10th MSR Conference Annoucement (2013)

The 10th Mining Software Repositories conference is planned for May 18-19 in San Francisco. There are three paper categories this year: research papers, practice papers, and data papers.

The 8th International Conference on Open Source Systems: Long-term Sustainability

America/New York

The 8th International Conference on Open Source Systems
10-13 September 2012, Hammamet, Tunisia
IFIP Working Group on Open Source Software — IFIP WG 2.13

OSS 2012: Long-term Sustainability

FOSS for Sustainable Development in Africa (FOSSDeva) Survey

Your participation in completing the Free and Open Source Software for Sustainable Development in Africa or FOSSDeva survey is highly welcome.

The survey can be accessed from http://servnet.ias.unu.edu/limesurvey/index.php?sid=86668&newtest=Y&lang=en

Please pass on the survey to friends, colleagues, researchers and research institutions interested in FOSS in Africa.

Looking forward to your participation.

Sincere regards

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: http://aisel.aisnet.org/jais/vol11/iss11/ and http://aisel.aisnet.org/jais/vol11/iss12/ .

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: sowe@ias.unu.edu
Abstract Deadline Submission Extended to Monday, November 15, 2010

The key ideas in this book will be drawn from diverse and interrelated topics covering qualitative and quantitative research which has implications for FOSS diffusion and adoption; theories and best practices on FOSS for sustainable development, scientifically grounded models to explain the complex relationships driving FOSS sustainability and innovation in developing countries, FOSS and IPR issues; FOSS case studies and surveys with emphasis on lessons to be learnt; experiences on FOSS policy formulation, and obstacles to policy implementations in developing countries.

Call for chapters can be downloaded from here [pdf, 25kb]:

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:

Ultimate Debian Database

Ultimate Debian Database (UDD) gathers a lot of data about various aspects of Debian in a single SQL database. It allows users to easily access and combine all this data.

The database has schema diagrams available, and more information about UDD are collected on the Debian Wiki at wiki.debian.org/UltimateDebianDatabase.

Mozilla Madrid Technologies Course

The "Madrid Mozilla Technologies Course" is a three-month blended learning course organized by the Mozilla Foundation, Mozilla Europe and the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos (Madrid Spain). The course starts July 1st 2009 and will finish October 15th. Most of the course is on-line and can be followed by followed by students using telematic tools (web, mailing lists, wikis, IRC, etc.). A one-week on-site sprint at on of the campus of the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos from July 13th to July 17th is included in this course.

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

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