Fwd: [Dbworld] Call for Chapter Proposals -- Edited Collection on Open Source Software

From: Arthur Keller <voting_at_kellers_dot_org>
Date: Wed Aug 10 2005 - 18:41:24 CDT

Should we collectively write a chapter for this
book on our open source voting stuff?

Best regards,

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>Call for Chapters – Submission Deadline Oct. 1, 2005
>For the Edited Collection
>Handbook of Research on Open Source Software:
>Technological, Economic, and Social Perspectives
>Edited by Kirk St.Amant and Brian Still, Texas Tech University
>The decision to purchase or to use a particular
>software product can be the choice that results
>in the success or the failure of an
>organization. For this reason, decision makers
>at different levels and in a variety of fields
>need to understand the factors that contribute
>to the effective adoption and use of software
>products. Open source software (OSS) is
>increasingly viewed as a viable option that can
>allow a variety or public and private
>organizations to achieve their desired goals.
>OSS adoption and use, however, is complicated by
>the social agendas and the economic goals many
>individuals attach to the use of OSS materials.
>The Overall Objective of the Book
>The purpose of this handbook is to provide
>readers with a foundational understanding of the
>origins, operating principles, legalities,
>social factors, and economic forces that affect
>the uses of OSS. For this reason, the proposed
>handbook would focus on areas and concepts
>essential to understanding when and how various
>organizations should adopt OSS. Chapters would
>present short (3,500-5,000 word), focused
>perspectives on a particular aspect of OSS
>adoption and/or use. Such perspectives would be
>designed to help businesspersons, researchers,
>and other decision makers make more informed
>choices that would facilitate the ease and
>effectiveness with which their organization used
>or interacted with OSS products.
>The Target Audience for the Handbook
>The target audience for this handbook would be
>five groups that would use this text for a
>variety of reasons.
>* Executives, manager, and administrators in
>business, government, and education, and academia
>* Researchers investigating the history, uses,
>and perspectives (social and economic) related
>to OSS
>* Librarians working for corporate, government, or educational organizations
>* Graduate instructors and graduate students in MIS, MBA, and PhD programs
>* Individuals in organizations that have adopted
>or are considering adopting OSS for certain
>Recommended Topics
>Prospective subject areas and specific topics
>for this publication include, but are not
>limited to, the following
>The Hacker Movement & the Evolution of Open
>Source Software: Early Ideas to Current Practices
>* The Origins of the Hacker Movement
>* Who is an OSS Developer and What is OSS Culture?
>* The Browser Wars and the Birth of Mozilla
>Benefits and Limitations: Comparing Open Source
>Software to Proprietary Software Products
>* Overview of Differences Between Open Source
>Software and Proprietary Software
>* Forking Code and Product Development
>* Providing Customer Service in a Not-for-Profit Environment
>Tools and Technologies: Selecting the Right Software for the Job
>* Content Management and Programs for Organizing Information
>* Desktop Publishing: Is OSS a viable alternative to Windows?
>* How to evaluate OSS in terms of staffing
>requirements, customer support, long-term
>Business Models and Open Source Software: Balancing Profits with Ideals
>* Red Hat: Providing Support and Making Money
>* Selling the Server: Apache and the Business of Providing Online Access
>* The Penguin Business: Linus Torvalds and the Rise of Linux
>Licensing: Examining the Agreements that Make Use Possible
>* Copyleft, OSS Licenses, and the Concept of Ownership
>* Licensing Choices: Benefits and Limitations of OSS Licenses
>* Licensing and Product Development: What Does the User Need to Know?
>The (Il)Legalities of Open Source Software: Code, Copyright, and Cryptography
>* Ripping multimedia: The Copyright Problems Related to OSS Use
>* Privacy, Security, and Surveillance: Cryptography and Government Control
>* Whose Code is it Anyway? Reflections on Microsoft vs. the SCO Group
>Going Global: The International Spread of Open Source Software Use
>* The EU’s Adoption of OSS: A Model for the Future?
>* Culture and Coding: Can We Create International Standards for OSS Use?
>* Wiring the World: The Role of OSS in Shrinking the Global Digital Divide
>Open Source and Education: Expanding Pedagogical Practices
>* Uses of Drupal to Enhance Learning
>* Claroline and the Packaging of Distance Education for Online Students
>* Blogging as Educational Activity
>Government Applications of Open Source Software
>* Examining OSS Use at the Federal and the Local Levels
>* Getting the Word Out: Government Uses of OSS to Interact with Citizens
>* The Security Factor: National Defense, OSS, and Terrorist Networks
>Expanding the Uses of Open Source Software: Perspectives for the Future
>* Shifting the Model: Will OSS Become a For-Profit Industry?
>* Development Practices: How Will the Code Be Created?
>* Culture and Code: Projections on OSS and Global Computer Use
>A more comprehensive list of topics of interest
>to the editors can also be provided upon
>Submission Procedure
>Prospective authors are invited to submit
>chapter proposals (one, single-spaced page
>maximum) on or before October 1, 2005. In their
>proposal, prospective authors should clearly
>* The purpose and the contents of their proposed chapter
>* How their proposed chapter relates to the overall objectives of the book
>Authors will be notified of the status of their
>proposal and sent chapter organization
>guidelines by October 15, 2005. Drafts of
>chapters will be due by February 15, 2006.
>Please send inquiries or submit material
>electronically (Rich Text files) to both editors
>This book is tentatively scheduled for publishing
>by Idea Group Reference (an imprint of Idea Group Inc.)
><www.idea-group.com> in Spring 2007.
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