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SIGOPEN: Call for AMCIS 2018 Mini-tracks

Dear Colleagues,

We are happy to announce that SIGOPEN will be hosting a track at AMCIS 2018. We are now soliciting mini-tracks and we strongly encourage you to submit a proposal.

Title of Track: Openness in Research and Practice (SIGOPEN)

Track Co-Chairs:
1. Matt Germonprez, University of Nebraska at Omaha, USA
2. Daniel Schlagwein, University of New South Wales, AUSTRALIA

Description of Track:
The track seeks research papers in all things related to “openness” and the sharing of information in organizations and society. Papers in this track will be those that share new ideas about theoretical and empirical research on the wide range of phenomena emerging at the intersection of Information Systems and various forms of legal, technological, organizational, and societal openness. Relevant topics for papers include: New modes of knowledge creation embedded in open source and open content licensing, radical inclusivity of the crowd to share knowledge, effort and value, the tearing down of traditional organizational boundaries to enable new forms of innovation, or the reinvention of commons or open spaces to share information related to education, science, and democratic participation. Openness continues to be a transformative force that demands the rigorous and considered investigation of the Information Systems community. This track provides a forum to further our understanding of these dynamic and complex ideas.

Seed ideas for potential Mini-tracks include:
1. Breakthroughs in Openness in Science, Research and Pedagogy
2. Breakthroughs in Openness in Organizations and Society
3. Open Community Health: Measuring and Understanding Open Communities
4. Open Source Software: Past, Present, and Future
5. Beyond Software: Peer Production of Hardware, Design, and Content
6. Wisdom of Crowds: Open Innovation and Collective Intelligence
7. Wealth of Crowds: Crowdfunding and Collective Resources
8. Power of Crowds: Crowdsourcing and Collective Action
9. The Citizen Crowd: Cyberdemocracy and Global Social Action
10. Open Research: Open Data and Citizen Science
11. Open Scholarship: Open Access Publications and Open Courseware

Important Timeline: 
September 20, 2017 — System opens for mini-track proposals
October 18, 2017 — Mini-track proposals due
October 25, 2017 — Track chairs’ decisions on mini-track due
November 1, 2017 — Mini-track decisions announced
January 2018 — System opens for general paper submissions

If you have questions or ideas, please let me know. I’m happy to chat about it.


Mutual of Omaha Associate Professor
Information Systems
College of Information Science & Technology
University of Nebraska Omaha


CFP: SIGOPEN Pre-ICIS 2017 Workshop on Open Phenomena

Dear Colleagues,

We are extremely excited to announce the SIGOPEN 2017 Developmental
Workshop for Research on Open Phenomena, collocated with ICIS 2017 ( in Seoul, Korea, on December 9th, 2017.

Building on the success of previous workshops at ECIS in 2013 and 2015, and
ICIS in 2013, 2015, and 2016, AIS SIGOPEN invites researchers to submit
extended abstracts to the SIGOPEN 2017 Developmental Workshop for Research
on Open Phenomena in the following broad areas:

The Peer Production of Knowledge Goods, e.g.:
* Open source software, hardware, content, and design,
* The Sharing Economy,
* Collaborative Consumption,
* Openness as a driver of innovation, creator of economic activity, and an
agent for social well-being.

Collective Intelligence, Action and Resources, e.g.:
* Open innovation and co-creation,
* The wisdom, wealth, and power of crowds,
* Social media in extreme events and social innovation,
* Volunteer computing,
* Crowdsourcing and crowdfunding.

Open Science and Education, e.g.:
* Open data and data management challenges,
* Open publishing, micro-scholarship, and open peer-review,
* Open teaching, learning, and educational resources,
* Citizen Science and Responsible Research and Innovation,
* Barriers and enablers for shared and collaborative scientific research,
* Progressing shared, open science across disciplines.

The focus of the workshop is on research project design and paper
development. We invite you to present your research-in-progress. The
SIGOPEN workshop is amenable to new ideas and is open to all interested
scholars and professionals who are researching in the area of openness as
broadly conceived above. The unique and collegial character of the workshop
will help ensure constructive, helpful, and high-quality feedback. This is
a great opportunity for you to mature your ideas, meet other researchers in
related areas, and learn about emerging research in a relaxed and
supportive setting.

