WikiSym, the 9th International Symposium on Wikis and Open Collaboration
OpenSym, the 2013 International Symposium on Open Collaboration

August 5-7, 2013 | Hong Kong, China
In cooperation with ACM SIGWEB and ACM SIGSOFT


The 2013 Joint International Symposium on Open Collaboration (WikiSym + OpenSym 2013) is the premier conference on open collaboration research, including wikis and social media, Wikipedia, free, libre, and open source software, open access, open data and open government research. WikiSym is in its 9th year and will be complemented by OpenSym, a new conference on open collaboration research and an adjunct to the successful WikiSym conference series.

WikiSym + OpenSym 2013 is the first conference to bring together the different strands of open collaboration research, seeking to create synergies and inspire new research between computer scientists, social scientists, legal scholars, and everyone interested in understanding open collaboration and how it is changing the world.

WikiSym + OpenSym 2013 will be held in Hong Kong, China, on August 5-7, 2013. WikiSym is in-cooperation with ACM SIGWEB and OpenSym is in-cooperation with ACM SIGSOFT.


The joint conference will contain peer-reviewed research tracks on:

Research papers present integrative reviews or original reports of substantive new work: theoretical, empirical, and/or in the design, development and/or deployment of novel concepts, systems, and mechanisms. Research papers will be reviewed by a research track program committee to meet rigorous academic standards of publication. Papers will be reviewed for relevance, conceptual quality, innovation and clarity of presentation.

Each track has its own call for papers, which you can find at and Submission deadline is March 17, 2013.

Authors whose submitted papers have been accepted for presentation at the conference have a choice of

WikiSym + OpenSym seeks to accommodate the needs of the different research disciplines it draws on.


WikiSym + OpenSym seeks to explore the synergies between all strands of open collaboration research. Thus, we will have one doctoral symposium, in which Ph.D. students from different disciplines can present their work and receive feedback from senior faculty and their peers.

The call for papers for the doctoral symposium can be found at and Submission deadline is April 14, 2013.


WikiSym + OpenSym is also seeking submissions for experience reports (long and short), tutorials, workshops, panels, non-research posters, and demos. Such work accepted for presentation or performance at the conference is considered part of the community track. It will be put into the proceedings in a community track section; authors can opt-out of the publication, as with research papers.

The call for submissions to the community track can be found at and Submission deadline is May 17, 2013.


WikiSym + OpenSym 2013 will be held in Hong Kong on August 5-7, 2013. Research paper presentations and community presentations and performances will be accompanied by keynotes, invited speakers, and a social program in one of the most vibrant cities on this planet.

The open space track is a key ingredient of the event that distinguishes WikiSym + OpenSym 2013 from other conferences. It is an integral part of the program that makes it easy to talk to other researchers and to stretch your imagination and conversations beyond the limits of your own subdiscipline, 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.

The conference is organized (general chairs) by

Feel free to contact us at or with any questions you might have.

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