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Call for Papers

  OpenCERT 2021

10th International Workshop on
Open Community approaches to Education, Research and Technology
- towards "Open community approaches" CERTification processes -

Submission link
Paper Abstract Submission suggested deadline: Friday, 8 October 2021 

Tuesday, 7 December 2021

VIRTUAL EVENT organised by
- Nazarbayev University, Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
- the University of York, York, UK

Satellite event of SEFM 2021 (


The concept of Open Community extends the idea of Open Source to other
collaborative frameworks. It includes Open Content, under a form of 
license, and Open Knowledge, that is, the freedom to use, reuse, and 
knowledge without legal, social or technological restrictions.

The 10th International Workshop on Open Community approaches to 
Education, Research
and Technology expands the scope of the International Workshop on 
Foundations and
Techniques for Open Source Software Certification, whose 8 editions run 
from 2007
to 2014.

The workshop promotes the use of Open Community approaches in Education and
Research, with the aim to achieve wide diffusion and proper assessment 
of new,
innovative Technology.

The workshop general focus is on

1. EDUCATION, where aspects of interest are all those related to open and
collaborative learning, in both formal and informal education contexts.

2. RESEARCH, with the aims at

* establishing open research projects as "cauldrons" of open data, open 
   and collaborative development, as well as devising methodologies and 
tools for
   the management and assessment of such projects;
* defining open peer-review methodologies for the assessment of research 
   and appropriate bibliometrics based on the community open feedback 
rather than
   on a questionable analysis of citations;
* defining, more specifically, quality metrics and a formal process to 
certify open
   source software (OSS) products and the outcomes of other 
peer-production efforts.

3. TECHNOLOGY, by fostering and unleashing the efforts of open 
communities towards
global availability and acceptance of new technologies. Prominent 
interests, here,
are in supporting the open communities during the production process, 
and in the
validation of the information produced, or made available, by such 
especially in the case of advices provided by thematic communities, such 
as the
user/consumer support/review communities.

This year OpenCERT is collocated with SEFM, so contributions connected 
to the
themes of FORMAL METHODS and SOFTWARE ENGINEERING will be particularly
appreciated. In addition to the thematic description provided above, we will
be also interested in the following aspects:
1. EDUCATION: open and collaborative approaches in Software Engineering and
    in Formal Methods education;
2. RESEARCH: open community research in Formal Methods, formal modelling of
    learning and collaboration
3. TECHNOLOGY, integrating Formal Methods technologies and tools within OSS
    projects as a means for Formal Methods acceptance and diffusion;


Authors are invited to submit, via EasyChair research contributions or 
reports (

All papers should be written in English and prepared using the specific LNCS
templates available at

There are nine categories of submissions

RESEARCH PAPERS to present original research and the analysis, 
interpretation and
validation of the research findings.

POSITION PAPERS to present innovative, arguable ideas, opinions or 
which are likely to foster discussion at the workshop.

PROJECT PAPERS to describe a new open community project (e.g. on a 
hosting provider
or a dedicated portal) or a new research project, or the status of an 
project or the outcomes of a recently completed project.

SURVEY PAPERS to collect previously published studies on topics related 
to the
workshop and analyse them in the context of open communities.

CASE STUDY PAPERS to report on case studies, preferably in a real-world 

TOOL PAPERS to present a new tool, a new tool component or novel 
extensions to an
existing tool aiming at supporting open community approaches, or the
use/customisation of an existing tool in the context of open communities.

TOOL DEMONSTRATION PAPERS to demonstrate the tool workflow(s) and human 
aspects, and evaluate the overall role of the tool in supporting open 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE PEPERS to report on teaching experiences using an 
open community
approach in a formal education context (e.g. in a university/school 
context) or in
informal education.

LEARNING EXPERIENCE PAPERS to report on a learning experience within an open
community in a formal education context (e.g. by university students) or 
in informal

Contributions will be in the form of

* FULL PAPERS between 12 and 15 pages excluding references for submission
   (and between 12 and 17 pages excluding references for 
post-proceedings camera-ready).
* SHORT PAPERS between 6 and 8 pages excluding references for submission
   (and between 6 and 9 pages excluding references for post-proceedings 
* PRESENTATIONS extended abstract up to 4 pages, which will be included 
in the
   pre-proceeding but not published in the post-proceedings.

"Short papers" and "Presentations" can discuss new ideas which are at an 
early stage
of development and which have not yet been thoroughly evaluated.

The program committee may reject papers that are outside the above 
mentioned length

Submitted papers will be refereed for quality, correctness, originality and
relevance. All submitted papers will be posted on GitHub at

and the review process will be carried out as an interactive, open 
between the authors and the reviewers. Final decisions about 
of papers will be made through a closed discussion among the PC members.
Notification and reviews will be communicated via email.
Accepted papers (both "Regular papers" and "Short papers") will be 
included in the
workshop programme and will appear in the workshop pre-proceedings as 
well as in
the LNCS post-proceedings.
Pre-proceedings will be available online before the Workshop.


* open education;
* open learning communities and environments;
* student experience in open communities;
* open community approaches to teaching;
* open learning in formal and informal education;
* learning processes in open communities;
* validation and certification of open education approaches;
* Student Modeling, and Open Student Modeling
* Open Educational Resources
* collaborative, and social-collaborative learning;
* methodologies and tool to support collaboration;
* social constructivism;
* peer assessment;
* validation and certification of peer assessment approaches;
* teaching software engineering through OSS project participation.

* peer-production process;
* open communities as peer-production models;
* analytical models for peer-production processes;
* business models for peer-production;
* open community management and organisation;
* knowledge management in open communities;
* management and analysis of open data repositories;
* management and analysis open source software repositories;
* data mining and process mining of (software, communication, etc.) 
* community evolution;
* community assessment;
* peer review in OSS and other peer-production efforts;
* quality assessment of OSS and other peer-production efforts;
* certification of OSS and other peer-production processes;
* peer-assessment of research outputs, citations analysis controversies,
   open-feedback-based bibliometrics;
* legal implications in peer-production, OSS and peer-production licenses;
* copyright and copyleft in OSS and peer-production, action research;
* empirical studies.

* technological innovation in open communities;
* open communities and technology diffusion;
* information trustworthiness in thematic communities;
* privacy in open communities;
* recommender systems, reputation systems;
* machine learning; deep learning architectures;
* user/consumer reviews and quality assessment;
* methodologies and tools for analysis, verification, validation, decision
   support, quality * assessment and certification.

* open and collaborative approaches in software engineering, formal methods,
   logics and mathematics education;
* open community research in software engineering and formal methods;
* formal modelling of learning and collaboration;
* integrating formal methods technologies and tools within OSS projects as a
   means for formal methods acceptance and diffusion;
* reverse engineering of OSS;
* static analysis, testing and inspection of OSS;
* safety, security and usability analysis in OSS;
* automated source code analyses in OSS;
* software evolution and reconfigurability in OSS.


* Antonio Cerone, Department of Computer Science, Nazarbayev University, 
   (Program Co-chair)
* Marco Temperini, Department of Computer, Control, and Management 
   Sapienza University Rome, Italy (Program Co-chair)




Accepted regular and short papers will be published after the Workshop 
by Springer
in a volume of Lecture Notes in Computer Science 
which will collect contributions to some workshops and symposia 
co-located with
SEFM 2021. Condition for inclusion in the post-proceedings is that at 
least one of
the co-authors has presented the paper at the Workshop.

One or more journal special issue(s) with selected papers may be 
planned, depending
on the number and quality of submissions.


All inquiries concerning submissions should be sent to
opencert2021 AT easychair DOT org

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