Research Room @ FOSDEM: Libre Software Communities Meet Research Community Call for Participation

Joint workshop sponsored by the FLOSSMETRICS, QUALOSS, SQO-OSS, MANCOOSI and FLOSSMole research projects

The workshop will take place in the Research Room in FOSDEM 2008, to be held on Brussels next February 23rd and 24th 2008.

Many research projects (among them those sponsoring this workshop) are running under the scope of the Framework Programme of the European Commission. Those projects need to study different data sources belonging to libre software projects. For instance, a Subversion repository is a valuable source of information for research. However, its main purpose is not research, but source code version control, etc. This issue generates an impact on the project when the repository is used for research purposes (think for instance of the bandwidth used). In order to minimize the impact of the research activities in the life and resources of the libre software communities, we proudly announce the launching of the Research Friendly initiative. This initiative intends to be a meeting point among developers and researchers. With more detail, Research Friendly will provide:

Meeting point for surveys. When a researcher wants to make a survey to developers, that survey will be made available in Once a year we will launch a call for surveys, intended for developers to reply to the surveys.

Repositories of the different projects. will mirror the different repositories, so all those data sources are available for researchers without requiring any extra resource from the libre software community.

Results will be fed back to the communities collaborating in the initiative. FOSDEM, probably the largest meeting point for libre software developers in Europe, provides an opportunity for this contact and exchange of ideas. The idea of the Research Room at FOSDEM is to explore the opportunities of this exchange, and what happens when developers and researchers are put together in the same (physical) space.

To frame and provide input to this ResearchFriendly initiative, we’re asking for contributions both from researchers and developers, on the following topics (the list is not exhaustive), to be presented at the Resarch Room @ FOSDEM:

What developers feel could be useful from research on libre software

Feedback from the developer community to researchers

Experiences of developers and researchers working together

Results of applying research methodologies and analysis to libre software projects

Results (including expected results) of research projects studying libre software

What can the research community offer to libre software development

Methodologies and techniques that could be used to address specific problems in libre software development Although academic presentations are welcome, other, more informal (and maybe provocative) contributions are also encouraged. The main target is to have a good collection of ideas and experiences to foster discussion and interaction.

Those interested in contributing are invited to submit a short paper in PDF format, summarizing the intended contents of the presentation (probably two or three pages are enough, but no paper will be rejected for being too long). It should provide enough information to let the organizing committee decide on its appropriateness for the workshop, and the potential interest for participants.

Deadline for submissions: January 24th 2008

Notification of acceptance: January 31st 2008

Dates: February 23rd (afternoon — workshop) and 24th (morning — demos) 2008 Submissions should be sent to both addresses below, by the deadline:

Jesus M. Gonzalez-Barahona – jgb at

Israel Herraiz – herraiz at

Accepted papers will be published on-line, after letting authors provide more complete versions, if they want. Organizing committee (alphabetical order)]

Adriaan de Groot (KDE)

Jean-Christophe Deprez (CETIC, Belgium)

Roberto Di Cosmo (University of Paris VII, France)

Jesus M. Gonzalez-Barahona (Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Spain)

Israel Herraiz (Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Spain)

Stefan Koch (Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, Austria)

Sebastian Kugler (KDE)

Martin Michlmayr (HP, Austria)

Gregorio Robles (Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Spain)

Diomidis Spinellis (Athens University of Economics and Business, Greece)

Georgios Gousios (Athens University of Economics and Business, Greece)

Ioannis Stamelos (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece)

Megan Squire Conklin (Elon University, USA)

James Howison (Syracuse University, USA)

Greg Madey (University of Notre-Dame, USA)

Daniel M. German (University of Victoria, Canada)

Stephane Lauriere (Mandriva, France) Sponsoring projects

The Research Room at FOSDEM is sponsored by the following projects (although the meeting is completely open to anyone interested):






Most of these projects are funded in part by the European Commission, under the Information Society Technologies (IST) research programme of the Sixth Framework Program. A list of the IST projects in the area of Software Technologies is available from