Call for Papers: OSS 2014, the 10th International Conference on Open Source Systems

The 10th International Conference on Open Source Systems

San José, Costa Rica. May 6-9, 2014.

Scope of OSS 2014

The International Conference on Open Source Systems (OSS) is an accomplished series of conferences on Free and Open Source Software (FOSS), which celebrates 10 years of interchange, discussion, progress and openness. In 2014, OSS will travel to Latin America, landing in the beautiful city of San Jose, capital of the full of life Republic of Costa Rica.

Free Open Source Software (FOSS) is nowadays influencing the way organizations and individuals create, distribute, acquire and use software and software-based services. FOSS applications are supporting the web based economy and it is growingly being adopted by public institutions. It has become a useful instrument for educators and researchers as well as an important aspect of e-government and information society initiatives.

The transparency of its development process and its resulting open source code has become a viable alternative to closed source software. Publicly funded software development projects are often required to produce FOSS. The widespread adoption of FOSS has introduced new challenges as new legal constraints between integrated FOSS components, requirement of a more structured development process that allows the collaboration of a large number of stakeholders, or the requirement of a stronger quality control of the development process and the FOSS products.

The goal of the 10th International Conference on Open Source Systems, OSS 2014 is to provide an international forum where a diverse community of professionals from academia, industry and public sector, and diverse FOSS initiatives can come together to share research findings and practical experiences. The conference is also meant to provide information to practitioners, identify directions for further research, and to be an ongoing platform for technology transfer, no matter which form of FOSS is being pursued.

Given the widespread diffusion of mobile devices and the relevance of Open Source Operating Systems for such devices – not only Android, but also Sailfish, Ubuntu, and others; the 10th edition of the Conference will provide a specific attention to this area of Open Source, targeting their architectures, design choices, programming languages, etc.

OSS 2014 accepts research papers, industry papers, formal tool demonstrations, lightning talks, new ideas, experience reports, and posters. OSS 2014 also invites proposals for tutorials and workshops, submissions to the doctoral symposium, and submissions of panels.

Accepted papers will be included in the conference proceedings, which are published by Springer.

A non exhaustive list of topics follows:

Mobile FOSS

  • Mobile Operating Systems: ROMs, custom images, custom kernels
  • Open Source apps for mobile telephones and tablets
  • Open Source app markets and software delivery platforms
  • Software development process for Open Source mobile software
  • Software metrics for Open Source mobile software
  • Energy efficient and green solutions for Mobile FOSS

FOSS verification

  • Dynamic FOSS verification: FOSS testing, debugging, type of tests, and use of test suits
  • Static FOSS verification – software analysis
  • Formal FOSS verification
  • Detection of bad practices and adoption of coding conventions
  • OSS metrics: measuring FOSS performance, safety, and quality
  • Standardization of verification processes and presentation of verification results

FOSS as innovation

  • Adoption, use, and acceptance of FOSS
  • Dissemination, redistribution, and crowdsourcing of FOSS systems
  • Expanding scientific research and technology development methods through openness
  • Adopting innovation in FOSS projects
  • Role of FOSS in ICT and sustainable development

FOSS practices and methods

  • FOSS and traditional vs. agile development methods
  • FOSS and decentralized development
  • Knowledge and documentation management in FOSS

FOSS technologies

  • FOSS over the Internet
  • Security of FOSS
  • Interoperability, portability, scalability of FOSS
  • Open standards, open data, open cloud, open hardware, and open exhibits
  • Reuse in FOSS
  • FOSS for entertainment
  • FOSS for education
  • Architecture and design of FOSS

Economic, organisational, and social issues on FOSS

  • Economic analysis of FOSS
  • Sustainability business models of FOSS
  • Maturity models of FOSS
  • FOSS in public sector
  • FOSS intellectual property, copyrights and licensing
  • Non-Governmental Organizations and FOSS

Important Dates (Deadlines)

  • Submissions due: November 16, 2013
  • Workshop proposals: November 16, 2013
  • Panels and Tutorials proposals: November 16, 2013
  • Doctoral Symposium proposals: December 15, 2013
  • Poster, New Ideas, Experience Reports proposals: February 2, 2014
  • Early Registration: March 1, 2014


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General Chair: Anthony I. Wasserman, Carnegie Mellon University, Silicon Valley, USA

Program Chair: Giancarlo Succi, Free University of Bozen/Bolzano, Italy

Organizing Chair: Jelena Vlasenko, Free University of Bozen/Bolzano, Italy

Web and Publicity Chair: Luis Corral, Free University of Bozen/Bolzano, Italy

Proceedings Chair: Alessandro Sarcià, ONESE, Italy

Tutorials Chair: Stephane Ribas, INRIA, France

Workshop Chair: Greg Madey, University of Notre Dame, USA

Panel Chairs: Björn Lundell, University of Skövde, Sweden

PhD Symposium Chair: Andrea Janes, Free University of Bozen/Bolzano, Italy

Experience Report Chairs: Mauricio Aniche, University of São Paulo, Brasil and Carlos Denner Santos Jr., Universidade de Brasília

New Ideas Track Chair: Alessandro Sarcià, ONESE, Italy

Poster Chair: Kathryn Ambrose Sereno, Carnegie Mellon University, USA

Mobile Track Chairs: Mikko Terho, Huawei, Finland and Ignacio Trejos, Cenfotec University, Costa Rica

Industry Liaison Chairs: Alessandro Garibbo, Selex, Italy

Financial Chair: Alberto Sillitti, Free University of Bolzano/Bozen, Italy

Local Organization Chairs: Otto Chinchilla, National Learning Institute of Costa Rica, Costa Rica and Ignacio Trejos, Cenfotec University, Costa Rica

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