Call for Contributions:
15 February 2020 Submissions of abstracts/papers:
opening 15 February 2020, closing 15 June 2020 Information of acceptance of contribution:
15 July 2020 Symposium registration:
opening 16 July 2020, closing 28 September 2020
(or when maximum number of participants is exceeded) Preparatory Web Meeting on Open Search:
26 May 2020, details to be published on this website and to be communicated by mail Open Search Symposium at CERN, Geneva, or via Web:
12 – 14 October 2020 Online publication of proceedings:
(Extended abstracts/full Papers)
during winter 2020/2021
12-14 October 2020
CERN, Geneva, Switzerland
Dear Experts, Supporters and Friends of Open Internet Search,
as you are aware, due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, we needed to rearrange the plans for the the 2nd international Open Search Symposium (OSSYM 2020) and meetings on Open Search this year. The pandemic has tremendously boosted the digital and digital activities of individuals, society and economy as a whole. This underpins impressively how important it is to ensure that orientation in the digital sphere, as well as the access to digital knowledge, information and services via the internet remains neutral, open, democratic and in a privacy respecting way. Thus, we are very pleased to invite you to the following to events on Open Internet Search:
On 26 May we are having an open web meeting on Open Search. We will have some very interesting keynote presentations and it will allow us to further ideate and discuss concepts of Open Search in the community. 12-14 October the 2nd international Open Search Symposium (OSSYM 2020) will be hosted by CERN. This event will allow us to dive even deeper into the societal, scientific and technical aspects of open and distributed internet search.
You are kindly invited to join these meetings and contributed to the scientific programme, networking activities and discussions. More details and the relevant web links can be found below. Both events will provide us with inspiring opportunities to expand the network and cooperation already initiated among research groups and experts in the context of Open Search.
As you know, the development of an European Open Internet search community and infrastructure involved expertise from many scientific and technical fields. It requires profound understanding of internet search technologies and new thinking for services and innovative applications, to be built on an open and distributed Internet search infrastructure in and for Europe.
We are calling for your active participation in the Open Search Symposium 2020 in various formats: with scientific papers, sharing of practical experiences or by introducing concepts and positions during presentations and in the different interactive sessions.
Please pass on the message and inform your colleagues and peers about the upcoming events. For any suggestions and further ideas for OSSYM 2020 please contact us at
On behalf of the symposium/organizing committee,
Dr. Andreas Wagner, CERN
Prof. Dr. Christian Guetl , TU Graz
Prof. Dr. Michael Granitzer, Univ. Passau
Dr. Stefan Voigt, open search foundation
An Open Internet Search community, involving science, computing centres, libraries, politics, legal and ethics experts and society is currently forming in Europe. The Open Search Symposium (OSSYM) series provides a forum to discuss and jointly advance the ideas and concepts of Open Internet search in Europe. Since the OSSYM 2020 had to be postponed to October 12-14 2020, we are inviting all interested parties to a web meeting on 26 May 2020, hosted and facilitated by CERN to jointly work and prepare towards OSSYM 2020. The web meeting will allow interested parties to come together for a couple of hours to listen to interesting keynotes and perspectives on Open Internet Search and to jointly discuss and prepare ideas for the Open Search Symposium to be hosted at CERN in October.
Login and connecting to the web-meeting
Welcome and Introduction | CERN, osf
“Open Internet Search – a paradigm shift in and for Europe – why and how Europe should build an open Internet search infrastructure” | Stefan Voigt (osf)
“Open Data, Open Science and Open Search @ CERN” | Tim Smith + Andreas Wagner, (CERN)
“Search as a key component of the Next Generation Internet” | Olivier Bringer (EC, DG-Connect)
“First thoughts on an architectural set-up of open and distributed internet search” | Andreas Henrich(Univ. Bamberg)
“The Immersive Web Observatory: Challenges and Overview” | Martin Potthast + Benno Stein (WEBIS)
Joint discussions and considerations towards OSSYM 2020 and beyond | Chair of discussion: Alexander Decker (osf)
Wrap-up and way ahead – see you in October at CERN
The meeting will be held as a web-based meeting using videoconferencing facilities at CERN.
Interested participants should register at CERN by 20 May, 2020 and will be provided access details for the meeting.
(possibly to be further extended)
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Nils Jensen, Ostfalia University of Applied Science, Wolfenbüttel, Germany Prof. Dr. Dieter Kranzlmüller, Leibniz Supercomputing Centre and LMU, Munich, Germany Prof. Dr. Alexander Decker, Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt, Germany Prof. Dr. Andreas Henrich, University Bamberg, Germany Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Nejdl, L3S Research Center / Univ. Hannover, Germany Prof. Dr. Engelbert Niehaus, University Koblenz-Landau, Landau, Germany Eng. Marco Verile, European Commission – Joint Research Centre (JRC), Ispra, Italy Dr. Dipl.-Math. Uta Priss, Ostfalia University of Applied Science, Wolfenbüttel, Germany Prof. Dr. Benno Stein, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Germany Prof. Dr. Hanaa Hachimi, Ibn Tofail University, Kenitra, Morocco Prof. Dr. Mohammed Kaicer, Faculty of Sciences Kenitra, Morocco Prof. Dr. Wolf-Tilo Balke, L3S Research Center, Braunschweig, Germany Prof. Dr. Christin Seifert, University of Twente, Netherlands Prof. Dr. Robert Jäschke, Humboldt University Berlin & L3S, Hannover, Germany Prof. Eduardo Veas, Graz University of Technology, Austria
Main topics of OSSYM 2020
Cooperative, distributed web crawling, indexing and search
Web Science, Web mining, content retrieval and analysis
Distributed databases and systems
Performance in web search, open source technology in web search, accessible search
Cloud/cluster security, security of distributed systems
Machine learning for search and retrieval
Geocoding of web content and geospatial search/analysis
Next generation internet
Vertical search, SEO, search interfaces and business models
Innovative search and web-index applications like research data retrieval, search for crisis management, search as as service, etc.