CFP: OSS 2009 Doctoral Consortium

OSS 2009 Doctoral Consortium
June 3, 2009, Skovde, Sweden

Co-located with OSS2009
The 5th International Conference on Open Source Systems
June 3-6, 2009, Skovde, Sweden

Co-located with the 5th International Conference on Open Source Systems (OSS 2009), a Doctoral Consortium will be organized on June 3, 2009.


The goal of the doctoral consortium is to provide PhD students with an environment in which they can share and discuss their goals, methods and results at an early stage of their research. During the doctoral consortium students will give a presentation of their current progress. Students will be guided by a faculty member with expertise in the area of the research topic. The doctoral consortium provides students with feedback on their work from other students and faculty members, allowing them to enhance their own research proposal. The doctoral consortium will take place on June 3, allowing participants to attend the OSS 2009 conference after the doctoral consortium.


The scope of research topics of the doctoral consortium is the same as for the main conference. We therefore invite submissions related to all aspects of open source software including, but not limited to software engineering, social and cultural, diffusion and deployment issues.

Students who submit a paper to the doctoral consortium should have decided on a research topic or topic area, and have a proposal for an appropriate research method. Preferably, students should be at least a year from completion of their research in order to be able to incorporate the feedback obtained during the consortium in their dissertation.


* February 13, 2009: Submission deadline for papers
* March 8, 2009: Decision back to authors
* March 20, 2009: Camera ready papers due
* June 3, 2009: Doctoral consortium


Papers submitted to the doctoral consortium should be between 3,000 and 4,000 words, not including references, and should be formatted using the same templates as the main conference that are available in the "Author's Kit" section. Each submission must include title, author name(s) and affiliation, abstract, list of keywords and a complete list of references. Papers will be subjected to a single-blind review (in which the authors don't know the reviewers, but the reviewers know the authors). Details on how to submit papers will be made available shortly.

Submissions should at least discuss the following elements: the background of the research, the motivation for the research, the research question(s) addressed in the study and a description of the proposed research method. Students in the later stages of their research are encouraged to include an overview of their completed research activities.


Accepted papers will be included in the proceedings of the Doctoral Consortium. Submitting a paper to the Doctoral Consortium represents the author's agreement to allow the Doctoral Consortium Chairs to publish the paper in the Doctoral Consortium proceedings without compensation to the author. The parties understand that the author is granting a nonexclusive license and all copyrights remain the property of the author.

Authors of accepted papers are required to register for and attend the doctoral consortium. They will also be asked to give a presentation on their work for about 20 minutes, which will be followed by a 20 minute discussion during which students are given feedback on their work by faculty members and other students.


* Walt Scacchi, University of California, Irvine, USA
* Kris Ven, University of Antwerp, Belgium
* Jan Verelst, University of Antwerp, Belgium


* Joseph Feller, University College Cork, Ireland
* Daniel M. German, University of Victoria, Canada
* Jesus Gonzalez-Barahona, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Spain
* Maha Shaikh, London School of Economics, UK
* Giancarlo Succi, Free University of Bozen/Bolzano, Italy