Call for Papers

Papers on open source development tools, languages and technologies are solicited for submission to OSDC Israel 2007. We're interested in a wide range of open source technologies and languages - when submitting a paper, please feel free to select 'Other' if none of the listed categories fit. For some examples, take a look at some previous presentations at

Please visit the home page for a list of key dates:

We've tried to include a range of streams for papers - please select all that apply. If you think we've missed something obvious, please let us know! You can contact the conference organizers at

Instructions for Presenters

All presentations (except lightning talks) must be accompanied by presentation materials. These may be as simple as submitting the slides you intend to present, although a detailed paper complementing your talk matter would be preferred.

Failure to submit a paper may result in speaker benefits being withdrawn.

Classes and auditoriums include a projector and either a flip-board or a white-board. You are expected to provide your own laptop. If you require any additional presentational aids please contact us in advance.

Presentation formats

We will accept the following types of presentation:

Lightning Talks (5 minutes)

You don't need to submit a proposal for a lightning talk. These will be organised a few weeks prior to the conference. Instructions will be posted on the news page, please stay tuned for updates.

Lightning talks are brief talks that focus on a single example, idea, project or technique. Lightning talks are not expected to cover all aspects of the subject. They're an excellent forum for first-time speakers.

Standard (20 minutes)

This is the preferred format. This is enough time to cover a few issues well and allows us to provide a good selection of talks throughout the day.

Long (45 minutes)

Long talks are ideal for experienced speakers who want to cover a large topic.

If you choose the longer time slot please include include a justification in your proposal. We reserve the right to ask you to change a long talk proposal to be a standard length instead.


This year we're going to be holding two days of tutorials on Sunday and Monday, 18-19 February. If you would like to present a tutorial, please send your proposal to the OSDC program committee at Tutorial presenters will receive free registration to the conference and an additional remuneration to be determined. Tutorial materials will follow the same schedule as papers below.

Submission stages

1. Proposals

Your proposal will need to include:

Don't panic. We don't require you to have written the technology that you want to talk about. If you use something in your day to day working life and you think that other people might benefit from using it, then feel free to propose a talk on it.

To submit a proposal, please use the proposal submission form that will be placed on You will need to log in, or create an account if you don't have one already (instructions are going to be on that page).

2. Proposals acceptance

Authors will be notified of the acceptance of their proposal by the proposal acceptance date. Obviously we'd love to accept as many proposals as we can, but we only have a certain number of sessions to fill.

If you require faster confirmation of acceptance (for example, because you are traveling from overseas and require extra time to make arrangements) please communicate this to the organizers when submitting your proposal.

3. Paper Submission

All presenters are required to submit presentation materials by the specified date. Failure to do so may result in loss of your speaking slot and speaker benefits.

Speakers have the option of submitting either a paper or slides with speaker notes. Papers are preferred.

This submission is to be your final version, not a draft. A paper submission should contain all of the usual aspects of a paper such as an abstract, introduction, body and conclusion. Please ensure that this submission has had its grammar and spelling corrected and that code snippets work.

Your paper allows attendees who attended your talk a chance to refresh their memories about your presentation, and gives attendees who missed your talk a chance to learn from you anyway. Make sure your paper includes - at the very least - a brief introduction to your subject material and a list of further resources.

We would prefer that papers for standard length talks (20 minutes) be no more than 4 A4 pages of 11-point type with reasonable margins and papers for long talks (45 minutes) be no more than 8 pages. Appropriate file formats include any file that can be read with Open Office (which includes plain text and HTML with minimal mark-up), or POD. Slides (even those accompanied by speaker notes) may also be printed in the proceedings, but we cannot perform special formatting for you.

By submitting a paper to be published in the proceedings, you are agreeing to the OSDC Publication Agreement. (The agreement will be published later, as a minimum you agree to publish your paper on the web site of OSDC and in the proceedings published by the conference.)

4. Review results

All papers will be reviewed. The purpose of review is to ensure that papers are of a high quality and to aid our talk scheduling. The purpose is not to identify spelling or grammatical errors or to test code snippets, although errors may be corrected during the review if found. Obviously, we'd strongly recommend you ask a friend or colleague to give your paper a read through before you submit it.

Once your paper has been reviewed, the review results will be provided to you so that you can make the requested improvements for the published version.

5. Proceedings version

This is the final copy of your paper as it will be printed in the conference proceedings.

Speaker Benefits

All OSDC speakers (except for lightning talks) at OSDC will have their conference registration fee waived.

Note that it's important that you get your papers in by the due dates - we reserve the right to withdraw the free registration if you don't get it in on time. If you're having problems meeting the deadlines, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can work with you to figure it out.

If you're a student, please make sure that we know it. We may offer prize(s) for the best student paper submitted.

Contact details

If you have any questions, please contact the OSDC organizers at

Further information about the conference, how to write proposals, what we mean by various words etc. can be found in Frequently Asked Questions.

Tracks List

These are the streams suggested by the proposal system. Select as many as are appropriate for your proposal. If your technology or language isn't listed, don't despair! Select 'Other' and include a note in your proposal about what topic(s) you think would be best.

Language Tracks

Concept Tracks