Announcements + CFPs + Conferences + Workshops

Special issue on FLOSS published in JAIS (Journal of the Association for Information Systems)

I co-edited (with Michael Wade) a special issue on Empirical Research on Free/Libre Open Source Software for JAIS, Journal of the Association for Information Systems. The special issue has appeared (2 issues, in fact, with a final paper to come in January). We were able to convince the publisher that they should make these issues open, so they are free to everyone. You can find them here: and .

Acquisition of open source software

I recently graduated with a master in Innovation Management from the Eindhoven University of Technology.

The subject of my master thesis is: How to buy something that is free?

It develops design principles, grounded in theory and practice, for the inclusion of (F/L)OSS in an organization's tactical procurement of software.

Organization's (especially government organization's) are very good at buying products. Creating an decent IT infrastructure proofs much more difficult. This thesis gives the reader design principles that can be used to change the way software is seen in the organization. They help an organization to strategically apply IT instead of just buying the next update.


Call for book chapters-FOSS for Sustainable development

Call for Book Chapters

Book Title: Free and Open Source Software for Sustainable Development in Developing Countries

A book edited by Dr. Sulayman K. Sowe, Prof. Govindan Parayil and Prof. Atsushi Sunami

For further information, please contact:
Abstract Deadline Submission Extended to Monday, November 15, 2010



Upcoming conferences

* The 8th International Conference on Open Source Systems: Hammamet, Tunisia, 10-13 September 2012.

Past conferences

* The 7th International Conference on Open Source Systems: Salvador, BA, Brazil, 6-7 October 2011
* OSS2010: 6th International Conference on Open Source Systems: South Bend, IN, 30 May-2 June 2010.
* OSS2009: 5th International Conference on Open Source Systems: Skövde, Sweden, 3-6 June 2009.

The inclusion of FLOSS in neutral tactical purchasing of software.

Maurice Verheesen is currently preparing research on the inclusion of FLOSS in neutral tactical purchasing of software.

Much is known about the adoption of FLOSS. Literature states for instance reasons, trends and factors that influence the adoption. However when comparing procurement practices with the FLOSS phenomenon one can see several incompatibilities:

SITIS Marrakech 2009

IFIP TC 2 WG 2.13 Call for Papers

The focus of this track is on new software engineering method for Open Source Software development in distributed and large scaled environments, strategies for promoting, adopting, using Open Source Solutions and case studies or success stories in specific domains.

Important Dates

* Paper Submission - 6/30
* Acceptance/Reject notification - 8/15
* Camera ready - 9/1
* Author registration due date - 9/1

CFP: HICSS-43 Minitrack on Open Movements: FLOSS, Open Contents and Open Communities

Track: Internet and the Digital Economy
Minitrack: Open Movements: FLOSS, Open Contents and Open Communities

We seek papers for a mini-track on Open Movement phenomena, such as:
* Free, Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS)
* Open Contents (OC)
* Open Access Publishing (OA)
* Open Communities (OComm)

Oekonux Conference: Free Software and Beyond The World of Peer Production

Project Oekonux researches the economical, political and social forms of Free Software and similar forms of production we collectively call peer production. In Project Oekonux, different people with different reasons and different approaches get together to build something new. A lot of participants want to know, whether and if so, how, the peer production can serve as a basis for a new society.

Resource collection from

A bibliography and links to FLOSS workshops and journal special issues is available from


Emerging Trends in Free/Libre/Open Source Software Research and Development

The 2nd Emerging Trends in FLOSS Research and Development Workshop will have as an overarching theme "How to close the gap between Software Engineering and FLOSS (Free/Libre/Open Source Software) Development", and will bring together researchers and practitioners to discuss what knowledge software engineering experts can provide to the wider FLOSS communities.

Organizers: Andrea Capiluppi and Gregorio Robles
Deadline: January 26
Meeting Date: May 18, 2009

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