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Logo of the 2008 conference
AbbreviationOpenSym / WikiSym
Disciplinewiki & open collaboration research
Publication details
PublisherACM Digital Library

OpenSym is a shorthand for International Symposium on Open Collaboration, formerly International Symposium on Wikis and Open Collaboration, also formerly WikiSym or the Wiki Symposium, a conference dedicated to wiki research and practice. In 2014, the name of the conference was changed from WikiSym to OpenSym to reflect a broadening of scope from wiki and Wikipedia research and practice to open collaboration research, including wikis and Wikipedia research, but also free/libre/open source, open data, etc. research. The conference series is held in-cooperation with ACM SIGWEB and ACM SIGSOFT and its proceedings are published in the ACM Digital Library.

Overview of conferences, 2005–present[edit]

Aaron Halfaker and Stuart Geiger at OpenSym 2018
WikiSym conferences
Conference Date Place Proceedings
WikiSym 2005 14–16 October United States San Diego, California, US [1]
WikiSym 2006 21–23 August Denmark Odense, Denmark [2]
WikiSym 2007 21–23 October Canada Montreal, Canada [3]
WikiSym 2008 8–10 September Portugal Porto, Portugal [4]
WikiSym 2009 25–27 October United States Orlando, Florida, US [5]
WikiSym 2010 7–9 July Poland Gdańsk, Poland [6]
WikiSym 2011 3–5 October United States Mountain View, California, US [7]
WikiSym 2012 27–29 August Austria Linz, Austria [8]
WikiSym 2013[permanent dead link] 5–7 August Hong Kong Hong Kong [9]
OpenSym 2014 27-29 August Germany Berlin, Germany [10]
OpenSym 2015 19-21 August United States San Francisco, US [11]
OpenSym 2016[permanent dead link] 17-19 August Germany Berlin, Germany [12]
OpenSym 2017 23-25 August Republic of Ireland Galway, Ireland [13]
OpenSym 2018 22-24 August France Paris, France [14]
OpenSym 2019 20-22 August Sweden Skövde, Sweden [15]
OpenSym 2020 25-27 August Spain Madrid, Spain [16]


United States WikiSym 2005

WikiSym 2005 was co-located with ACM OOPSLA 2005, held in San Diego, California, US, 14–16 October 2005.[1] Speakers included Ward Cunningham, Jimmy Wales, Ross Mayfield and Sunir Shah. Sponsors of the event included Google. Conference chair was Dirk Riehle.[2]

Denmark WikiSym 2006

WikiSym 2006 was co-located with ACM Hypertext 2006 from 21–23 August 2006 in Odense, Denmark.[3] Invited speakers included Angela Beesley ("How and Why Wikipedia Works"), Doug Engelbart and Eugene Eric Kim ("The Augmented Wiki"), Mark Bernstein ("Intimate Information: organic hypertext structure and incremental formalization for everyone's everyday tasks"), and Ward Cunningham ("Design Principles of Wiki: How can so little do so much?"). Conference chair was Dirk Riehle and program chair was James Noble.[4]

Canada WikiSym 2007

WikiSym 2007 was co-located with OOPSLA 2007, an ACM conference, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on 21–23 October 2007.[5] Invited speakers were Jonathan Grudin and Ward Cunningham. Conference chair was Alain Désilets and program chair was Robert Biddle.[6]

Portugal WikiSym 2008

WikiSym 2008 was held in Porto, Portugal, in 8–10 September 2008, at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto and supported ("in-cooperation agreement") by the ACM.[7][8] Keynotes were given by George Landow, Professor of Art and English at Brown University[9] and Stewart Nickolas, IBM Emerging Technologies while Dan Ingalls, Sun Microsystems Laboratories gave an invited talk. The symposium chair was Ademar Aguiar and the program chair was Mark Bernstein.

United States WikiSym 2009

WikiSym 2009 was held in Orlando, Florida, on 25–27 October 2009 at the Disney Convention Center. Keynotes were given by Fernanda Viegas and Martin Wattenberg as well as by Brion Vibber. The symposium chair was Dirk Riehle of University of Erlangen and the program chair was Amy Bruckman of Georgia Tech.

