OpenSym 2017, the 13th International Symposium on Open Collaboration

Call for Papers
August 23-25, 2017 | Galway, Ireland

Research paper submission deadline is April 21st, 2017.
Doctoral Symposium submission deadline is April 30th, 2017
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The 13th International Symposium on Open Collaboration (OpenSym 2017) is the premier conference on open collaboration research and practice, including open source, open data, open science, open policy, open education, wikis and related social media, Wikipedia, and IT-driven open innovation research. OpenSym was the first conference series to bring together the different strands of open collaboration research and practice, seeking to create synergies and inspire new collaborations between people from computer science, information science, software engineering, social science, humanities, and everyone interested in understanding open collaboration and how it is changing the world. OpenSym is held in cooperation with ACM SIGWEB and ACM SIGSOFT and the conference proceedings will archived in the ACM digital library like all prior editions.

This year’s conference will be held in Galway, Ireland, on August 23-25, 2017.  A Doctoral Symposium will take place on August 22, 2017.


We are looking for submissions on, but not limited to, the following topics:

  • Free/Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS)
  • Open Data and Open Science
  • Open Education
  • Open Innovation
  • Open Collaboration Research, esp. Wikis and Social Media
  • Open Policy/Open Government
  • Wikipedia and Wikimedia Research


Important Dates

  • Submission deadline: April 21st, 2017
  • Reviews sent to authors: June 2nd, 2017
  • Response to reviews from authors due: June 30th, 2017
  • Decision notification: July 7th, 2017
  • Camera-ready papers due: July 21st, 2017

Doctoral Consortium

  • Submission deadline: April 30, 2017
  • Decision notification: May 15, 2017

The OpenSym Conference Experience

OpenSym 2017 will be held at the National University of Ireland, Galway on August 23-25, 2017. Research and community presentations and performances will be accompanied by keynotes, invited speakers, and a social program in one of the most vibrant cities in Ireland.  A Doctoral Symposium will also be held the day before the conference begins – August 22, 2017.

Conference Organisation

The General Chair of the conference is Lorraine Morgan, Lero (the Irish Software Research Centre) and Whitaker Institute, NUI Galway. Feel free to contact us with any questions you might have at

The Program Co-Chairs are Claudia Müller-Birn (Freie Universität Berlin) and Benjamin Mako Hill (University of Washington). Associate Chairs and program committee members will be listed as the committee is finalized.

The Doctoral Symposium chairs are Kieran Conboy (NUI Galway), Joe Feller (University College Cork) and Matt Germonprez (University of Omaha-Nebraska).