Format, see: (external link)

Doctoral Symposium

The Doctoral Symposium is an interactive forum for doctoral students to receive present and discuss their doctoral work. Students who are at least one year away from dissertation completion are invited to submit to the Doctoral Symposium. Students beginning their research are especially invited to attend.

To apply for the consortium, submit on the main conference submission system a proposal of approximately 5 pages describing your dissertation research, including:
  • A description of your work
  • The goals---what contributions will your research generate?
  • The approach---what is being performed to achieve the goals? How will results be validated?
Additionally, your adviser must submit a letter of recommendation directly to the Doctoral Consortium chair.

For more details, please see the call for the Doctoral Symposium.


Workshops provide an opportunity for researchers and
practitioners to discuss and learn about topics that require
extended engagement such as new systems, research methods,
standards and formats. A workshop should require participants
to engage with each other for at least half a day. For shorter sessions, please consider WikiSym's open space format. A workshop proposal should consist of approximately two pages describing what you intend to do and how your session will meet the criteria described above. It should include a concise abstract, proposed time frame (half-day, full-day) and one-paragraph biographies of all people relevant to the submission. Workshop proposals will be reviewed and selected for their interest to the community. Each workshop will be allocated a half-day or a full-day and a room.

Please, refer to Submission instructions and Workshops/Tutorials/Demos for additional information.


Panels provide an interactive forum for bringing together
people with interesting points of view to discuss compelling
wiki issues. Panels involve participation from both the
panelists and audience members in a lively discussion.
Proposals for panels should consist of approximately two pages describing what you intend to do and how your session will meet the criteria described above. It should include a concise abstract and one-paragraph biographies of all panelists. A panel submission will be reviewed and selected for their interest to the community. Each panel will be given a 90-minute time slot.

Please, refer to Submission instructions and Workshops/Tutorials/Demos for additional information.


Poster presentations enable researchers to present late-breaking results, significant work in progress, or work that is best communicated in conversation. WikiSym'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.

Poster proposals may describe original research, engineering, or experience reports. Submissions should consist of a two-page extended abstract outlining the content of the poster. Successful applicants will be invited to display a poster, 1x2m in size, at a special plenary session of the Symposium.


Wikis are intended to be used, and no format is better suited for demonstrating the utility of new wiki research and technology than showing and using it. If you would like to demonstrate new features or products, this is the place! Demonstrations give presenters an opportunity to show
running systems and gather feedback. Demo submissions will be reviewed based on their relevance to the community. A submission should be one page in length, with a title and a short description of the demo. The description should include what you plan to demonstrate, what you hope to get out of demoing, and how the audience will benefit. A short
note of any special technical requirements may be included.

Please, refer to Submission instructions and Workshops/Tutorials/Demos for additional information.

How to submit

Please send all submissions in PDF format through our submission system: (external link)

For detailed instructions on the format, length and submission procedure, plese refer to the Submission instructions page

All accepted submissions will be published in the proceedings and archived in the ACM Digital Library.

Submitted work in all categories should use the ACM SIG Proceedings Format, see: (external link)

Questions regarding submissions may be directed at the respective chair using the following email addresses:

  • Research papers (all tracks): jfelipe <at>
  • Workshops: agorbatai <at>
  • Demonstrations/Tutorials: daniel.kinzler <at>
  • Posters: Pattarawan.Prasarnphanich <at>
  • Doctoral Symposium: crowston <at>

General questions should be directed at psayers <at>