OSS 2.0 is now an Unconference!

Unconference Proceedings

Thanks everybody for participating to the unconference, we are looking forward to meeting you again or hearing from you.

The unconference proceedings can be downloaded here (PDF file).

What is an unconference?

An unconference is a facilitated, face-to-face, and participant-driven conference (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unconference).

We will discuss hot topics about Open Source, communities, and firms involvement in Open Source projects, but, and that is the most interesting part, every participant will be invited to propose topics, present results of his research or his experience. If you would like to propose a topic, please refer to the OSS 2.0 Unconference Wiki Page.

Anyone is invited and can participate WITH NO FEES OR FORMAL REGISTRATION OF ANY KIND.


Open Source software (OSS) is gaining momentum. The largest IT and software companies all around the world are now investing in it: IBM has recently released Eclipse under an OSS license, Sun Microsystems has acquired MySQL and has released Solaris as OSS, Oracle has acquired BerkeleyDB. At the same time, more and more companies are building their business according to the Open Source paradigm. Many OSS projects are currently run and maintained by companies, even tough indirectly. For example, more than 90% of OpenOffice code is developed by professional software engineers employed by a pool of companies that include Sun, IBM, Novell, Red Flag, Red Hat, and Google. Most of the code of MySQL is developed by MySQL's employees. Recent research has shown that even among managed and active projects hosted on SourceForge more than 40% of the code is contributed by paid developers.

Based on this empirical evidence, why should companies invest in OSS?

The OSS 2.0 Workshop represents an ideal context to develop a fruitful discussion around these topics. If, on the one hand, the topics of the workshop have the potential to attract a large number of economists and management scholars, on the other hand, the closeness to the OSS2008 conference will foster the participation of academics from other disciplines, such as software engineering and information systems researchers, creating an interdisciplinary milieu for a promising debate.


List of Topics

The following represents a non exhaustive list of topics. To contribute with your own topic, please refer to the OSS 2.0 Unconference Wiki Page.

  • OSS business models:

    OSS strategies of software companies, sustainability of OSS-based business models, hybridization between commercial and open software, impact of OSS on firm performance.
  • Companies in OSS projects:

    Companies' involvement in OSS projects: contributions and strategies, role of paid developers and social networks, impact of companies' involvement on software quality.
  • Communities:

    Advantages of OSS communities for OSS-based business models, communities as market platforms and source of feedback, managerial strategies for leveraging OSS communities.
  • Innovation models:

    Open innovation framework, factors favouring the emergence of OSS-like innovation patterns, innovation policies tailored to software design, OSS technology transfer issues.
  • OSS model and communities in other sectors:

    Applicability of OSS-like models to other sectors (biotech, multimedia, etc.), role played by communities in other sectors.