O p e n C e r t
International Network on
Open Source Software Certification
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OpenCert Workshops: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
  • OpenCert 2014, Grenoble (France), 1 September 2014
    Submission deadline: Friday 27 June 2014

Over the past decade, the Open Source Software (OSS) phenomenon has had a global impact on the way software systems and software-based services are developed, distributed and deployed. Widely acknowledged benefits of OSS include reliability, low development and maintenance costs, as well as rapid code turnover. Linux distributions, Apache and MySQL server, and Moodle LMS are, among many other examples, a testimony to its success and resilience.

However, state-of-the-art OSS, by the very nature of its open, unconventional, distributed development model, makes software quality assessment, let alone full certification, particularly hard to achieve and raises important challenges both from the technical/methodological and the managerial points of view. This makes the use of OSS, and, in particular, its integration within complex industrial-strength applications, with stringent security requirements, a risk but also an opportunity and a challenge for rigorous methods in software analysis and engineering.

Moreover, the multifaceted aspects of OSS communities require an expansion of the certification process beyond traditional frameworks and requires a multidisciplinary approach, that involve not only technical aspects of the development, but also social, psychological and educational aspects of the communities.

The International Network on Open Source Software Certification consists of researchers from Academia and Industry who are broadly interested in

  1. the quality assessment of OSS projects, and
  2. metrics, procedures, and tools that could be useful in assessing and qualifying individual participation and collaboration patterns in OSS communities.

OpenCert Workshops

The 8th Intrernational Workshops on Foundations and Techniques for Open Source Software Certification (OpenCert 2014) will be hald on 1 September 2014 in Grenoble (France), co-located with SEFM 2014

The previous seven editions were held in

  • 2007 - 1st OpenCert in Braga (Portugal), co-located with ETAPS'07;
  • 2008 - 2nd OpenCert in Milan (Italy), co-located with OSS'08, at IFIP WCC;
  • 2009 - 3rd OpenCert in York (UK), co-located with ETAPS'09;
  • 2010 - 4th OpenCert in Pisa (Italy), co-located with SEFM 2010;
  • 2011 - 5th OpenCert in Montevideo (Uruguay), co-located with SEFM 2011;
  • 2012 - 6th OpenCert in Thessaloniki (Greece), co-located with SEFM 2012;
  • 2013 - 7th OpenCert in Madrid (Spain), co-located with SEFM 2013.

Journal Special Issues

  • Science of Comnputer Programming Volume 91, Part B, pages 139-266 (1 October 2014)
    Special Issue on Selected Contributions from the Open Source Software Certification (OpenCert) Workshops, Elsevier.

OpenCert Steering Committee

Current Members:

  • Bernhard Aichernig, Technical University of Graz, Austria, since 2007;
  • Luis S. Barbosa, Dep. de Informática, Universidade do Minho, Portugal, since 2014;
  • Peter Breuer, Birmingham City University, UK, since 2014;
  • Antonio Cerone, University of Pisa, Italy, since 2007.

Previous Members:

  • Martin Michlmayr, University of Cambridge, UK, from 2007 to 2013;
  • David von Oheimb, Siemens Corporate Technology, Germany, from 2007 to 2013;
  • José Nuno Oliveira, Dep. de Informática, Universidade do Minho, Portugal, from 2007 to 2013.


All inquiries concerning any OpenCert event should be sent to the event Organisers (Program Co-chairs in case of workshops.)

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  Updated: Mon 9 Jun 2014 10:26:19 CEST Antonio Cerone