Open Source Business Research at OWF 2010

Update, 2010-11-05: If you like this blog post, you might also like my artikel on the single-vendor commercial open source business model.

This afternoon, I’ll be presenting my thoughts on the current state of open source business research and future directions at the OpenWorldForum 2010 in Paris. I have summarized these thoughts in this blog entry, and they are aligned with the presentation I’ll be giving. I should add that business research here means academic business strategy and economics research, to the extent that a computer scientist can relate to it, and that most of my research is actually still traditional software engineering research.

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MediaWiki and Commercial Open Source Innovation

You may be surprised to hear that the dominant public Internet wiki engine, MediaWiki, only plays a minor role in the enterprise. Within the corporate firewalls, TWiki, Confluence, DokuWiki, TikiWiki, and others are running the show. Why is that? It is certainly not the lack of commercial customer interest in MediaWiki, which everyone already knows as the software running Wikipedia. It is also not an anti-commercial stance by the creators of MediaWiki (and its effective owner, the Wikimedia Foundation).

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Call for Papers: ICSE 2011

ICSE is the premier software engineering conference. Next year, it will be held in Hawaii, so expect a full house! Below, please find the call for research and technical papers from the program co-chairs Harald Gall and Nenad Medvidovic.


Technical/Research Track

ICSE is the premier forum for researchers to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, results, experiences and concerns in the field of software engineering.

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Upcoming Talk (in German) July 2nd, 2010: Open Source: Was Es Ist, Wie Es Funktioniert, Warum Es Nachhaltig Ist

Speaker: Dirk Riehle

Abstract: Open Source bezeichnet nicht nur eine Kategorie von Software, sondern auch einen Ansatz der Softwareentwicklung, welcher sich von plan-getriebenen und agilen Methoden der Softwareentwicklung unterscheidet. Zunehmend betrachtet die Softwareindustrie zudem Open Source als Geschäftsmodell. Dieser Vortrag erläutert an zum Teil überraschenden Beispielen, wie die Open-Source-Softwareentwicklung funktioniert und wie sie sich von traditionellen Methoden der Softwareentwicklung unterscheidet. Über die konkreten Fragen der Softwaretechnik hinaus zeigt der Vortrag dann anhand von Geschäftsmodellen auf, warum Open Source wirtschaftlich nachhaltig ist.

Location: University of Dortmund, 13. Tag der Informatik, 2010-07-02, 14:30 Uhr, Invited Lecture.

Call for Papers: ACM CHIMIT 2010

The ACM CHIMIT 2010 organizers are soliciting submissions for Papers, Short Papers, Panels, Courses, Posters, and presentations of recently published papers in other venues. Please see the submission page for detailed submission instructions on each kind of contribution. I’m on the program committee.

The Paper & Short Paper Deadline is July 3.

ACM CHIMIT ’10

Computer-Human Interaction for Management of Information Technology

November 12-13, 2010, San Jose, CA (co-located with USENIX LISA in San Jose)

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WikiSym 2010 Program Announced!

The WikiSym 2010 program has been announced. Keynotes are by Cliff Lampe and Andrew Lih, and the program is full of research talks, workshops, posters, and demos. And, of course, there is a continuous track of open space available for everyone to discuss their wiki and open collaboration interests and issues. Check it out! And see you at WikiSym 2010, July 7-9, in Gdansk, Poland!

Linux-Tag Keynote Slides: A New Developer Career

I just finished my Linux-Tag 2010 keynote and so I’m providing the talk slides here under the Creative Commons BY-SA 3.0 license. First title and abstract:

Title: Open Source: A New Developer Career

Abstract: Open source creates a new career ladder for software developers, orthogonal to the traditional career in software firms. Advancing on this career ladder can win developers broader recognition for their work, increase their salaries, and improve their job security. Software developers, project and hiring managers, and personnel departments alike need to understand this new dimension in a developer’s career. This talk explains the career and discusses what skills a developer should possess or train to be successful.

Then the slides as PDF or below embedded from Slideshare.

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Call For Papers: AOSD 2011 Special Track on Modularity Visions

The AOSD 2011 conference is looking to explore novel ideas in modularity beyond what’s now “traditional” notions of separations of concerns. For this, they have created a new track, see below, which is open for early work that might not make it into the regular conference proceedings. I’m on the program committee and encourage you to submit matching work.

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