Papers will be presented, and then workshopped in small group discussions
in a round-table format. Participants will be expected to read papers
beforehand and comment on other papers in their group. The goal is to help
move the work forward to research execution and/or publication in other

**Workshop Submissions:**
Those interested in sharing and discussing their research-in-progress
should submit an extended abstract of seven (7) single-spaced pages using
the submission template. All text, figures, tables, and appendices must be
included within the page limit. The cover page, abstract, keywords, and
references are excluded from this page count. Submissions should be emailed
to Matt Levy (

Workshop papers will be hosted on the workshop page at
Copyright remains with authors.

**Workshop Dates:**
Submission Date: October 4th
Notification of Acceptance to the Workshop: October 20th
Workshop: December 9th

**Workshop Organizing Committee:**
Joseph Feller – University College Cork
Matt Germonprez – University of Nebraska at Omaha
Georg Link – University of Nebraska at Omaha
Matt Levy – Hawaii Pacific University
Lorraine Morgan – LERO, NUI Galway
Daniel Schlagwein – UNSW Business School

**Local Organizing Chair:**
Matt Levy – Hawaii Pacific University

CLOSING SOON: AIS community leader report on participation

Dear SIGOPEN members and non-members,

We want to know how we can improve your ability to participate in the AIS Special Interest Group on Open Research and Practice (SIGOPEN). To help us understand barriers to participation, we encourage you to complete the 15-minute survey linked below.

This survey is administered by SIG-Social Inclusion and supported by the AIS Leadership Council. The goal is to learn about members’ perceptions of inclusion and exclusion in the SIG-OPEN and broader AIS. We urge all members—irrespective of whether you perceive barriers to your participation or not—to help the AIS community improve member experiences and social inclusion practices.

You are not required to share your personally-identifiable information and all questions are voluntary. The survey deadline has been extended to this Friday, September 15, 2017.

Thank you on behalf of SIGOPEN and SIG-Social Inclusion.

If you have questions about the survey, please contact Jaime Windeler:

Job Opening – Post-Doctoral Researcher (Transparency and Openness) in Cork, Ireland

Dear Colleagues,

The Cork University Business School, University College Cork, and the Technology-Enabled Organizational Transparency and Openness project (TOTO) are pleased to invite applications for a full time post-doctoral research position.

The TOTO project was established in October 2012. The project’s output to date includes dissemination of 20 research publications, co-organizing 18 international research events, and co-editing a special issue of the Journal of Information Technology. In December 2014, the TOTO project also played a key role in the formation of AIS SIGOPEN (Association of Information Systems Special Interest Group on Open Research and Practice), which was awarded Outstanding SIG designation by the AIS in both 2015 and 2016. TOTO is hosted by Business Information Systems in the Cork University Business School, University College Cork.

TOTO engages in two major streams of activity: (1) conducting empirical research on open phenomena, and (2) supporting the international openness research community through events, journal special issues, and the activities of SIGOPEN.

For the next three years (Q4 2017 to Q4 2020), TOTO’s empirical work will focus on investigating the business models, organizational forms, and ecosystems, that enable individuals, organizations, and communities to sustainably create and capture value through legal, technological, socio-cultural, and organizational openness.

The successful candidate will work within a team including the principal investigators, associate investigators, and post-graduate students, and will play a major role in designing and executing this research agenda within a range of related domains (e.g. open software/hardware/content/design; open innovation and co-creation; open science and education; sharing/collaborative/peer economy; etc.).

Project work will also involve collaboration and knowledge exchange with several allied research groups in the USA, Europe, and Australia, and coordination roles in international research events. The project has a strong ethos of mentorship and professional development and an ambitious publication agenda, and will provide the successful candidate with a collegial and supportive environment to establish themselves and their careers within the wider Information Systems community.

Full position details:

Please do pass on information about this exciting opportunity to all recent/eminent PhD researchers in your team, institution, or network.


Joseph Feller
Bank of Ireland Professor of Business Information Systems
Head of Business Information Systems

University College Cork, Ireland
T +353 (0)21 490 3337