Call for papers

OSS 2016 Call For Contributions


The 12th International Conference on Open Source Systems (

Gothenburg, Sweden, 30 May – 02 June 2016

Scope of OSS 2016

Free/Libre Open Source Software (FLOSS) has had a disruptive effect on the software industry and the ways that organizations and individuals create, distribute, acquire and use software and software-based services. The FLOSS movement has created new kinds of opportunities such as the emergence of new business models, knowledge exchange mechanisms, and collective development approaches. On the other hand, the movement has introduced new kinds of challenges, especially as different problem domains embrace openness as a pervasive problem solving strategy. FLOSS can be complex yet widespread and often cross-cultural. Consequently, they require an interdisciplinary understanding of their technical, economic, legal and socio-cultural dynamics.

Many organizations that have been known for developing proprietary software are now actively involved with FLOSS. FLOSS adoption continues to grow among businesses, governments, and other organizations. FLOSS remains important for educators and researchers, as well as an important aspect of e-government and information society initiatives, providing access to high-quality software and the code used to create it.

The goal of 12th International Conference on Open Source Systems, OSS 2016 is to provide an international forum where a diverse community of professionals from academia, industry and public sector, and diverse FLOSS initiatives can come together to share research findings and practical experiences. The conference is also a forum to provide information and education to practitioners, identify directions for further research, and to be an ongoing platform for technology transfer, no matter which form of FLOSS is being pursued.


Flossie 2013 Conference in London 8-9 November – Call for Proposals Deadline 19th July 2013

Flossie 2013

Flossie 2013 is a two-day event for women who use or are otherwise interested in any aspect of open technology, open knowledge, digital arts, and social innovation.

Tickets now available!

When and where


Friday 8 November & Saturday 9 November 2013


Queen Mary, University of London, E1 4NS (Directions)

Flossie is for women interested in using open source as coders, artists and social innovators.

The organising committee are inviting proposals for Flossie 2013:

  • Talk about your current project or a project you’d like to set up
  • Show digital artwork based on open source hardware or code
  • Skills sharing workshops on any aspect of Free/Libre Open Source software, hardware, data – anything open!
  • Talk about social innovation and diversifying technology design
  • Send us your idea for an activity – as long as it’s open! Even if you don’t feel you have the expertise yourself, and just have an idea, let us know.
Deadline for proposals extended to: 19th July 2013

Call for papers: OpenCert 2010

4th International Workshop on Foundations and Techniques for OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE CERTIFICATION

Location and date
Pisa, Italy – 17-18 September 2010
Satellite Event to SEFM 2010
Submission deadline
28 June, 2010


Over the past decade, the Open Source Software (OSS) phenomenon has had a global impact on
the way software systems and and software-based services are developed, distributed and deployed.
Widely acknowledged benefits of OSS include reliability, low development and maintenance costs,
as well as rapid code turnover. Linux distributions, Apache and MySQL serve, among many other examples,
as a testimony to its success and resilience.

However, state-of-the-art OSS, by the very nature of its open, unconventional, distributed
development model, make software quality assessment, let alone full certification, particularly
hard to achieve and raises important challenges both from the technical/methodological and
the managerial points of view.

This makes the use of OSS, and, in particular, its integration within complex industrial-strength
applications, with stringent security requirements, a risk. And, simultaneously an opportunity and
a challenge for rigourous, mathematically based, methods in software analysis and engineering.

In such a context, the aim of this workshop is to bring together researchers from academia and industry
who are broadly interested in the quality assessment of open source software projects, ultimately leading
to the establishment of coherent certification processes, at different levels.

Following the success of the three previous editions (colocated to ETAPS’07, in Braga, and OSS’08,
at IFIP WCC, in Milan, and ETAPS’09, in York), the workshop will focus on formal methods and
model-based techniques that appear promising to facilitate OSS certification.
Both foundational, methodological and pragmatic issues will be addressed, through both standard
technical communications and reports on concrete case-studies and experimental data.


Contributions are expected to foster a broad debate on OSS assessment and certification, integrating
techniques and elements from areas as different as

  • product and process certification
  • certification standards
  • formal modelling and verification (model checking and theorem proving)
  • software quality and reverse engineering
  • static analysis, testing and inspection
  • safety, security and usability certification
  • language design and evolving systems
  • automated source code analyses
  • empirical studies


The two-day workshop will feature invited talks, a pannel discussion and contributed
paper presentations. All contributions, in the form of either full technical papers,
between 10 and 16 pages, or short position papers, will undergo a peer-review process.
All papers should be written in English and in ECEASST format.

Detailed information on the submission procedure are available at


Accepted papers will be published in Electronic Communications of the EASST (ECEASST)
Publication of selected papers in a journal is currently under negotiation.


  • Abstract submission: 21 June, 2010
  • Paper submission deadline: 28 June, 2010
  • Acceptance notification: 30 July, 2010
  • Final version due: 14 August, 2010


  • B. Aichernig, Graz, Austria
  • A. Abdurahmanovic, PrimeKey, Sweden
  • L. Barbosa, Minho, Portugal (co-chair)
  • A. Capiluppi, East London, UK
  • A. Cerone, UNU-IIST, Macau, SAR China (co-chair)
  • G. Ciobanu, A.I. Cuza, Romania
  • E. Damiani, Milano, Italy
  • J. Davies, Oxford, UK
  • R. di Cosmo, Paris Diderot, France
  • F. Fabbrini, ISTI-CNR, Italy
  • M. J. Frade, Minho, Portugal
  • J. Fisteus, Madrid Carlos III, Spain
  • D. Ghica, Birmingham, UK
  • T. Janowski, UNU-IIST, Macau, SAR China
  • P. Krishnan, Bond, Australia
  • P. Milazzo, Pisa, Italy
  • J. Miranda, Multicert, Portugal
  • J. Noll, LERO, Ireland
  • A. Petrenko, ISP-RAS, Russia
  • S. Pickin, Madrid Carlos III, Spain
  • S. Shaikh, Coventry, UK (co-chair)
  • S. K. Sowe, UNU-MERIT, The Netherlands
  • R. Treinen, Paris Diderot, France
  • J. Visser, SIG, The Netherlands
  • D. von Oheimb, Siemens, Germany
  • T. Vos, UP Valencia, Spain
  • A. Wasserman, CMU, USA