International Symposium on Open Collaboration (OpenSym)*

International Symposium on Open Collaboration (OpenSym)*

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The International Symposium on Open Collaboration (OpenSym), formerly WikiSym – International Symposium on Wikis and Open Collaboration and International Symposium on Wikis, resp., is an annual conference series dedicated to open collaboration research and practice. It is the premier conference on open collaboration and related technologies for researchers, industry, entrepreneurs and practitioners worldwide.

A conference with research, community, Doctoral Symposium, and Open Space track as well as workshops and tutorials.

Conference History:

16th OpenSym 2020 – International Symposium on Open Collaboration, 26-27 August 2020, Madrid, Spain Virtual venue
(In-cooperation with ACM SIGSOFT and SIGWEB; Host: Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Departamento de Sistemas Telemáticos y Computación (GSyC))

    Workshops: Doctoral Consortium (originally it was scheduled for Aug 24)

    Tracks: New Ideas and Emerging Research (NIER) track (CANCELLED); Journal-First track (CANCELLED); Research Track

    Research Paper Sessions (each with Roundtable): Open Research; Writing Wikipedia; Open Source; Editing Wikipedia; Open Organizations; Diversity and Bias

    Keynotes: Rishab A. Ghosh – journalist, computer scientist, Open-source software advocate and software entrepreneur

Note: The conference was scheduled for 25–27 August 2020

15th OpenSym 2019 – International Symposium on Open Collaboration, August 20-22, 2019, University of Skövde, Skövde, Sweden
(In-cooperation with ACM SIGSOFT and SIGWEB; Host: University of Skövde, School of Informatics)

    Pre-conference Workshops (Aug 19): Doctoral Consortium

    Tracks: Research Track; Industry & Community Track; Open session / Research Hackathon / Posters

    Keynotes: Healthy open collaboration in and beyond the software domain; Designing a licence for open collaboration: insights from development and use of the CERN Open Hardware Licence; Open data in research on humans – promises and challenges

    Co-located events: “Sustainable digitization: Opportunities and obstacles” Conference, Aug 19 (CANCELLED)

14th OpenSym 2018 – International Symposium on Open Collaboration, 22-24 August, 2018, Télécom SudParis, Paris, France
(In-cooperation with ACM SIGSOFT and SIGWEB; Host: Télécom SudParis, Computer Science Department (INF), Institut Mines-Télécom (IMT))

    Pre-conference Workshops (Aug 21): Doctoral Symposium

    Tracks: Research Track; Industry & Community Track; Open session / Research Hackathon / Posters

    Research Paper Sessions: The technical challenges of studying socio-technical systems; Sustainability; Open Source and Open Collaboration at Work; Measuring Open projects’ Value; User Dynamics in FLOSS/Wikipedia; Participation in Open Communities; Open Collaboration for Science and Education; Managing and Coordinating Open knowledge Collaboration Projects;

    Keynotes: Challenges and opportunities for open collaboration; Qualitative and quantitative studies and Wikipedia: A discussion; Collaboration and Security: solving hard problems users and organizations face

13th OpenSym 2017 – International Symposium on Open Collaboration, 23-25 August, 2017, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland
(In-cooperation with ACM SIGSOFT and SIGWEB; Host: National University of Ireland, Computer Science and Information Systems Department and Lero – the Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre for Software)

    Pre-conference Workshops (Aug 22): Doctoral Symposium (invitation only)

    Workshops: Open Space

    Tracks: Research Track; Industry & Community Track; Poster Session

    Keynotes: Crowdsourcing and Galaxy Zoo; Open: What? So What? Now What?; Inner Source at Paypal; Crowdfunding: He Who Pays the Piper Calls the Tune; Creating Employee Networks that Deliver Open Innovation

12th OpenSym 2016 – International Symposium on Open Collaboration, 17-19 August, 2016, Fraunhofer FOKUS, Berlin, Germany
(In-cooperation with ACM SIGSOFT and SIGWEB; Host: Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems (FOKUS))

