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FLOSS 2010 : The 3rd International Workshop on Emerging Trends in FLOSS Research and Development


When May 8, 2010 - May 8, 2010
Where Cape Town, South Africa
Submission Deadline Jan 25, 2010
Notification Due Feb 15, 2010
Final Version Due Mar 3, 2010
Categories    software engineering   free software   open source software

Call For Papers


Third International Workshop on Emerging Trends in Free/Libre/Open Source
Software Research and Development (FLOSS-3)

Date: Saturday, May 8, 2010

Co-located with ICSE 2010 Cape Town, South Africa



The theme of this workshop will be "Rich Ecosystems within FLOSS". A large
body of research into FLOSS has focused on the exemplars within the available
corpus of FLOSS projects: such as Apache HTTP Server, Eclipse, and Linux.
However, many other FLOSS projects exist which provide a very rich body to
study and understand. By focusing on more projects that perhaps do not gain
the immediate attention of researchers, we hope to broaden our knowledge of the
rich ecosystems within FLOSS.

Specifically, the goal of this workshop is to bring together academic
researchers, industry members and FLOSS developers for the purpose of
discussing topics including:
* Analyzing "competing" projects within FLOSS that share the same domain
* Performing data collection and analysis among many FLOSS projects
* Governance models within FLOSS projects
* Licensing paradigms of FLOSS projects
* Interplay of corporate involvement within FLOSS projects

To this end, we will solicit position papers presenting field reports, case
studies, analytical frameworks and key research questions, which serve to
improve the communication and the impact of FLOSS products, methods, tools and
organizational structures in a variety of application spaces.

The workshop will be divided in four sessions: the first three will have blocks
of presentations of position papers and attached discussion and comments by the
assistants. To boost the participation of the attendees and effectiveness of
the discussion, the last block will be devoted to discuss actively some of the
most prominent (and polemic) aspects of the position papers presented, using
some of the methods in use in unconferences and acting the workshop proposals
as facilitators.

Relevance to the Field

FLOSS (Free/Libre/Open Source Software) is now well recognized as an important
research area within both the Software Engineering and Information Systems
fields, as evidenced by the growing number of related journal papers,
conference papers, workshops and seminars. As FLOSS development continues to
grow and become an evermore pervasive and global approach to the development of
dependable software through non-traditional means (i.e., does not simply follow
the software engineering paradigm found in textbooks), this ICSE workshop will
be an appropriate place for leading FLOSS and SE scholars to come together to
discuss and exchange their research work in progress.

We believe that this workshop will also serve as a common bridge between the
ACM/IEEE (ICSE) and (IFIP) OSS research communities, thereby providing a window
for others in the Software Engineering community to interact with and learn
more about the advances of research into FLOSS development an communities. To
insure participation, representation and cross-fertilization across the
ACM/IEEE (ICSE) and (IFIP) OSS research communities, members of the program
committee of this workshop will be drawn also from the committee of the OSS
2009 Conference.


Both preliminary results (6 pages) and position papers (3 pages).
Paper submissions must be formatted according to ICSE guidelines.

Important Dates:

[ 25 January 2010 ] - paper submission (through CyberChair, more info TBD)
[ 15 February 2010 ] - notification of acceptance
[ 3 March 2010 ] - camera-ready
[ 8 May 2010 ] - Workshop

Organizing Committee:

Justin Erenkrantz, The Apache Software Foundation, USA
Hyrum Wright, University of Texas at Austin, USA

Program Committee:

Andrea Capiluppi, University of Lincoln, UK
Justin Erenkrantz, University of California-Irvine, US
Gregorio Robles, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Spain
Hyrum Wright, University of Texas at Austin, US

[ more TBD ]

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