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WikiSym 2009 Call for Papers (Submissions)

WikiSym 2009 Call for Papers

The International Symposium on Wikis and Open Collaboration


October 25-27, 2009, in Orlando, Florida, USA

In-cooperation with ACM SIGPLAN and ACM SIGWEB, co-located with ACM OOPSLA 2009, peer-reviewed and archived in the ACM Digital Library


The International Symposium on Wikis (WikiSym) is the premier conference dedicated to wikis and related open collaboration systems and processes.

WikiSym 2009 aims to explore and extend the thriving wiki community, bringing together researchers, practitioners, writers and scholars to gather, discuss and share knowledge and experience on all areas related to wikis and wiki philosophy, ranging from social to technical, and from theoretical to experience studies.

The symposium combines a rigorously reviewed research paper track with plenty of space for experience reports, discussions of work in progress, demonstrations, tutorials, and lively informal last minute sessions in open space and WikiFest sessions.

This year, WikiSym will be held in Orlando, Florida, USA—a city with a tropical climate, poolside fruity drinks, and world-class entertainment opportunities for adults and families.


  • March 27th: Submission deadline for research papers, experience reports, workshops, and panels
  • April 24th: Submission deadline for posters, demonstrations, WikiFest and Doctoral Symposium proposals
  • May 22nd: Notifications for all submission categories (workshops notifications earlier)
  • October 25-27: WikiSym 2009!


WikiSym welcomes submissions of research papers (long and short), experience reports, workshops, panels, posters, demonstrations, WikiFest and Doctoral Symposium proposals.

Given the interdisciplinary nature of wiki and related systems, WikiSym invites contributions in a wide range of fields:

  • computer science and technology
  • human-computer interaction
  • communications and media studies
  • education
  • information and library science
  • history, political science, geography
  • linguistics, discourse analysis, language studies
  • business, marketing, law
  • natural sciences, medicine

Topics of special interest to the symposium include, but are not limited to:

  • social software for collaboration and work group processes
  • wiki user experiences, usability, and discourse analysis
  • reputation systems, quality assurance processes
  • scalability—social and technical
  • wiki technologies and implementations
  • translation and multilingual wiki content
  • educational applications
  • wiki for non-textual media (images, video, audio)
  • content dynamics and wiki evolution
  • wiki journalism
  • wiki archiving and versioning
  • wiki administration: dealing with abuse and resolving conflict
  • wiki and the semantic web, knowledge management, tacit knowledge
  • wiki for small audiences (departmental and family wikis)
  • legal issues (copyright, licensing)
  • visualization of wiki structure
  • wiki fiction


Research papers present integrative reviews or original reports of substantive new work: theoretical, empirical, or in the development or deployment of novel systems. We encourage emphasizing lessons learned and providing a clear concise message to the audience about the relevance of the work. The paper must place your work in context within the field, citing related work and indicating clearly what aspects of the work are new.

Research papers will be reviewed by the Program Committee to meet rigorous academic standards of publication. They should be written in English and must not exceed 10 pages (for full papers) or 4 pages (for short papers). Papers will be reviewed both with respect to conceptual quality and clarity of presentation. Authors of accepted papers are expected 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: http://www.acm.org/sigs/pubs/proceed/template.html.


Experience reports are an integral part of the conference program. These reports provides a large group of peers the opportunity to learn from a project’s experience; they explore how concepts that sound good on paper (and at conferences!) work on real projects. They are a valuable means of communicating experiences, especially at the “bleeding edge”. Many attendees want to find out what it is like to start a company wiki, use a wiki in classroom education, or build a political campaign around a wiki. Experience reports present experience and reflections, together with supporting evidence for any claims made. And they particularly include reports that discuss both benefits and drawbacks of the approaches used. Reports may focus on a particular aspect of technology usage and practice, or describe broad project experiences. Some reports focus on people, process or related challenges.


Workshops provide an opportunity for researchers and practitioners to discuss and learn about topics that require extended engagement such as new systems, research methods, standards and formats. A workshop should require participants to engage with each other for at least half a day. For shorter sessions, please consider WikiSym’s open space format. 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) and one-paragraph biographies of all people relevant to the submission. Workshop proposals will be reviewed and selected for their interest to the community. Each workshop will be allocated a half-day or a full-day and a room.


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 all people relevant to the submission. 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 two page extended abstract outlining the content of the poster. Successful applicants will be invited display a poster, 1x2m in size, at a special plenary session of the Symposium.


Wikis are intended to be used, and no format is better suited for demonstrating the utility of new wiki research and 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.


WikiFest is a conference session devoted to helping you start and grow a successful wiki in your organization. Proposals should showcase a wiki adoption strategy or example, with emphasis on how others can apply your strategy to their own wiki.

