The 4th International Conference on Open Source Systems

7-10 September 2008, Milan, Italy

co-located with IFIP
World Computer Congress 2008

Over the past decade, the Open Source Software (OSS) phenomenon has had a global impact on the way organisations and individuals create, distribute, acquire and use software and software-based services. OSS has challenged the conventional wisdom of the software engineering and software business communities, has been instrumental for educators and researchers, and has become an important aspect of e-government and information society initiatives. OSS is a complex phenomenon and requires a interdisciplinary understanding of its engineering, technical, economic, legal and socio-cultural dynamics.

The goal of OSS 2008 is to provide an international forum where a diverse community of professionals from academia, industry and public administration can come together to share research findings and practical experiences. The conference is also meant to provide information and education to practitioners, identify directions for further research, and to be an ongoing platform for technology transfer

Electronic Workshops Proceedings Now Available
ISBN: 978-88-903120-1-4

Conference Topics

The conference will consist of research papers presentations, workshops, tutorials, panels, and project demonstrations.

Authors are invited to submit papers and proposals on a variety of OSS topics, including but not limited to:

  • OSS Historical Foundations and Emerging Trends
  • Public and Private Sector Adoption of OSS Solutions
  • OSS, Open Science and "Open Knowledge"
  • OSS, Health Services Management and E-Health
  • Knowledge Management, e-Learning and OSS
  • OSS Education and Training
  • Socio-cultural Dynamics of OSS
  • OSS and Social Networks
  • OSS Usability, Scalability, Maintainability and other quality issues
  • Tools and infrastructures for OSS Development
  • Architectures and patterns for OSS Development
  • Techniques and processes for OSS Development
  • OSS and Agile Development
  • OSS and Distributed Development
  • Documentation of OSS projects
  • Licensing, IPR and other legal issues in OSS
  • Free software and GPLv3
  • OSS and Innovation
  • OSS and e-Government
  • OSS Business models and strategies
  • Cost, value and economic models of OSS
  • Empirical analysis of OSS including surveys, field studies, case studies, experiments and experience reports

Conference Tracks


  • 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.