[freeunitn] Workshop: Mediterranean Research on Free/Libre and Open Source Software

  • From: Vincenzo D'Andrea <vincenzo.dandrea@xxxxxxxx>
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  • Date: Mon, 18 Sep 2006 01:19:18 +0200

Workshop: Mediterranean Research on Free/Libre and Open Source Software

Co-locarted with the Mediterranean Conference on Information Systems

Venice, Italy – 5 October 2006 – http://mcis2006.org

Workshop Co-Chairs:

Vincenzo D'Andrea, dandrea@xxxxxxxxxxxx
Department of Information and Communication Technologies,
University of Trento, Italy

Stefano De Paoli, stefano.depaoli@xxxxxxxxxxxx
Maurizio Teli, maurizio.teli@xxxxxxxxxxxx
Department of Sociology and Social Research,
University of Trento, Italy


Free/Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS) is a growing phenomenon, changing
the way in which information systems are developed, distributed and implemented.
The changes in the intellectual property regime, as well as in the organizing
practices and in the technology produced, stimulate new questions and new
answers to old questions. In the last few years, a large number of researches
focused on the motivations of FLOSS developers, on how do they organize
themselves and on how is it possible to produce high quality software in loosely
coupled contexts.

New emergent approaches, focusing, for example, on the practises and the
materiality of FLOSS, are contributing to the growing level of academic
discussions on FLOSS, as well as to its understanding, and to improving IS
development and FLOSS diffusion.

The aim of this workshop is to discuss with researchers and practitioners,
mainly coming from the Mediterranean region, if there are new topics to be
considered or new approaches in the study of consolidated topics. The workshop
flavour is that of the Social Studies of Information Systems, so we solicit
contributions by researchers coming from social sciences and information systems
fields, as well as from practitioners. The workshop is intended as a dialogue
between different disciplines and perspectives.

The workshop will focus on new approaches related to the following, non exhaustive, list of topics:
- new approaches to the study of FLOSS and related phenomena
- developers and companies motivations: new approaches
- organizing communities: new approaches
- developing high quality FLOSS software: new approaches
- FLOSS as a socio – technical phenomenon
- intellectual property issues and FLOSS
- designing FLOSS software and communities

Workshop Description:

The workshop format is a full day, with presentations and discussions.
Perspective participants should send a brief (150 words maximum) description of
their focus of interest in the workshop topics. Participants wishing to give a
presentation during the workshop are required to send an extended abstract of
the presentation subject (1000 words maximum). All submission must include
contact information and affiliation, and must be sent to floss@xxxxxxxxxxxx by
September 20th. Notification of acceptance will be sent on September 23rd.

The registration to the Workshop is free for MCIS 2006 participants. Without MCIS2006 registration, the workshop cost is 80 Euro.

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