Poland WikiSym 2010

WikiSym 2010 was held in Gdańsk, Poland on 7–9 July 2010, co-located with Wikimania.[10] Keynote speakers were Cliff Lampe and Andrew Lih. The symposium chair was Phoebe Ayers and the program chair was J. Felipe Ortega. An open access version of the proceedings is available Archived 27 August 2010 at the Wayback Machine, in addition to the ACM proceedings.

United States WikiSym 2011

WikiSym 2011 was held in Mountain View, California, on 3–5 October 2011.[11] Keynote speakers were Cathy Casserly, CEO of Creative Commons, Jeff Heer, assistant professor from Stanford University, and Ed Chi of Google. The symposium chair was J. Felipe Ortega and the program chair was Andrea Forte.

Austria WikiSym 2012

WikiSym 2012 was held in Linz, Austria, on 27–29 August 2012.[12][13]

Hong Kong WikiSym + OpenSym 2013

Setting a definition of "open collaboration", WikiSym + OpenSym 2013 was held in Hong Kong on 5–7 Aug 2013.[14] The symposium general co-chair includes Ademar Aguiar and Dirk Riehle.[15]

Germany OpenSym 2014

The conference in Berlin from 27–29 August featured "multiple traditional research tracks and a community program geared towards industry and practitioner interests".[16]

United States OpenSym 2015

OpenSym 2015, the 11th International Symposium on Open Collaboration, was held in San Francisco on August 19–21, 2015. Research submissions revolved around IT-driven open innovation, open data, free/libre/open source software etc.[17] Academic keynotes were taken by Robert J. Glushko of UC Berkeley and Anthony I. Wasserman of CMU (Silicon Valley). Industry (research) keynotes were taken by Richard P. Gabriel of IBM and Peter Norvig of Google.[18]

Germany OpenSym 2016

OpenSym 2016, the 12th International Symposium on Open Collaboration, took place in Berlin, Germany, on August 17–19, 2016. Anthony I. (Tony) Wasserman served as general chair. Keynote speakers were Adam Blum, Luis Falcón Martín, Leslie Hawthorn, Bradley M. Kuhn, and Ina Schieferdecker.[19]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "WikiSym 2005 website". Archived from the original on 11 January 2016. Retrieved 3 July 2008.
  2. ^ Riehle, Dirk, ed. (2005), Proceedings of the 2005 International Symposium on Wikis, ACM Press
  3. ^ "WikiSym 2006 website". Archived from the original on 30 December 2015. Retrieved 3 July 2008.
  4. ^ Riehle, Dirk; Noble, James, eds. (2006), Proceedings of the 2006 International Symposium on Wikis, ACM Press
  5. ^ "WikiSym 2007 website". Archived from the original on 13 December 2015. Retrieved 26 October 2007.
  6. ^ Désilets, Alain; Biddle, Robert, eds. (2007), Proceedings of the 2007 International Symposium on Wikis, ACM Press
  7. ^ "2008 WikiSym website". Archived from the original on 11 March 2015. Retrieved 19 February 2008.
  8. ^ "Utilização de wikis reduz a troca de emails". 9 September 2008. Sol.. Accessed 7 Feb 2009. (in Portuguese)
  9. ^ "Especialistas mundiais de wikis reúnem-se entre segunda e quarta-feira no Porto" 7 September 2008. Accessed 7 Feb 2009. (in Portuguese) Archived 18 March 2015 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ "HomePage : WikiSym 2010 – The 6th International Symposium on Wikis and Open Collaboration". Archived from the original on 30 January 2010. Retrieved 30 March 2010.
  11. ^ "Homepage, WikiSym 2011". Archived from the original on 30 March 2012. Retrieved 3 October 2011.
  12. ^ "WikiSym 2012". Archived from the original on 11 March 2015. Retrieved 28 February 2012.
  13. ^ "WikiSym 2012 Program". Archived from the original on 12 January 2016. Retrieved 10 August 2013.
  14. ^ "WikiSym + OpenSym 2013 Explained". Archived from the original on 5 February 2013. Retrieved 27 March 2013.
  15. ^ Wikisym + Opensym 2013
  16. ^ OpenSym 2014 program
  17. ^ "OpenSym 2015". OpenSym. Archived from the original on 28 May 2016. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
  18. ^ "Heads-up on OpenSym 2015 Keynote Speaker Line-up". OpenSym. 28 January 2015.
  19. ^ "About OpenSym 2016". 23 August 2015. Retrieved 2 February 2016.

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