    Pre-conference Workshops (Aug 16): Doctoral Symposium (invitation only)

    Workshops: Open Space; Health & Play – Addressing Together the Challenges of Creating Open Source Standards

    Tracks: Research Track; Industry & Community Track

    Research Paper Sessions: Free, Libre, and Open Source Software (FLOSS); Open Innovation; Open Collaboration; Open Data; Community Track; Wikipedia; Open Education; Posters and Demos

    Keynotes: Truly Open OER: What the Open Education Movement Can Learn from Open Source’s Success; GNU Health: A Free/Libre Community-based Health Information System; Good Citizenship is Good Business: Open Source, Sustainable Development and the Corporate Bottom Line; Politics of Cooption in Free and Open Communities; Urban Data Platforms

11th OpenSym 2015 – International Symposium on Open Collaboration, 19-21 August, 2015, San Francisco, USA
(In-cooperation with ACM SIGSOFT and SIGWEB; Host: University of California at Berkley, Haas School of Business)

    Workshops: Open Space; Doctoral Symposium (invitation only)

    Tracks: Research Track; Industry & Community Track

    Research Paper Sessions: Free, Libre, and Open Source Software (FLOSS); IT-driven Open Innovation; Wikis and Open Collaboration; Open Data; Open Educational Resources (Community Track); Wikipedia; Posters and Demos

    Keynotes: Artificial Sentiment: Using Machines to Manage Public Sentiment on Social Media; Barriers and Pathways to Successful Collaboration; Applying Machine Learning to Programs; Collaborative Authoring, Evolution, and Personalization for a “Transdisciplinary” Textbook

    Site Visits: Wiki Education Foundation

10th OpenSym (WikiSym) 2014 – International Symposium on Open Collaboration, 27-29 August, 2014, Fraunhofer FOKUS, Berlin, Germany
OpenSym (WikiSym) 2014, the 10th International Symposium on Open Collaboration; WikiSym 2014, the 10th International Symposium on Wikis and Open Collaboration
(In-cooperation with ACM SIGSOFT and SIGWEB; Host: Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems (FOKUS))

    Workshops: Open Space; World Cafe

    Tutorials: Wagn: co-creating advanced web systems

    Tracks: Research Track; Community Track

    Research Paper Sessions: Free, Libre, and Open Source Software (FLOSS); Open Data; Open Educational Resources; IT-driven Open Innovation; Wikis and Open Collaboration; Wikipedia; Community Track; Posters and Demos

    Keynotes: Let’s build the road network of civic tech”; How you run a meeting says a lot about your values: Participatory Practices for Open Communities; Wikidata: How we brought structured data to Wikipedia”; Inner Source: Coming to a Company Near You Soon!

9th WikiSym + OpenSym 2013 – Joint International Symposium on Open Collaboration, 5–7 August, 2013, Hong Kong
(In-cooperation with ACM SIGSOFT (OpenSym) and SIGWEB (WikiSym); Host: Hong Kong SAR Government, Invest Hong Kong Department)
OpenSym 2013, the 9th International Symposium on Open Collaboration; WikiSym 2013, the 9th International Symposium on Wikis and Open Collaboration

    Pre-conference Workshops (Aug 4): Doctoral Consortium

    Workshops: Open Space

    Industry Tutorials: Making Agile Estimation Work; Continuous Delivery; Refactoring Dojo; Architecture with Agility; Testing, TDD, Pair Programming and Other Things You Should Know; Patterns in Practice; Specification by Example; Agile Planning and Estimation; Architecture with Agility

    Community Tutorials: Video Co-creation in Collaborative Online Communities

    Tracks: Research Program; Community Program; Industry Tutorial Program

    Research Paper Sessions: Free, Libre, and Open Source Software (FLOSS); Open Access, Open Data, and Open Government; Wikipedia; Community Track (Research-in-progress; Experience Reports); Open Collaboration (Wikis, Social Media, etc.); Posters and Demos

