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16th International Symposium on Open Collaboration
Event in series OpenSym
Dates 2020/08/25 (iCal) - 2020/08/27
Location: Madrid, Spain
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Important dates
Submissions: 2020/06/15
General chairs: Gregorio Robles
PC chairs: Klaas-Jan Stol, Xiaofeng Wang
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The 16th International Symposium on Open Collaboration (OpenSym 2020) is the premier conference on open collaboration research and practice, including open source, open data, open science, open education, wikis and related social media, Wikipedia, and IT-driven open innovation research.

OpenSym is 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, social science, humanities, and everyone interested in understanding open collaboration and how it is changing the world.

Given the global developments of the COVID-19 pandemic, the OpenSym 2020 will be held as a virtual, online event, at the original planned date, from 25 – 27 August 2020. While a physical gathering would obviously be preferred, the current situation requires us to adapt.


  • Free/Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS)
  • FLOSS development communities, including both software engineering aspects and human factors
  • FLOSS development processes, such as code reviews, joining process, etc.
  • Best practices and case studies of open collaboration with FLOSS
  • FLOSS collaboration beyond software (e.g. FLOSS collaboration for open data/content, open standards, open hardware, etc.)
  • Wikipedia and Wikimedia Research
  • Participation in Wikimedia communities
  • Group Dynamics and Organization in Wikipedia and related projects
  • Readership/Engagement on Wikipedia and related projects
  • Technical Infrastructure and Design in Wikimedia projects
  • Evaluating Content of Wikimedia projects
  • Knowledge Diffusion, Outreach, and Generalization
  • Open Collaboration Research, esp. Wikis and Social Media
  • Novel open collaboration technologies ranging from entirely new socio-technical systems to MediaWiki extensions
  • Wikis in corporations, academia, non-profits, and other organizations
  • Online collaboration using social media technologies (e.g., Wikis, Blogs, Twitter)
  • Theoretical work on open collaboration
  • Digital divides and open collaboration technologies
  • Open Data and Open Science
  • Open data quality, standards, measures and metrics
  • Open data and open science methods, applications and prototypes
  • Best practices and case studies for Open Data and Open Science
  • Repositories, networks and working platforms for open scientific communication, collaboration, exchange and access to open

  • Open Education
  • Tools and methods for managing, storing and sharing of Open Educational Resources (OER)
  • Open online learning environments such as MOOCs
  • Enabling individual learning paths
  • Connecting formal and informal learning
  • Supporting self-paced learning and co-construction of knowledge
  • Development of new knowledge or products (e.g. Maker Spaces), collecting data (e.g. Citizen Science) or discussing
     political topics (e.g. e-participation).
  • Open Innovation
  • Architecture and design of open innovation systems
  • The role of IT-artefacts in open and collaborative innovation activities
  • Implementation of open innovation platforms in corporate IT landscapes
  • IT security, intellectual property and personal anonymity in open innovation
  • Best practices and case studies of open data, open standards, open source for open innovation
  • Open innovation and GLAM
  • Open Policy/Open Government
  • Open policy formulation and design
  • Implications of open policies for governments
  • Implementation of open policies
  • Measuring the success and impact of open policies
  • Best practices and cases studies of open policy/government
  • Openness in various public initiatives (e.g. Smart Cities, Internet of Things)
  • Open Standards
  • Communities for development, maintenance, use, and implementation of open standards
  • Implications of open standards for governments and other organizations
  • Open standards development processes
  • Open standards and licensing aspects

The OpenSym Conference Experience

'OpenSym 2020 will be held as a virtual, online event on 25-27 August 2020'Fetter Text. Research and community presentations and performances will be accompanied by keynotes, invited speakers, and a social program. The capital of Spain, Madrid is a vibrant city with a rich history with plenty of things to see and do. Madrid is easy to reach with all major airlines.

A Doctoral Consortium will also be held on 24 August 2020, the day before the conference begins.

This conference provides a platform for researchers and practitioners from a variety of domains to share insights and ideas relevant to understanding open collaboration in its many forms. The open space track is a key ingredient of the event that distinguishes OpenSym from other conferences. It is an integral part of the program that makes it easy to talk to other researchers and practitioners and to stretch your imagination and conversations beyond the limits of your own discipline, exposing you to the full breadth of open collaboration research. The open space track is entirely participant-organized, is open for everyone, and requires no submission or review.

Facts about "OPENSYM 2020"
AcronymOPENSYM 2020 +
End dateAugust 27, 2020 +
Event in seriesOPENSYM +
Event typeConference +
Has coordinates40° 25' 0", -3° 42' 13"Latitude: 40.416705555556
Longitude: -3.7035833333333
Has general chairGregorio Robles +
Has location cityMadrid +
Has location countryCategory:Spain +
Has program chairKlaas-Jan Stol + and Xiaofeng Wang +
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IsAEvent +
Start dateAugust 25, 2020 +
Submission deadlineJune 15, 2020 +
Title16th International Symposium on Open Collaboration +