Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) has had a disruptive effect on the commercial software industry and the ways that organizations and individuals create, distribute, acquire and use software and software-based services. In addition to the many standalone FOSS projects, FOSS is at the heart of modern network-based computing infrastructures and can be found in the vast majority of applications that run in these environments.
Many organisations that have been known for developing proprietary software are now actively involved with FOSS. FOSS adoption continues to grow among businesses, governments, and other organizations. FOSS remains important for educators and researchers, as well as an important aspect of e-government and information society initiatives, providing access to high-quality software and the code used to create it. Also, FOSS has taken the lead in a number of crucial ICT domains, like Cloud Computing, where open source cloud stacks are widely adopted, and Big Data, where a wealth of FOSS solutions is now being built around Hadoop.
The 11th International Conference on Open Source Systems (OSS2015) - taking place on 16-17 May 2015, in Florence, Italy - will celebrate a decade of advances in the use of free and open source software by emphasising areas and topics that will drive future use over the next decade. This will be achieved through a combination of high-quality research papers, tutorials, workshops, demonstrations, and invited talks. OSS2015 will be co-located with the 2015 International Conference on Software Engineering as a way to cross-fertilise ideas. The theme for the 2015 edition will be "Open frameworks: from service to cloud", putting forward the idea on how open source framework can develop the transition from traditional IT services to cloud-based architectures.
A central goal of OSS2015 is to provide an international forum where a diverse community of professionals from academia, industry, the public sector, and diverse FOSS initiatives can come together to share research findings and practical experiences. The conference also aims to serve as a meeting place where people can identify new research ideas and techniques for putting FOSS into widespread use.
OSS2015 will include research papers, industry papers, formal tool demonstrations, lightning talks, new ideas, experience reports, and posters. OSS2015 also invites proposals for tutorials and workshops, submissions to the doctoral symposium, and submissions of panel proposals.
- Extended Paper Submission: 17 January 2015
- Notification to Authors: 14 February 2015
- Camera ready due: 28 February 2015
For more information, and to submit papers, visit the conference webpage.