    Sepecial Sessions: Open Collaboration–An attractive Concept for Business and Entrepreneurs? (Business Afternoon); GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums) Day

    Keynotes: The Era of Open; Let’s raise kids up! (Open Education); Descending Mount Everest: Steps towards applied Wikipedia research; Implementing open licensing in government open data initiatives: a survey of Australian government practice

8th WikiSym 2012 – International Symposium on Wikis and Open Collaboration, 27–29 August, 2012, Linz, Austria
(Host: Ars Electronica)

    Pre-conference Workshops (Aug 26): Doctoral Consortium

    Workshops: Open Space

    Research Paper Sessions: Emergent; Know Thy Editor; Wikipedia Articles Gone Wild; Wiki-chanics; Beyond Wikipedia; Under the Collaborative Covers; Language / Culture; Posters and Demos

    Panels: What aren’t we measuring?: Methods for quantifying wiki-work

    Keynotes: Wikipedia: The next 5 to 10 years – challenges and opportunities; Mining and Applying Diverse Perspectives in User-Generated Content

    Co-located Conferences: Ars Electronica

7th WikiSym 2011 – International Symposium on Wikis and Open Collaboration, 3–5 October, 2011, Mountain View, California, USA
(Host: Microsoft)

    Pre-conference Workshops (Oct 2): Doctoral Consortium

    Workshops: Open Space; Using Wikipedia in Education Workshop; Wikipedia Research Literature Workshop

    Paper Sessions: Understanding Wikipedia; Collaboration in Diverse Contexts; Designing for Open Collaboration; Wiki Tools and Interfaces; Wikipedia as a Global Phenomenon; Wikis in the Workplace; Sustaining Open Collaboration; Posters and Demos

    Panels: Learning in a WikiWorld: How new media and open collaboration are changing what we know and how we know it; Apples to Oranges?: Comparing across studies of open collaboration/peer production

    Keynotes: Creative Commons (CC); Scaling out, opening up, and telling it straight: challenges for data visualization; Model-Driven Research in Social Computing

6th WikiSym 2010 – International Symposium on Wikis and Open Collaboration, 7–9 July, 2010, Gdansk, Poland
(In cooperation with ACM SIGWEB; Host: City of Gdansk)

    Post-conference Workshops (Jul 10): Doctoral Consortium

    Workshops: Open Space; Teaching with Wikipedia and other Wikimedia Foundation wikis

    Tracks: Demos; Posters; Industry Track; Wiki Track; Open Collaboration Track

    Panels: Reviewing and challenging socio-political approaches in the analysis of open collaboration and collective action online; Engaging with Open Education; Industry and open collaboration (Industry Track Discussion)

    Keynotes: The Machine in the Ghost: a Socio-Technical Systems Approach to User-Generated Content Research; Understanding the Users of Wikimedia Commons (Lightning Talk); Wikipedia Former Contributors Study (Lightning Talk)

    Co-located Conferences: Wikimania (Jul 9-11)

5th WikiSym 2009 – International Symposium on Wikis and Open Collaboration, 25–27 October, 2009, Orlando, Florida, USA
(In cooperation with ACM SIGWEB and ACM SIGPLAN; Host: University of Central Florida)

    Workshops: Open Space; Doctoral Symposium (Oct 26); Wikis for Software Engineering; Why Wikis Work; The Value of Corporate Wikis?

