Open Source Systems 2009 Doctoral Consortium Call for Papers

June 3, 2009, Skovde, Sweden
Co-located with OSS2009
The 5th International Conference on Open Source Systems
June 3-6, 2009, Skovde, Sweden
http://www.oss2009.org/

Co-located with the 5th International Conference on Open Source
Systems (OSS 2009), a Doctoral Consortium will be organized on
June 3, 2009.

GOAL

The goal of the doctoral consortium is to provide PhD students with an
environment in which they can share and discuss their goals, methods
and results at an early stage of their research. During the doctoral
consortium students will give a presentation of their current
progress. Students will be guided by a faculty member with expertise
in the area of the research topic. The doctoral consortium provides
students with feedback on their work from other students and faculty
members, allowing them to enhance their own research proposal. The
doctoral consortium will take place on June 3, allowing participants
to attend the OSS 2009 conference after the doctoral consortium.

SCOPE

The scope of research topics of the doctoral consortium is the same as
for the main conference. We therefore invite submissions related to
all aspects of open source software including, but not limited to
software engineering, social and cultural, diffusion and deployment
issues.

Students who submit a paper to the doctoral consortium should have
decided on a research topic or topic area, and have a proposal for an
appropriate research method. Preferably, students should be at least a
year from completion of their research in order to be able to incorporate
the feedback obtained during the consortium in their dissertation.

IMPORTANT DEADLINES

* February 13, 2009: Submission deadline for papers
* March 8, 2009: Decision back to authors
* March 20, 2009: Camera ready papers due
* June 3, 2009: Doctoral consortium

INSTRUCTIONS FOR SUBMISSION

Papers submitted to the doctoral consortium should be between 3,000
and 4,000 words, not including references, and should be formatted
using the same templates as the main conference that are available in
the "Author's Kit" section. Each submission must include title,
author name(s) and affiliation, abstract, list of keywords and a
complete list of references. Papers will be subjected to a
single-blind review (in which the authors don't know the reviewers,
but the reviewers know the authors). Details on how to submit papers
will be made available shortly.

Submissions should at least discuss the following elements: the
background of the research, the motivation for the research, the
research question(s) addressed in the study and a description of the
proposed research method. Students in the later stages of their
research are encouraged to include an overview of their completed
research activities.

ACCEPTANCE

Accepted papers will be included in the proceedings of the Doctoral
Consortium. Submitting a paper to the Doctoral Consortium represents
the author's agreement to allow the Doctoral Consortium Chairs to
publish the paper in the Doctoral Consortium proceedings without
compensation to the author. The parties understand that the author is
granting a nonexclusive license and all copyrights remain the property
of the author.

Authors of accepted papers are required to register for and attend the
doctoral consortium. They will also be asked to give a presentation on
their work for about 20 minutes, which will be followed by a 20 minute
discussion during which students are given feedback on their work by
faculty members and other students.

DOCTORAL CONSORTIUM CHAIRS

* Walt Scacchi, University of California, Irvine, USA
* Kris Ven, University of Antwerp, Belgium
* Jan Verelst, University of Antwerp, Belgium

PROGRAM COMMITTEE

* Joseph Feller, University College Cork, Ireland
* Daniel M. German, University of Victoria, Canada
* Jesus Gonzalez-Barahona, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Spain
* Maha Shaikh, London School of Economics, UK
* Giancarlo Succi, Free University of Bozen/Bolzano, Italy