Topics to be covered:

  • Tools – Choose the right wiki software for your needs
  • Adoption – How to run a pilot, establish a core group of users, and grow usage.
  • Uses – How does your team use a wiki? How has it helped your productivity?
  • Obstacles – What are they, and how can you avoid or fix them?


The Doctoral Symposium is an interactive forum for doctoral students to receive present and discuss their doctoral work. Students who are at least one year away from dissertation completion are invited to submit to the Doctoral Symposium. Students beginning their research are especially invited to attend.

To submit a proposal send a 2-3 pages description of your dissertation research, including:

  • A description of your work
  • The goals—what contributions will your research generate?
  • The approach—what is being performed to achieve the goals? How will results be validated?

Additionally, your adviser must send a brief statement of your dissertation progress to date and a statement of recommendation to the Doctoral Symposium chair.


Please submit your papers or proposals in PDF format through our submission system at the WikiSym website (available in early 2009).

All accepted submissions will be published in the proceedings and archived in the ACM Digital Library. Submitted work of all categories should use the ACM SIG Proceedings Format, see: http://www.acm.org/sigs/pubs/proceed/template.html.

Questions regarding submissions may be directed at the respective chair using the following email addresses:

  • Research papers: papers@wikisym.org
  • Experience reports: reports@wikisym.org
  • Panels: panels@wikisym.org
  • Workshops: workshops@wikisym.org
  • Demonstrations: demos@wikisym.org
  • Posters: posters@wikisym.org
  • WikiFest: wikifest@wikisym.org
  • Doctoral Symposium: docsym@wikisym.org

General questions should be directed at chair@wikisym.org.


  • Dirk Riehle, SAP Labs LLC, USA, Symposium Chair
  • Amy Bruckman, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA, Program Chair
  • Ademar Aguiar, FEUP, Universidade do Porto, Portugal, Sponsorships Chair
  • Luca de Alfaro, University of California at Santa Cruz, USA, Doctoral Symposium Chair
  • Claus Atzenbeck, Aalborg University Esbjerg, Denmark, Posters Chair
  • Phoebe Ayers, University of California at Davis, Wikimedia Liason
  • Robert Biddle, Carleton University, Experience Reports Chair
  • Martin Cleaver, Blended Perspectives, Canada, Publicity Co-Chair
  • Ward Cunningham, AboutUs.org and Cunningham & Cunningham, USA, Honorary Member
  • Alain Desilets, National Research Council of Canada, Canada, Tutorials Chair
  • Ted Ernst, AboutUs.org, USA, Open Space Facilitator
  • Camille Goksever, Chevron Corp., and Me So wise, WikiWalk Organizer
  • Marc Laporte, TikiWiki CMS/Groupware, Webmaster
  • Stewart Mader, Future Changes, WikiFest Chair
  • Yoshifumi Masunaga, Aoyama Gakuin University, Japan, Asia Coordinator
  • James Noble, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, Honorary Member
  • Felipe Ortega, Rey Juan Carlos University, Spain, Publicity Co-Chair
  • Sebastien Paquet, Universite du Quebec a Montreal, Canada, Panels Chair
  • Pattarawan Prasarnphanich, Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration, Thailand, Demonstrations Chair
  • Christian Wagner, City University of Hong Kong, China, Workshops Chair


  • Ademar Aguiar, FEUP, Universidade do Porto, Portugal
  • Luca de Alfaro, University of California at Santa Cruz, USA
  • Panagiota Alevizou, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
  • Mark Bernstein, Eastgate Systems, USA
  • Robert Biddle, Carleton University, Canada
  • Amy Bruckman, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
  • Thomas N. Burg, BlogTalk, Socialware, MindMeister, Austria
  • Ed H. Chi, PARC, USA
  • Ulrike Cress, Knowledge Media Research Center, Tuebingen, Germany
  • Kevin Crowston, Syracuse University, USA
  • Chris Dent, Peermore Limited, UK
  • Alain Desilets, National Research Council of Canada, Canada
  • Andrea Forte, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
  • Frank Fuchs-Kittowski, Fraunhofer ISST, Germany
  • Andreea D. Gorbatai, Harvard Business School, Harvard University, USA
  • Susan C. Herring, Indiana University, USA
  • Brian Ingerson, Socialtext, USA
  • Benjamin Mako-Hill, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
  • Aniket Kittur, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
  • Marc Laporte, TikiWiki CMS/Groupware, Canada
  • Sky Marsen, Macquarie University, Australia
  • David W. McDonald, University of Washington, USA
  • Paulo Merson, Software Engineering Institute, USA
  • David Millard, University of Southampton, UK
  • Stuart Moulthrop, University of Baltimore, USA
  • Pattarawan Prasarnphanich, Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration, Thailand
  • Joseph Reagle, New York University, USA
  • Camille Roth, CNRS, France
  • Frank Shipman, Texas A&M University, USA
  • Dario Taraborelli, University of Surrey, UK
  • Fernanda B. Viegas, IBM Research, USA

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