Call for Tutorials

Submissions of tutorials are solicited for the "Third International Conference on Open Source Systems, OSS2007", to be held in Limerick, Ireland from the 11th to the 14th of June 2007.

Free and Open Source Software (OSS) development continues to emerge, grow, and spread as a global phenomenon that spans and connects culture, technology, and organization. OSS is one of the most exciting and controversial technologies of modern times that is stimulating scholarly research and popular debate in many disciplines. OSS research studies are now found in diverse disciplines including anthropology, economics, education, law, management of technology, organization science, political science, public policy, sociology, and the visual and performing arts, as well as computer supported cooperative work, human-computer interaction, information systems, and software engineering. Such diversity gives rise to recognizing OSS as an interdisciplinary information technology that both depends on and stimulates social relationships in the organizations and project communities that develop, deploy, and adapt OSS.

The goal of OSS2007 is to provide an international forum where a diverse audience of OSS researchers and practitioners can come together to examine the culture, technology, and organization of OSS systems, work practices, development processes, community dynamics, tools and applications.

OSS2007 will bring together people from academia, industry, and public administration to share their experiences, ideas, and concerns, as well as provide an archival source of important papers addressing OSS topics within or across disciplines. The conference will consist of research papers presentations, workshops, tutorials, panels, and project demonstrations.

Tutorial Topics

Tutorial proposals are expected to stress innovative practical applications of OSS, as well as methodological issues. Possible tutorial topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Software engineering experience in OSS development, e.g.,
    • OSS processes, practices, tools
    • Testing and assuring OSS quality
    • Maintaining high quality OSS documentation
    • Mining and analyzing OSS project repositories
    • Selecting and adopting OSS components
  • Case studies of OSS deployment, e.g.,
    • OSS in embedded systems and industrial informatics
    • e-Learning
    • OSS in the public sector: Government, Health Care or Defense
  • Economics and business drivers of OSS, e.g.,
    • Economic analysis of OSS
    • OSS and intellectual property regimes

Important Deadlines

January 23rd, 2007 Submissions of proposals for tutorials
February 20th, 2007 Notification of acceptance

Tutorial Schedule

Tutorials accepted for inclusion in OSS2007 will be conducted on the 14th of June, 2007.

Instructions for the Submission

Proposals for tutorials are limited to one A4 page. Proposals should clearly evidence the relevance of the proposal for OSS2007, and the contribution it could convey to the event.

Each submission should have as an attachment:

  • 1-2 page bio(s) of each tutorial presenter, for each please include
    • name(indicate contact name for the main tutorial contact)
    • email address
    • affiliation
    • postal address
    • biography indicating presenters expertiseand experience in the subject matter
  • 1-2 page tutorial synopsis
    • name of the tutorial
    • abstract (no more than 200 words)
    • topic keywords (up to 5)
    • expertise level of the tutorial (i.e., beginner, intermediate, advanced)
    • expected attendee background
    • target audience (i.e., researchers, practitioners, managers)
    • tutorial objectives
    • full or half day format
      • indicate (Yes/No) if the tutorial can be shortened to half day or lengthened to full day if requested
    • presentation history (indicate name of venue, date, number of attendees, summary of reviews)

Submission Process

Submissions should be sent as a .sxw (OpenOffice), .doc, .rtf, .pdf or LATEX email attachments by the deadline to: Ernesto Damiani (damiani at dti dot unimi dot it).

Each submission should have as an attachment:

  • 1 Proposal, A4 Page, single column
  • 1-2 Bios, A4 page, single column
  • 1-2 Synopsis, A4 page, single column

all 12pt Times Roman, 1.5 line spacing.

Call for Tutorials in TXT format.


  • Apr 30 2007

    Program Updated.

  • Apr 30 2007

    Panels inserted.

  • Apr 18, 2007

    Workshop FOSLET '07 has been canceled.

  • Apr 16, 2007

    Program published.

  • Dec 15, 2006

    Conference Registration System is now opened.

  • Dec 11, 2006

    Paper Submission extended to Jan 19th, 2007.

  • Nov 17, 2006

    Paper Submission is now open.

  • Aug 21, 2006

    Oss 2007 web site released.