[Air-L] Free Software Workshop in Porto Alegre

Yuri Takhteyev yuri at cs.stanford.edu
Thu Jan 24 09:28:41 PST 2013

Perhaps some AoIR members would be interested in this workshop on free
/ open source software in Porto Alegre next summer. The deadline is
February 20.

  - yuri

International Free Software Workshop 2013


>From the pioneer software sharing communities created around UNIX to
the community of Emacs hackers and beyond, Free and Open Source
Software (FOSS) development has been growing exponentially, following
the popularization and widespread usage of personal computers and the
Internet. Not only have FOSS communities expanded globally, but also
its body of literature, becoming relevant for computer scientists and
engineers, as well as for researchers in the humanities and social
sciences. In the past decade, FOSS research was consolidated around
questions such as individual motivation, collaborative practices,
issues of scale, governance, and coordination of development efforts,
as well as problems of political economy, involving the study of
economic models, and forms of political mobilization around Free

Our main goal in this workshop is to evaluate the state-of-the-art in
interdisciplinary research, exploring technical, legal, socioeconomic,
and cultural aspects of FOSS. We will focus on the aforementioned
research topics by discussing new contributions to the literature. We
invite paper submissions from any academic discipline on the following
and related topics:

- FOSS licensing and related legal aspects, copyright disputes,
software patents, GPL compliance, collective and individual ownership
of code;

- FOSS engineering, development methodologies, source code metrics,
and software quality assessment;

- Social, cultural, and economic studies of FOSS, involving
qualitative and quantitative studies of development and activist

- FOSS case studies: in-depth analysis of cases of implementation,
migration, success, or failure of FOSS projects worldwide;

- FOSS expansion and ongoing transformation: beyond software
development and towards Free Culture, Open Hardware, Open Access,
online independent journalism, and collaborative Internet-based

About FISL and WSL

The International Free Software Workshop (WSL) is a scientific event
which takes place within the International Free Software Forum (FISL).
Since 2000, FISL is organized by Free Software activists in Porto
Alegre, Brazil, and represents one of the biggest and most important
FOSS conferences in the world.

WSL welcomes papers from different disciplinary traditions, offering
the opportunity for professors, researchers, students, and other
professionals to present and discuss original research developed at
research centers, companies, or universities which develop, use,
disseminate, and/or reflect critically upon FOSS in its technical,
legal, socioeconomic, and cultural aspects. This call for papers can
be found translated in other languages at:

Information for Authors

   - Papers should be written in English, Portuguese, or Spanish
   - Papers should have a maximum length of 20 printed pages,
including abstract, figures and references
   - Submissions must be in PDF (following the SBC template at
   - Papers should be sent my email to luisfelipe/*/at/*/ucla.edu

Papers will be evaluated by academic reviewers with experience in FOSS
research, considering technical content and relevance for the
workshop. All accepted papers will be published in the conference
proceedings and will be available in the open repository of the WSL
community page (http://softwarelivre.org/wsl) under a Creative Commons
license: Attribution 3.0 unported (CC-BY-3.0).

In addition to the conference proceedings, the organizers are planning
to publish a book -- probably in digital format -- with the best
articles submitted to WSL.

For co-authored papers, the authors must define one presenter for
WSL2013. The presenter will receive a promotional code to register
free of charge for FISL. Accommodation and transportation expenses are
not funded by FISL or by the WSL.

Important Dates

   - Deadline for the submission of proposals:
     February 20th, 2013

   - Publication of accepted proposals:
     Mid-April, 2013

   - Deadline for final papers (camera-ready):
     April 30th, 2013

   - International Free Software Forum (FISL), Porto Alegre, Brazil
     July 3rd - 6th, 2013

   - Workshop Free Software (WSL), Porto Alegre, Brazil
     July 4th - 5th, 2013

Organizing Committee

General Chair

   Carlos D. Santos (Universidade de Brasilia, Brazil)

Program Committee Chair

   Luis Felipe R. Murillo (University of California, Los Angeles, USA)

Local Arrangements and Publication Chair

   Paulo Meirelles (Universidade de Sao Paulo, Brazil)

Publicity Co-Chairs

   Imed Hammouda (Tampere University of Technology, Finland)
   Gregorio Robles (Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Spain)
   Rafael Evangelista (Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Brazil)
   Veronica Xhardez (Flacso/CONICET - SoLAr, Argentina)
   Yuri Takhteyev  (University of Toronto, Canada)

Program Committee

   Ana Cristina Matte (Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil)
   Andre Leme Fleury (Universidade de Sao Paulo)
   Anthony Wasserman (Carnegie Mellon University, USA)
   Antonio Terceiro (Universidade Federal da Bahia, Brazil)
   Carolina Rossini (Electronic Frontier Foundation, USA)
   Célia Ralha (Universidade de Brasilia, Brazil)
   Christiana Freitas (Universidade de Brasilia, Brazil)
   Christopher Kelty (University of California, Los Angeles, USA)
   Daniel Batista (Universidade de Sao Paulo, Brazil)
   Fabio Kon (Universidade de Sao Paulo, Brazil)
   Gabriella Coleman (McGill University, Canada)
   Islene Garcia (Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Brazil)
   Jelena Karanovic (New York University, USA)
   Lilly Nguyen (University of California, Los Angeles, USA)
   Masayuki Hatta (Surugadai University, Japan)
   Tim Davies (University of Southampton, UK)
   Stefan Koch (Bogazici University, Turkey)

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