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Call for Papers

Please note that the call for papers is now closed.

If your proposal has been accepted and you need to submit your paper:

  • Go to Session Descriptions
  • Click the title of your proposal
  • Click the 'Add Paper' button
  • Review the details and click 'Submit'
  • Upload your paper (see submission guidelines below)

Please register for the conference if you haven't done so yet. Remember, speakers can register for free!


Key dates

Please note that the date for paper acceptance has changed from the 12th to the 2nd of September, while the date for paper submission for reviews has been moved from the 28th to the 14th of October.

Important dates are:

Proposals deadline 19th August 2005
Proposal acceptance 2nd September 2005
Submission deadline 14th October 2005
Final version for proceedings 15th November 2005
Conference 5th - 7th December 2005

Each of these stages is explained further below.


Instructions for Presenters

Presentation formats

Lightning Talks (7 minutes)

These 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.

You don't need to submit a proposal for a lightning talk - there will be sign-up sheets at the conference. Simply put your name down at the conference!

Standard (30 minutes)

This is the preferred format. 20 minutes for talking, 5 minutes for questions and 5 minutes for people to move to the next room. This is enough time to cover many topics and keeps the day interesting.

Long (45 minutes)

Long talks are ideal for experienced speakers who want to cover a large topic. 45 minutes for talking, 10 minutes for answering questions, 5 minutes for people to move to the next room.


Submission stages


Proposals are now closed.


This is your full paper, not a draft. The submission should contain all of the usual things in 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.

If you are intending to have your paper refereed, please ensure that the paper you submit is anonymous. (Note that most papers will not be refereed, so don't be concerned if you are unsure about what this means.)

Submissions are limited to 5 A4 pages of 11-point type with reasonable margins excluding bibliography (if any) and appendices. Appropriate file formats include PDF, plain text, or any file that can be read with Open Office.

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.

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 program committee on

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