Call for Workshop Proposals

Call for Workshops Proposals in TXT format.

The OSS2008 Organizing Committee invites proposals for the Workshop Program of OSS2008, the Fourth International Conference on Open Source Systems, to be held September 7-10, 2008, in Milan, Italy. Workshops will be held on September 10th, immediately after the main OSS2008 conference.

The purpose of these workshops is to provide an informal yet effective setting for participants to discuss technical issues, exchange research ideas, and to develop community in the quickly emerging field of Open Source Software and/or Systems. These workshops may be driven by fundamental academic interests, as well as by applied industrial or commercial interests. We encourage a diversity of workshops relating to Open Source, including those that:

  • bring together inter-disciplinary approaches to OSS development,
  • support the interaction of research, industry and policy makers for the deployment of OSS.

The format of the workshop will be determined by the organizers. Workshops can vary in length from a half day to a full day. Having more than one co-organizer for a workshop is strongly advised. Workshop attendees will have been asked to pay the OSS 2008 workshop registration fee.

Important Dates

April 5th, 2008 Workshop proposals due
May 5th, 2008 Notification of proposal acceptance
May 12th, 2008 Deadline for receipt of URL for workshops web pages
June 24th, 2008 Workshop final programs

Requirements for Workshop Proposal Submission

Proposals for workshops should be no more than 3 pages in length, They should contain the following information:

  • Title and brief technical description of the workshop, specifying the goals and the technical issues that will be its focus.
  • A brief description of why and to whom the workshop is of interest.
  • A list of related workshops or similar events held in the last 2 years, if any.

The names and contact information (web page, email address) of the proposed organizing committee. This committee should consist of two or three people knowledgeable about the technical issues to be addressed, preferably not coming from the same institution.

A description of the qualifications of the proposed organizing committee with respect to the workshop (e.g., papers published in the proposed topic area, previous workshop organization, other relevant information).

Each workshop organizing committee will be responsible for the following:

  • Producing a web page and a "Call for Papers/Participation" for their workshop. Submit the URL for your workshop to the workshop chair by May 12th, 2008. The call must make it clear that the workshop is open to all members of the OSS community either being experienced or newcomers. It should also mention that at least one author of each accepted submission must attend the workshop and that all workshop participants must pay the workshop registration fee. Finally, it should also clearly describe the process by which the Organizing Committee will select the participants.
  • Providing a brief description of the workshop for the conference web page and program.
  • Selecting the participants and the format of the workshop.
  • Advertising of the workshop beyond web page advertising.
  • Production of the camera ready master copy of the proceedings and of the necessary copyright transfer forms.

The OSS 2008 Organizing Committee will be responsible for the following:

  • Providing publicity for the workshop series as a whole on the conference's web page. The OSS2008 page will provide a link to a workshop's local page.
  • Providing logistics support and a meeting place for the workshop.
  • Publishing the workshops proceedings in electronic form (as a single volume separate from the main conference ones, and identified by an ISBN code).

Submitting a Proposal

Proposals may be submitted in any one of the following formats: ASCII text, PostScript, PDF and LaTeX. The OSS2008 Workshop Chair is Dr. Stefano De Panfilis (Engineering Ingegneria Informatica, Italy), Co-Chairs Alberto Colombo (University of Milan, Italy) and Fulvio Frati (University of Milan, Italy).
Please send your proposals and any inquiries by electronic mail to: frati at dti dot unimi dot it.


  • Sep 12th, 2008

    Available talks' slides has been published.

  • Sep 8th, 2008

    Errata Corrige: the poster list has been upodated.

  • Sep 3rd, 2008

    Ernesto Damiani's new Keynote: Trends in Open Source Assurance.

  • Aug 18th, 2008

    TOSS 2008 workshop has been canceled.

  • Jul 28th, 2008

    Conference Program has been changed.

  • Jul 11th, 2008

    Joint Invited Talk: Francesco Pizzetti, President of the Italian Data Protection Authority.

  • Oct 5th, 2007

    Web site published.