WSL - 14th International Free Software Forum

3 áreas de concentração: Ciência da Computação (técnica), Sistemas de Informação (administração e gestão do conhecimento) e Ciência humanas (...)

- FOSS Legal aspects (licensing, software patents, collective and individual ownership of code);

- Software Engineering and Software Development Methodology (git, distributed dev, source code management systems, etc.).

- Social, Cultural and Political Studies of FOSS

- FOSS Quality Studies (software metrics, development).

- FOSS Case Studies: in-depth analysis of a particular case of implementation, migration, success or failure of a FOSS project)

- FOSS "logic expansion": expansion of copyleft beyond software development towards Free Culture, Open Access, Collaborative and Independent Journalism, Open Hardware, Collaborative Internet- based Projects.

This workshop will address the current state of FOSS research, emcompassing studies of software development, legal frameworks, sociocultural and economic aspects, political engagement, language and engineering practices of FOSS communities and for-profit initiatives.

- Software Engineering Methodology: git, distribute


From the original affluent software sharing community created around UNIX to the community of Emacs hackers and beyond, Free and Open Source Software experimented an exponential growth that followed the popularization of the personal computer and the Internet. [It may be a good idea to aim for a broader genealogy here that also encompasses the commodification of software and the changing copyright and patenting regimes.].[maybe we can expand it economies of sharing? then, we can have papers on warez, wikipedia, new media initiatives, music sharing tools and collectives, etc.]

With the spread of the GNU project, the advent of the Open Source Initiative in the late 90's, the heyday of Linux and the commercial success of FOSS, Free Software artifacts, manifestos, licenses, evangelists, developers, and advocates started to circulate around the (interconnected) globe. [Again, I would expand the horizon here to mention Wikipedia, Creative Commons, and other initiatives that claim affinity with free software principles; all raise questions about ethical and political dimensions of sharing not only software but also other kinds of digital materials.] This workshop will explore actually existing configurations of FOSS contributors, users and enthusiasts around the world. These range from governmental IT companies in Brazil to startups in Russia, GNU/Linux distros in Argentina, developers in Japan, and educational Free Software-based projects in Spain and Mexico. [Will all of these initiatives be discussed at the workshop? Well, except from Russia, the plan is to have papers about these locales]

The purpose of the gathering is to loosen up the "academic conference format" to allow active and collaborative scholarship. The goal is to use Internet tools to remove geographical barriers and bring together researchers in the humanities that are concerned with Free Software as cultural, technical and political practice. The body of literature on FOSS research is growing at a fast pace and it is becoming more relevant for the humanities.

For the participants it is suggested that they communicate what aspect of FOSS they studied and how, complementing the description with information about the local conditions of the study and the configuration of the object. The general goal is to explore similarities and differences among local contexts of FOSS production, circulation and use. Given its transnationality, FOSS is simultaneously a local and a global phenomenon - it connects users groups and hackfests in a specific locations with remote sites having unpredictable outcomes.

- 20 minutes talk / live video streaming; - upload of the talk to etherpad; - 20 minutes discussion on etherpad; - upload of the video of presentation for ulterior discussion; - talk format (what I am interested in, what I did, what I've found, what I do not know and I want to know so I need your help with); - we might be able to organize a book with some of the contributions, if the papers mature during the discussion to become full articles.

-- LuisFelipe - 27 Aug 2012

Topic revision: r1 - 27 Aug 2012 - 14:16:27 - LuisFelipe

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