WIKISYM 2012 CALL FOR PARTICIPATION
8th International Symposium on Wikis and Open Collaboration
August 27-29, 2012 | Linz, Austria
The International Symposium on Wikis and Open Collaboration
is the premier conference on open collaboration and related technologies.
In 2012, WikiSym celebrates its 8th year of scholarly, technical and
community innovation in Linz, Austria. We are excited this year to be
collocated with Ars Electronica <http://www.aec.at/festival/en/>, the
premier digital art and science meeting that attracts over 35,000 attendees
Submissions are invited for the following categories:
April 7, 2012 : Research Papers, Panels, Workshops and Experience
April 27, 2012 : Doctoral Symposium
May 30, 2012: Notification of Acceptance for Research Papers, Panels, Workshops and Experience reports
June 8, 2012: Posters and Demos due
June 22, 2012: Posters and Demos announced
 As determined at the International Date Line. In other words, as long
as it’s still April 7th or April 27 somewhere on Earth, the system will
accept your submissions.
The conference program will include a peer-reviewed research track,
experience reports, workshops, posters, demos, a doctoral consortium, invited
keynotes and panel speakers. As always, the participant-organized Open
Space track will run throughout the conference. Evening social events will
follow, because wiki folks know the value of a good party for sparking
conversation and collaboration. Finally, WikiSym co-occurs with Ars
Electronica, and we are arranging experiences where conference attendees
can enjoy this innovative and unusual event.
Topics appropriate for submissions include all aspects of the people,
tools, contexts, and content that comprise open collaboration systems. For
– Collaboration tools and processes
– Social and cultural aspects of collaboration
– Collaboration beyond text: images, video, sound, etc.
– Communities and workgroups
– Knowledge and information production
– New media literacies
– Uses and impact of wikis and other open resources, tools, and
practices in fields and application areas, for example:
– Open source software development and use
– Education and Open Educational Resources
– E-government, open government, and public policy
– Law/Intellectual Property (including Creative Commons)
– Journalism (including participatory journalism)
– Art and Entertainment (including collaborative and
– Science (including collaboratories)
– Publishing (including open access and open review models)
– Business (including open and collaborative management styles)
In addition to research and development topics, WikiSym also invites
innovative proposals for open, collaborative art and performance. These
proposals should be made directly to the conference chairs.
GENERAL SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS AND INFORMATION
All accepted submissions will be published in the WikiSym proceedings and
archived in the ACM Digital Library. Long and short research papers will be
rigorously peer reviewed and treated as archival publications. Submissions
to other tracks will also be reviewed and appear in the ACM DL, but they
are considered to be non-archival and may be used as the basis for later
publications. Authors of research papers should use the ACM/CHI SIG
Proceedings Format, and other contribution types will use the ACM/CHI
Extended Abstracts Format. Templates for both formats are available at
General submission instructions will be posted and the conference
submission site opened around March 1. Instructions for the various
contribution types are below.
Research Papers – Long (up to 10 pages) and Short (up to 4 pages)
Research papers present integrative reviews or original reports of
substantive new work: theoretical, empirical, and/or in the design,
development and/or deployment of novel systems.
Research papers will be reviewed by the Program Committee to meet rigorous
academic standards of publication. Papers will be reviewed for relevance,
conceptual quality, innovation and clarity of presentation. They should be
written in English and must not exceed 10 pages (for full papers) or 4
pages (for short papers). At least one author of accepted papers is
required to attend the conference in order to present the paper.
Workshops (up to 6 pages, Extended Abstracts format)
Workshops provide an opportunity for researchers and practitioners to
discuss and learn about topics that require in-depth, extended engagement
such as new systems, research methods, standards, and formats.
Workshop proposals should describe what you intend to do and how your
session will meet the criteria described above. It should include a concise
abstract, proposed time frame (half-day or full-day), what you plan to do
during the workshop, and one-paragraph biographies of all organizers.
Workshop proposals will be reviewed and selected for their interest to the
community. Each accepted workshop will be provided with a meeting room for
either a half or full day. Organizers may also request technology and
materials (projector, flip pads, etc).
Panels (up to 6 pages, Extended Abstracts format)
Panels provide an interactive forum for bringing together people with
interesting points of view to discuss compelling issues around open
collaboration. Panels involve participation from both the panelists and
audience members in a lively discussion. Proposals for panels should
describe the topics and goals and explain how the panel will be organized
and how the Wikisym community will benefit. It should include a concise
abstract and one-paragraph biographies of panelists and moderators. Panel
submissions will be reviewed and selected for their interest to the
community. Each panel will be given a 90-minute time slot.
Experience Reports (up to 16 pages, Extended Abstracts format)
Experience reports are an integral part of the conference program. These
are opportunities to discuss how ideas that sound good on paper (and at
conferences!) work in real life projects and deployments. Many attendees
want to learn from people on the front lines what it is like to do things
like start a company wiki, use open collaboration tools in a classroom, or
build a political campaign around open collaboration systems. Experience
reports are not research papers; their goal is to present experience and
reflections on a particular case, and they are reviewed for usefulness,
clarity and reflection. Strong experience reports discuss both benefits and
drawbacks of the approaches used and clearly call out lessons learned.
Reports may focus on a particular aspect of technology usage and practice,
or describe broad project experiences.
Posters (up to 4 pages, Extended Abstracts format)
Poster presentations enable researchers to present late-breaking results,
significant work in progress, or work that is best communicated in
conversation. WikiSym’s lively poster sessions let conference attendees
exchange ideas one-on-one with authors, and let authors discuss their work
in detail with those attendees most deeply interested in the topic. Poster
proposals may describe original research, engineering, or experience
reports. Successful applicants will display their posters, up to 1x2m in
size, at a special session during the Symposium.
Demos (up to 4 pages, Extended Abstracts format)
No format is better suited for demonstrating the utility of new
collaboration technologies than showing and using them. Demonstrations give
presenters an opportunity to show running systems and gather feedback. Demo
submissions should provide a setup for the demo, a specific description of
what you plan to demo, what you hope to get out of demoing, and how the
audience will benefit. A short note of any special technical requirements
should be included. Demo submissions will be reviewed based on their
relevance to the community.
The WikiSym 2012 Doctoral Symposium is a forum in which Ph.D. students can
meet and discuss their work with each other and a panel of experienced
researchers and practitioners. The symposium will be held on Tuesday August
28 on the campus of Johannes Kepler University. More information about the
symposium’s leaders, goals, submission process and criteria, and funding
will be posted shortly.
For short and informal opportunities to organize discussion,
brain-storming, and other collaborative activities, the Open Space track
will run throughout WikiSym. Open Space is an entirely
participant-organized track and requires no submission or review.
Note on Publications
Work submitted to Wikisym is published in the ACM digital library. This
means it is not open access. However, ACM has a very new service called
ACM Author-izer which allows authors to post official copies of their
papers on personal websites for people to access, even if those people do
not have access to the ACM digital library. We see this as a step to open
access and are pleased to support this service.