Call for Papers: WikiSym 2011, the 7th International Symposium on Wikis and Open Collaboration

The 7th Inter­na­tion­al Sym­po­sium on Wik­is and Open Col­lab­o­ra­tion

Octo­ber 3–5, 2011 | Moun­tain View, Cal­i­for­nia

The Inter­na­tion­al Sym­po­sium on Wik­is and Open Col­lab­o­ra­tion (Wik­iSym) is the pre­mier con­fer­ence on open col­lab­o­ra­tion and relat­ed tech­nolo­gies. In 2011, Wik­iSym cel­e­brates its 7th year of schol­ar­ly, tech­ni­cal and com­mu­ni­ty inno­va­tion in Moun­tain View, Cal­i­for­nia at the Microsoft Research Cam­pus in Sil­i­con Val­ley.

Sub­mis­sions are invit­ed for the fol­low­ing cat­e­gories:

  • Research Papers, Pan­els, Work­shop: April 1
  • Posters, Demos: May 13
  • Noti­fi­ca­tion of Accep­tance: June 17

The con­fer­ence pro­gram will include a peer-reviewed research track, as well as work­shops, a doc­tor­al con­sor­tium, invit­ed keynotes and pan­el speak­ers. Evening social events will fol­low, because wiki folks know the val­ue of a good par­ty for spark­ing con­ver­sa­tion and col­lab­o­ra­tion. As always, Open Space, a participant-organized track will also run through­out the con­fer­ence. Many of the most inno­v­a­tive tech­nol­o­gy com­pa­nies in the world have a pres­ence in Moun­tain View, which makes it an ide­al venue for hatch­ing new ideas and thought­ful debate about col­lab­o­ra­tive com­put­ing among tech­nol­o­gists, researchers, edu­ca­tors, and activists. 

Top­ics appro­pri­ate for research sub­mis­sions include all aspects of the peo­ple, tools, con­texts, and con­tent that com­prise open col­lab­o­ra­tion sys­tems. For exam­ple:

  • Col­lab­o­ra­tion tools and process­es
  • Social and cul­tur­al aspects of col­lab­o­ra­tion
  • Col­lab­o­ra­tion beyond text: images, video, sound, etc.
  • Com­mu­ni­ties and work­groups
  • Knowl­edge and infor­ma­tion pro­duc­tion
  • New media lit­era­cies
  • Uses and impact of wik­is and open resources in speci­fic fields, such as 
    • Education/Open Edu­ca­tion­al Resources
    • Law/Intellectual Prop­er­ty
    • Jour­nal­ism
    • Art
    • Sci­ence
    • Pub­lish­ing
    • Busi­ness
    • Enter­tain­ment

In addi­tion to research and devel­op­ment top­ics, Wik­iSym also invites inno­v­a­tive pro­pos­als for wiki-style art and per­for­mance.

Submissions Guidelines

The sub­mis­sions web­site will be opened in late Feb­ru­ary 2011; check back for the link.

Research Papers – Long (10 pages) and Short (4 pages)

Research papers present inte­gra­tive reviews or orig­i­nal reports of sub­stan­tive new work: the­o­ret­i­cal, empir­i­cal, or in the design, devel­op­ment and/or deploy­ment of nov­el sys­tems.

Research papers will be reviewed by the Pro­gram Com­mit­tee to meet rig­or­ous aca­d­e­mic stan­dards of pub­li­ca­tion. Papers will be reviewed for rel­e­vance, con­cep­tu­al qual­i­ty, inno­va­tion and clar­i­ty of pre­sen­ta­tion. They should be writ­ten in Eng­lish and must not exceed 10 pages (for full papers) or 4 pages (for short papers). At least one author of accept­ed papers is required 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:


Work­shops provide an oppor­tu­ni­ty for researchers and prac­ti­tion­ers to dis­cuss and learn about top­ics that require in-depth, extend­ed engage­ment such as new sys­tems, research meth­ods, stan­dards and for­mats.

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), what you plan to do dur­ing the work­shop, and one-paragraph biogra­phies of all orga­niz­ers. Work­shop pro­pos­als will be reviewed and select­ed for their inter­est to the com­mu­ni­ty. Each accept­ed work­shop will be pro­vid­ed with a meet­ing room for either a half or full day. Orga­niz­ers may also request tech­nol­o­gy and mate­ri­als (pro­jec­tor, flip pads, etc).


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 pan­elists and mod­er­a­tors. A pan­el sub­mis­sion will be reviewed and select­ed for their inter­est to the com­mu­ni­ty. Each pan­el will be given a 90-minute time slot. 


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 and should be sub­mit­ted in the ACM SIG Pro­ceed­ings For­mat, see: Suc­cess­ful appli­cants will be invit­ed dis­play a poster, up to 1x2m in size, at a spe­cial ple­nary ses­sion of the Sym­po­sium.


No for­mat is bet­ter suit­ed for demon­strat­ing the util­i­ty of new col­lab­o­ra­tion tools 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 demo, 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.

Doctoral Symposium

The Doc­tor­al Sym­po­sium is a day-long research-focused meet­ing and men­tor­ing ses­sion of a group of 8–15 select­ed Ph.D. can­di­dates and four dis­tin­guished research fac­ul­ty. Appli­ca­tions are encour­aged from all doc­tor­al stu­dents doing work relat­ed to open col­lab­o­ra­tion, regard­less of the dis­ci­pline in which they are earn­ing their Ph.D. We encour­age par­tic­i­pa­tion from a broad range of rel­e­vant dis­ci­plines and approach­es, includ­ing (but not lim­it­ed to) com­put­er sci­ence, soci­ol­o­gy, psy­chol­o­gy, anthro­pol­o­gy, infor­ma­tion sci­ence, cog­ni­tive sci­ence, rhetoric, com­mu­ni­ca­tions, and eco­nom­ics. All PhD stu­dents may apply to the Doc­tor­al Con­sor­tium; how­ev­er, pref­er­ence is given to appli­cants who have con­duct­ed enough research to under­stand how his or her work fits with­in the research field, how to con­duct research, and how to present it effec­tive­ly.

Appli­ca­tion details will appear here in spring 2011. If you have ques­tions, please con­tact doc­tor­al sym­po­sium chair, Loren Ter­veen (terveen(AT)

Open Space

For short and infor­mal oppor­tu­ni­ties to orga­nize dis­cus­sion, brain-storming, and oth­er col­lab­o­ra­tive activ­i­ties, the Open Space track will run through­out Wik­iSym. Open Space is an entire­ly participant-organized track and requires no sub­mis­sion or review.

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