Call for Papers: WikiSym 2012

8th Inter­na­tion­al Sym­po­sium on Wik­is and Open Col­lab­o­ra­tion

August 27–29, 2012 | Linz, Aus­tria

The Inter­na­tion­al Sym­po­sium on Wik­is and Open Col­lab­o­ra­tion (Wik­iSym) is the pre­mier con­fer­ence on open col­lab­o­ra­tion and relat­ed tech­nolo­gies. In 2012, Wik­iSym cel­e­brates its 8th year of schol­ar­ly, tech­ni­cal and com­mu­ni­ty inno­va­tion in Linz, Aus­tria.  We are excit­ed this year to be col­lo­cat­ed with Ars Elec­tron­i­ca, the pre­mier dig­i­tal art and sci­ence meet­ing that attracts over 35,000 atten­dees per year.

Sub­mis­sions are invit­ed for the fol­low­ing cat­e­gories:

April 7, 2012 [1] Research Papers, Pan­els, Work­shops and Expe­ri­ence Reports
April 27, 2012 [1] Doc­tor­al Sym­po­sium
May 30, 2012 Noti­fi­ca­tion of Accep­tance for Research Papers, Pan­els, Work­shops and Expe­ri­ence reports
June 8, 2012 Posters and Demos due
June 22, 2012 Posters and Demos announced

[1] As deter­mined at the Inter­na­tion­al Date Line. In oth­er words, as long as it’s still April 7th or April 27 some­where on Earth, the sys­tem will accept your sub­mis­sions.

The con­fer­ence pro­gram will include a peer-reviewed research track, expe­ri­ence reports, work­shops, posters, demos, a doc­tor­al con­sor­tium, invit­ed keynotes and pan­el speak­ers. As always, the participant-organized Open Space track will run through­out the con­fer­ence. Evening social events will fol­low, because wiki folks know the val­ue of a good par­ty for spark­ing con­ver­sa­tion and col­lab­o­ra­tion. Final­ly, Wik­iSym co-occurs with Ars Elec­tron­i­ca, and we are arrang­ing expe­ri­ences where con­fer­ence atten­dees can enjoy this inno­v­a­tive and unusu­al event.

Top­ics appro­pri­ate for 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 oth­er open resources, tools, and prac­tices in fields and appli­ca­tion areas, for exam­ple:
    • Open source soft­ware devel­op­ment and use
    • Edu­ca­tion and Open Edu­ca­tion­al Resources
    • E-government, open gov­ern­ment, and pub­lic pol­i­cy
    • Law/Intellectual Prop­er­ty (includ­ing Cre­ative Com­mons)
    • Jour­nal­ism (includ­ing par­tic­i­pa­to­ry jour­nal­ism)
    • Art and Enter­tain­ment (includ­ing col­lab­o­ra­tive and audience-involved art)
    • Sci­ence (includ­ing col­lab­o­ra­to­ries)
    • Pub­lish­ing (includ­ing open access and open review mod­els)
    • Busi­ness (includ­ing open and col­lab­o­ra­tive man­age­ment styles)

In addi­tion to research and devel­op­ment top­ics, Wik­iSym also invites inno­v­a­tive pro­pos­als for open, col­lab­o­ra­tive art and per­for­mance.  The­se pro­pos­als should be made direct­ly to the con­fer­ence chairs.

General submission instructions and information

All accept­ed sub­mis­sions will be pub­lished in the Wik­iSym pro­ceed­ings and archived in the ACM Dig­i­tal Library. Long and short research papers will be rig­or­ous­ly peer reviewed and treat­ed as archival pub­li­ca­tions. Sub­mis­sions to oth­er tracks will also be reviewed and appear in the ACM DL, but they are con­sid­ered to be non-archival and may be used as the basis for lat­er pub­li­ca­tions. Authors of research papers should use the ACM/CHI SIG Pro­ceed­ings For­mat, and oth­er con­tri­bu­tion types will use the ACM/CHI Extend­ed Abstracts For­mat. Tem­plates for both for­mats are avail­able at

Gen­er­al sub­mis­sion instruc­tions will be post­ed and the con­fer­ence sub­mis­sion site opened around March 1. Instruc­tions for the var­i­ous con­tri­bu­tion types are below.

