The Free and Open Productivity Suite
Released: Apache OpenOffice 4.1.15 Conference (OOoCon 2006)

Call for papers

Your proposal should be sent before 1 June 2006 in order to guarantee that it will be considered for inclusion in the Conference.

We are soliciting papers from the broad community on topics ranging from developing to marketing it; from the global politics of the free and open-source software (FOSS) movement to the technical challenges of localization. This conference is meant to be a forum for technical as well as general examinations of's place in the expanding world of FOSS.

Covered topics

The conference will cover the following topics, organized into five tracks:



Public Administration



XML & OASIS OpenDocument Format


Please submit a proposal by filling out the template and sending it to:

Note. As the community consists of members from countries all over the world the talk must be in English.

Please limit your presentation to 50 minutes, including questions.

Your proposal (abstract) must be sent before 1 June 2006 in order to be considered for inclusion in the Conference.

A presentation is a general discussion of some topic, including (but not limited to) the software, the community, relationships with other software or communities, and political or philosophical issues.

A case study is a specific type of presentation that tells what you did to achieve some result; this is usually a success story, but could include a discussion of what mistakes you made and how you overcame them.

A workshop is a "how-to" session, in which the presenter gives step-by-step instructions for doing some task such as writing macros, setting up a database, or developing a complex spreadsheet. Workshops usually include some audience activities.

A BoF ("Birds of a Feather" meeting) is an informal gathering of people in a particular group, or interested in a specific topic. Examples include the members of a native-language group, the marketing project, documentation writers, or Macintosh coders.

A panel discussion involves a group of people (usually 3 or 4) led by a moderator. The participants make opening and closing statements on the topic, may discuss the topic among themselves, and may answer questions from the audience (usually submitted in advance).

A lightning talk is a brief presentation on any topic relevant to the conference. It could be an interesting format to give many people the chance to make their point in a series of exactly 5 minute slots.

The template for paper submission includes a section for requesting a travel subsidy. At this point we are not in a position to offer funding for all speakers, and those speakers who do get a subsidy are unlikely to have their full expenses covered. Each request will be considered on the basis of both merit and need, so if you are requesting a subsidy, please give as much information as possible to help us evaluate your request. Please note that someone presenting only a lightning talk is unlikely to receive assistance.

An Impress template recommended for use for the conference presentations will be published around 1 June 2006.

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