Open Source Communities and Platforms

Call for Papers in text Version

Communities of OS developers have come together to achieve significant accomplishments in the development and propagation of not only open source software but methods and practices that rival, and sometime surpass, many traditionally closed source development companies. How these OS communities form, innovate, operate, and sustain themselves over time to satisfy and actually grow the marketplace for software continues to attract not only cross discipline researchers but also industry analyst. Furthermore, this marketplace will continue to grow only if the solutions provided by the community can be trusted in the software systems that employ and integrate open source software.

In this track, we solicit rigorous research and supported studies into the nature of OS communities as well as the platforms (in the broad sense, for example; legal, economic, cultural, etc.) that support those communities. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
  • Motivation, participation, and performance
  • Knowledge management and retention
  • OS community support infrastructures
  • Data mining
  • Innovation
  • Organizational aspects
  • Social network analysis
  • Collective decision making and aggregation
  • Trust
  • Sustainability
  • Business and industry to OS communities collaboration
  • Software engineering development processes and practices

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

Kevin Crowston
Syracuse University, USA
Mahmoud Elish
King Fahd University, Saudi Arabia
Jeremy Hayes
University College Cork, Ireland
Joseph Kiniry
University College Dublin, Ireland
Gregory Lopez
Thales, France
Paul Malone
Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland
Catharina Melian
Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden
Paolo Pumilia
EST, Italy
Walt Scacchi
University of California, Irvine, USA
Barbara Scozzi
Politecnico di Bari, Italy
Gregory Simmons
University of Ballarat, Australia
Sandra A. Slaughter
Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
Charles Weinstock
Software Engineering Institute, USA
Hongbo Xu
South China University Of Technology, China

Track Chair: Scott A. Hissam

Scott A. Hissam is a senior member of the technical staff for the Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute, where he conducts research on component-based software engineering and Open Source Software. His previous publications include two books, papers published in international journals including IEEE Internet Computing and Journal of Software Maintenance , and numerous technical reports. Scott is a founding member of the IFIP Working Group 2.13 on Open Source Software and has served as workshop chair and as tutorial chair for the International Conference on Open Source Systems. He has also been a co-organizer for the Open Source Software Engineering workshop series at the International Conference on Software Engineering.


  • 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.