Call for Papers

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 organizations 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 (OSS 2015) will celebrate a decade of advances in the use of free and open source software by emphasizing 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-fertilize 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.

Accepted papers will be included in the conference proceedings, which are published by Springer.


We are seeking submissions across a broad range of topics, but are particularly interested in those areas most likely to have an impact on computing over the next decade, including computing infrastructure, data management, and the Internet of Things. For practical experiences, we are seeking submissions that describe FOSS applications in embedded systems (IoT), health care, transportation, communications, and energy management.

Other topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

FOSS technologies
FOSS in the cloud
FOSS for data management and analysis
Security of FOSS
Interoperability, portability, scalability of FOSS
Open standards, open data, open cloud, open hardware and open exhibits
FOSS in cloud-based applications
Architecture and design of FOSS
Mobile and Embedded FOSS
Mobile Operating Systems
Open Source apps for mobile devices
Open Source app markets and software delivery platforms
Software metrics for Open Source mobile software
Energy efficiency in Mobile FOSS
FOSS Quality
Static and Dynamic FOSS testing
Formal FOSS verification
Detection of bad coding practices and adoption of coding conventions
OSS metrics: measuring FOSS performance, safety, and quality
FOSS performance
FOSS Evaluation, adoption and use
Evaluation of FOSS software, including comparisons with proprietary software, in industry and government
Use and acceptance of FOSS; organizational policies
The role of FOSS-oriented foundations
Dissemination, redistribution and crowdsourcing of FOSS systems
Expanding scientific research and technology development methods through openness
Role of FOSS in ICT and sustainable development
FOSS practices and methods
New experiences with FOSS development tools and practices
Knowledge and documentation management in FOSS
Economic, organizational and social issues related to FOSS
Economic analysis of FOSS
Maturity models of FOSS
FOSS in public sector
FOSS intellectual property, copyrights and licensing
Non-Governmental Organizations and FOSS
FOSS and education
Teaching FOSS to people of all ages and backgrounds
Use of FOSS in education
FOSS platforms and toolkits
FOSS Data processing and storage platforms
FOSS environments for cloud computing
FOSS business intelligence toolkits
FOSS business packages (CRM, ERP, HRM)
FOSS collaboration and communication environments
Important Dates

Extended Paper Submission due: January 17, 2015
Notification to Authors: February 14, 2015
Camera ready due: February 28, 2015