Dear, US Faculty who have doctoral students doing research related to
Open Source Software and Systems:

There is still time for PhD students working on theses related to the
study of open source software or open source systems more broadly, to
submit a paper proposal for presentation at the Doctoral Consortium at
the 8th International Conference on Open Source Systems (OSS2012) in
Hammamet, Tunisia. The Call for Papers is attached below.

PhD students who are United States citizens: Thanks to the support of
the US NSF, we have funding to support travel to the doctoral
consortium and OSS 2012 conference for 3 students (up to US$2600
each). Students interested in applying for this opportunity should
contact Professor Charles Schweik at cschweik AT gmail DOT com.


           CALL FOR PAPERS

               FOR THE


 at the 8th International Conference on
      Open Source Systems OSS2012


Goal and Scope
The goal of the doctoral consortium (DC) is to provide PhD students
with an environment in which they can share and discuss their goals,
methods and results of their research. During the doctoral consortium
students will give a presentation of their current progress. The
doctoral consortium provides students with feedback on their work from
other students and faculty members, allowing them to enhance their own
research proposal *** or get feedback on their research in process

The scope of research topics of the doctoral consortium is the same as
for the main conference. Therefore, we invite submissions related to
all forms of open initiatives. Open source systems (OSS) now extend
beyond software to include open access, open documents, open science,
open education, open government, open cloud, open hardware, open
artworks and museum exhibits, open innovation and more. Submissions
may discuss any aspects of open source including, but not limited to
software engineering, social and cultural, diffusion and deployment,
legal and economic 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 Dates

1 June, 2012: Submission deadline for papers
18 July, 2012: Decision back to authors
10 September, 2012: Doctoral consortium presentations
26 October, 2012: Revised papers due
9 November, 2012: Doctoral Consortium proceedings published online

Papers submitted to the doctoral consortium should be between 3,000
and 4,000 words, not including references, and should be formatted
using the following template. 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). 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.


The Doctoral Consortium submissions will be handled separately from
the main conference.

*** Submissions should be emailed to with the
subject line "OSS 2012 Doctoral Consortium Submission." ***

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 minutes discussion during which students are given
feedback on their work by faculty members and other students.

Travel funding fellowships

The DC organizing chairs are actively looking for funds to support
travel costs for some doctoral students to attend this conference.
Should funds be received, applicants will be chosen based on the merit
of the paper submitted. Interested participants should note in their
submission that they are interested in being considered for this
funding (assuming it is available) and should monitor the OSS2012 for
new developments related to this funding possibility.

Organizing Chairs
Cornelia Boldyreff, University of East London, UK.
U. Yeliz Eseryel, University of Groningen, The Netherlands.
Charles Knutson, Brigham Young University, USA.
Charlie Schweik, University of Massachusetts, USA.
Klaas-Jan Stol, Lero, University of Limerick, Ireland.

*** Please see the website for further details: *** or
email any of the organizing chairs above.