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FLOSS Workshop 2010

4th FLOSS International Workshop on Free/Libre/Open Source Software

"Business models, social networks and collaborative knowledge development" 

GSBC and Department of Economics 

Friedrich Schiller University, Jena (Germany) 

July 1-2, 2010

The fourth FLOSS workshop continues along with the tradition of the first three meetings (Nice Sophia Antipolis - 2007Rennes - 2008Padua - 2009). We propose to discuss the many debated issues related to Free/Libre/Open Source Systems. 

The fourth FLOSS workshop will focus on research with respect to open source business models, social networks, and collaborative knowledge development. Thus, this year we will encourage contributions that relate open source business models and the role of firms in the OSS community, the organization of OS development communities and the dynamics of the links between their actors, as well as their capacity to innovate.

FLOSS embraces many dimensions and it is of interest for very different disciplines. We will therefore welcome submissions from various fields: economics & management, sociology, law, information systems & computer science, etc… We will consider both empirical approaches (surveys and case studies, econometric or experimental methods) and theoretical approaches (modeling, simulations).

The keynote speaker of this third workshop will be Jürgen Bitzer of the University Carl von Ossietzky in Oldenburg, who will present "Returns to Open Source Software Engagement: An Empirical Test of the Signaling Hypothesis". We will also have a thematic presentation by Rebeca Méndez-Durón of the University of the Balearic Islands who will present "Returns from Social Capital in Open Source Software Networks".

The call for paper is available on this website (also in pdf version), as well as the modalities of submission. We also provide information on how to arrange your travel to the workshop and arrange accomodation in Jena. The workshop will take place in the building of the Graduate School "Human Behaviour in Social and Economic Change" (GSBC) (Venue).

The programme of the workshop will be available and posted on this website at the beginning of June 2010. We will also give details of social events at that time.

We are always available at (contact) for any questions you may have about this workshop.

We gratefully acknowledge financial support from the Intershop Foundation and Red Hat.