2013 WikiSym & OpenSym

WikiSym, the 9th International Symposium on Wikis and Open Collaboration
OpenSym, the 2013 International Symposium on Open Collaboration

August 5-7, 2013 | Hong Kong, China


In-cooperation with ACM SIGWEB and ACM SIGSOFT. Archived in the ACM
Digital Library.

Community track submission deadlines:

* Early deadline: April 2, 2013 (delayed)
* Regular deadline: May 17, 2013

The 2013 Joint International Symposium on Open Collaboration (WikiSym +
OpenSym 2013) is the premier conference on open collaboration research,
including wikis and social media, Wikipedia, free, libre, and open
source software, open access, open data and open government research.
WikiSym is in its 9th year and will be complemented by OpenSym, a new
conference on open collaboration research and an adjunct to the
successful WikiSym conference series. WikiSym + OpenSym 2013 is the
first conference to bring together the different strands of open
collaboration research, seeking to create synergies and inspire new
research between computer scientists, social scientists, legal scholars,
and everyone interested in understanding open collaboration and how it
is changing the world. Read more about the conference at


The following types of papers can be submitted to the community track:

* Experience report long and short: A regular presentation slot (30min)
will be provided
* Workshop proposals: A workshop slot (half-day or full-day) is provided
at the conference
* Panel proposals: A session (90min) discussion slot for the panel will
be provided
* Demo proposals: Space and time is provided during the demo session
* Tutorial proposals: A tutorial slot (90min) is provided at the

Submissions are reviewed by the community track committee for their
interest to the WikiSym + OpenSym community in general. For questions
about community track submissions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch
with us:

Experience Reports

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

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.

Experience reports can be long (up to 10 pages) or short (up to 4
pages). A long experience report will receive a regular 30 minute
presentation slot, a short experience report will receive a shorter
presentation slot.


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

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

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 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 + OpenSym 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.


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. All accepted demos will given space at a joint demo session
(90 minutes) during the conference.


Tutorials tutorials are half-day classes, taught by experts, designed to
help professionals rapidly come up to speed on a specific technology or
methodology. Tutorials can be lecture-oriented or participatory.
Tutorial attendees deserve the highest standard of excellence in
tutorial preparation and delivery. Tutorial presenters are typically
experts in their chosen topic and experienced speakers skilled in
preparing and delivering educational presentations. When selecting
tutorials, we will consider the presenter’s knowledge of the proposed
topic and past success at teaching it.


There are two submission deadlines, an early and a regular one. The
early deadline is for those who need to know early that their community
track submission has been accepted. This mostly applies to workshops
that require a program committee and their own paper submission and
review process (as opposed, for example, to walk-in workshops). Also,
some may need the additional time to raise funds and acquire a visa.

Submissions should follow the standard ACM SIG proceedings format. For
advice and templates, please see
http://www.acm.org/sigs/publications/proceedings-templates. All papers
must conform at time of submission to the formatting instructions and
must not exceed the page limits, including all text, references,
appendices and figures. All submissions must in PDF format.

All papers and proposals should be submitted electronically through
EasyChair using the following URL:


* Early submission deadline: March 17, 2013
* Notification for early submissions: March 31, 2013
* Regular submission deadline: May 17, 2013
* Notification for regular submissions: May 31, 2013
* Camera-ready for both rounds: June 9, 2013

As long as it is May 17 somewhere on earth, your submission will be