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

Research papers present inte­gra­tive reviews or orig­i­nal reports of sub­stan­tive new work: the­o­ret­i­cal, empir­i­cal, and/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.

Workshops (up to 6 pages, Extended Abstracts format)

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.

Work­shop pro­pos­als should describe 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 or 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 (up to 6 pages, Extended Abstracts format)

Pan­els provide an inter­ac­tive forum for bring­ing togeth­er peo­ple with inter­est­ing points of view to dis­cuss com­pelling issues around open col­lab­o­ra­tion. Pan­els involve par­tic­i­pa­tion from both the pan­elists and audi­ence mem­bers in a live­ly dis­cus­sion. Pro­pos­als for pan­els should describe the top­ics and goals and explain how the pan­el will be orga­nized and how the Wik­isym com­mu­ni­ty will ben­e­fit. It should include a con­cise abstract and one-paragraph biogra­phies of pan­elists and mod­er­a­tors. Pan­el sub­mis­sions will be reviewed and select­ed for their inter­est to the com­mu­ni­ty. Each pan­el will be given a 90-minute time slot.

Experience Reports (up to 16 pages, Extended Abstracts format)

Expe­ri­ence reports are an inte­gral part of the con­fer­ence pro­gram. The­se are oppor­tu­ni­ties to dis­cuss how ideas that sound good on paper (and at con­fer­ences!) work in real life projects and deploy­ments. Many atten­dees want to learn from peo­ple on the front lines what it is like to do things like start a com­pa­ny wiki, use open col­lab­o­ra­tion tools in a class­room, or build a polit­i­cal cam­paign around open col­lab­o­ra­tion sys­tems. Expe­ri­ence reports are not research papers; their goal is to present expe­ri­ence and reflec­tions on a par­tic­u­lar case, and they are reviewed for use­ful­ness, clar­i­ty and reflec­tion. Strong expe­ri­ence reports dis­cuss both ben­e­fits and draw­backs of the approach­es used and clear­ly call out lessons learned. Reports may focus on a par­tic­u­lar aspect of tech­nol­o­gy usage and prac­tice, or describe broad project expe­ri­ences.

Posters (up to 4 pages, Extended Abstracts format)

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. Suc­cess­ful appli­cants will dis­play their posters, up to 1x2m in size, at a spe­cial ses­sion dur­ing the Sym­po­sium.

Demos (up to 4 pages, Extended Abstracts format)

No for­mat is bet­ter suit­ed for demon­strat­ing the util­i­ty of new col­lab­o­ra­tion tech­nolo­gies than show­ing and using them. Demon­stra­tions give pre­sen­ters an oppor­tu­ni­ty to show run­ning sys­tems and gath­er feed­back. Demo sub­mis­sions should provide a setup for the demo, a speci­fic descrip­tion of 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 should be includ­ed. Demo sub­mis­sions will be reviewed based on their rel­e­vance to the com­mu­ni­ty.

Doctoral Symposium

The Wik­iSym 2012 Doc­tor­al Sym­po­sium is a forum in which Ph.D. stu­dents can meet and dis­cuss their work with each oth­er and a pan­el of expe­ri­enced researchers and prac­ti­tion­ers. The sym­po­sium will be held on Tues­day August 28 on the cam­pus of Johan­nes Kepler Uni­ver­si­ty. More infor­ma­tion about the symposium’s lead­ers, goals, sub­mis­sion process and cri­te­ria, and fund­ing will be post­ed short­ly.

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.

Note on Publications

Work sub­mit­ted to Wik­isym is pub­lished in the ACM dig­i­tal library. This means it is not open access. How­ev­er, ACM has a very new ser­vice called ACM Author-izer which allows authors to post offi­cial copies of their papers on per­son­al web­sites for peo­ple to access, even if those peo­ple do not have access to the ACM dig­i­tal library. We see this as a step to open access and are pleased to sup­port this ser­vice.

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