    Tutorials: Measuring Wikipedia; Wiki Entrepreneurship? (Industry Tutorial); Wikis for Software Engineering

    Tracks: Research Track, Industry Track

    Research Paper Sessions: Learning and Social Context; Visualization; Understanding Wikipedia; Formal/Open Posters; Formal/Open Demos; Programming and Analysis Tools; Interface Tools; Quality and Credibility

    Special Sessions: WikiFest

    Keynotes: Visualizing the Inner Lives of Texts; Community Performance Optimization: Making Your People Run as Smoothly as Your Site; 2008 Turing Award Lecture (Reprise); The Future of Work

    Co-located Conferences: ACM OOPSLA Conference (Oct 25-29),…

4th WikiSym 2008 – International Symposium on Wikis, 8–10 September, 2008, University of Porto, Porto, Portugal
(In cooperation with ACM SIGWEB; Host: University of Porto, Faculty of Engineering, Institute for Systems and Computer Engineering, Technology and Science (INESC TEC))

    Pre-conference Workshops: Doctoral Space; Open Space; WIRW – Interdisciplinary Research on Wikipedia and Wiki Communities; Babel Wiki ’08 – Cross-Lingual Collaboration; Wikis4SE – Wikis For Software Engineering

    Pre-conference Tutorials: Getting started with XWiki; Wikis for Publishing; TikiWiki CMS/Groupware: when a Wiki is not enough; TiddlyWiki; How to effectively deploy an application wiki at work

    Workshops: Open Space

    Tracks: Research Track

    Research Paper Sessions: Innovative Wikis; Wiki and Language; Wiki Writers; Knowledge Representation and Learning; Models, Architecture, and Other Vexations; Wiki Analysis, Growth, and Trust; Posters

    Sepecial Sessions: WikiFest

    Panels: End-User Programming with Application Wikis

    Keynotes: When a Wiki is not a Wiki: Twenty Years of the Victorian Web; The Lively Kernel: A Wiki of Active Objects; Application Wikis to Mashup Makers to Next Generation Mashups

3rd WikiSym 2007 – International Symposium on Wikis, 21–23 October, 2007, Montreal, Canada
Conference Theme: Wikis at Work in the World: Open, Organic, Participatory Media for the 21st Century
(In cooperation with ACM SIGWEB; Host: Carleton University, School of Computer Science, and National Research Council of Canada)

    Pre-conference Workshops (Oct 21): Open Space; Wiki Creole; Wikis for Software Engineering

    Tutorials: Wikis in the Workplace

    Workshops: Open Space

    Papers: Wiki Technology; Wiki in Education; Wiki Communities; Collaborative Technologies; Posters and Demos

    Panels: Wiki Patterns: What Works and What Doesn’t; Political Wikis

    Keynotes: Living Without Parental Controls; Agile Trust, Wiki Nature, and Business Logic Futures

    Co-located Conferences: ACM OOPSLA Conference (Oct 21-25),…

2nd WikiSym 2006 – International Symposium on Wikis, 21–23 August, 2006, Odense, Denmark
(Sponsored by ACM SIGWEB; Host: University of Southern Denmark)

    Workshops: Open Space; Wikipedia Research; Wiki Markup Standard; Information Management in Education with Collaborative Storyboards; Wiki-based Knowledge Engineering

    Tracks: Technical Papers; Practitioner Reports; Demos

    Panels: Wiki Uses in Learning and Teaching; The Future of Wikis

    Keynotes: How and Why Wikipedia Works; The Augmented Wiki; Intimate Information: Organic Hypertext Structure and Incremental Formalization for Everyone’s Everyday Tasks; Design Principles of Wiki: How Can so Little do so Much?

    Co-located Conferences: ACM Conference on Hypertext and Hypermedia (Aug 22-25)

1st WikiSym 2005 – International Symposium on Wikis, 14–16 October, 2005, San Diego, California, USA
(In cooperation with ACM SIGWEB; Host: )

    Pre-/Post-conference Workshops: WikiSpam; Wiki-based Software Documentation; Open-Source Software Development with Wikis; Interwiki Workshop

    Post-conference Tutorials: Getting Started with Wikis; Using Wikis in Software Development

    Tracks: Paper Presentations; Speed Demos

    Panels: The Future of Wikis; Wikis in the ‘Consumer Enterprise’

    Keynotes: The Crucible of Cooperation; Wikipedia in the Free Culture Revolution; Creativity

    Co-located Conferences: ACM OOPSLA Conference (Oct 16-20)

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