Open Source Development

Call for Papers in text Version

Open Source Development appears as a new method to develop software that is based on de facto rules arising spontaneously form a collaborative environment of geographically distributed teams. On the one hand this freedom of work practices opens the way to new techniques and practices of software development. On the other hand it represents an opportunity to experiment with existing techniques on a distributed and highly collaborative environment. The success, the benefits, and the use of techniques of the OSS development in both cases remain of local property, though.

In this sense the overall goal of the track is to open and formalize the knowledge about OSS development techniques with an empirical but rigorous approach.

The track is addressed to researchers, practitioners, and industrial people involved directly or indirectly with the development of OSS.

Contributors will participate with case and field studies that discuss the efficiency, the applicability, and the extent of use of techniques in the OSS development.
This includes:
  • Requirements analysis in the OSS
  • Design analysis in the OSS
  • Agile and OSS practices of development; mutual interference or benefit
  • Testing and reliability of OSS
  • Business and market strategies for OSS
  • OSS development for critical systems
  • OSS and Distributed Development
  • Documentation of OSS projects
  • CASE tool to support the development of OSS
  • Management of the OSS development
  • Strategies for maintenance

Submission Instructions

Submissions are invited for original research papers and proposals for tutorials, workshops, panels, or demonstrations. The official language of the conference is English.

Full papers should be between 3000-4000 words including references, following the template provided in the Author's Kit section. Each submission must include a cover page with the full title of the paper and the names of all authors. The body of the paper should include title, abstract, list of keywords and a complete list of references.

Accepted papers will appear in the conference proceedings. All submissions should be submitted electronically in either .odt (, .rtf, .doc, .pdf or LATEX format through the track submissions system.

Important Deadlines:

January 3rd, 2008 Extended Submission of Research Papers
February 22nd, 2008 Results to Authors
April 3rd, 2008 Camera Ready due
7-10 September 2008 OSS2008 Conference in Milan

Track Committee

Francesco Di Cerbo
Free University of Bolzano-Bozen, Italy
Jean-Michel Dalle
University Pierre-et-Marie-Curie, Paris, France
Kieran Conboy
National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland
Sandro Morasca
Università degli Studi dell'Insubria, Varese, Italy
John Noll
Santa Clara University, US
Witold Pedrycz
University of Alberta, Canada
Gabriella Dodero
Free University of Bolzano-Bozen, Italy
Marco Scotto
Free University of Bolzano-Bozen, Italy
Stefano De Panfilis
Engineering Ingegneria Informatica S.p.a, Italy
Derrick Kourie
University of Pretoria, South Africa
Gerry Coleman
Dundalk Institute of Technology, Ireland
Alberto Sillitti
Free University of Bolzano-Bozen, Italy
Pär J. Ågerfalk
Uppsala University, Sweden
Olivier Berger
Dept. INF - Institut National des Télécommunications, France
Stéphane Laurière
Mandriva, France

External Board Reviewers

Morkel Theunissen
University of Pretoria, South Africa

Track Chair: Barbara Russo

Barbara Russo is associate Professor at the Faulty of Computer Science of The Free university of Bolzano-Bozen. She has a PhD oft he University of Trento in Mathematics. She was visiting researcher at the Max-Plank Institut für Mathematik in Bonn and The University of Liverpool. Her research interests are in the field of Empirical Software Engineering and Software Measurement. Her competences are: statistical models of software data for software reliability and process improvement with focus in Open Source Software and Agile Methods. She has more than 20 publications in International journals in Mathematics and Software Engineering. Professor Russo has experience in the coordination and development of European, national, and local research projects (NAME (FP5), COSPA (FP6), UNISAD, ABITAE). She is local coordinator of the European Master in Software Engineering (in 2006 awarded as the Erasums Mundus top quality program) and the Bachelor program for working students in Applied Computer Science (in 2006 awarded as national best project of collaboration with the industrial sector by the foundation Giuseppina Mai of the National Industrial Association).


  • 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.