Call for Open Source Software Competition

(Submission deadline: Extending to May 16, 11:59pm PST, 2011)

Submission link:

The Open-Source Software Competition is an integral part of the ACM Multimedia program. The ACM Multimedia 2011 Open-Source Software Competition is the eighth running competition. It is mainly intended to celebrate and encourage the contribution of researchers, software developers and educators to advance the field by providing the community with implementations of codecs, middleware, frameworks, toolkits, libraries, multimedia players, applications, authoring tools, and other multimedia software. This year, we encourage submission of instructional open source software designed for educational use in teaching multimedia-related courses at undergraduate or graduate level. Such software should be designed with educational suitability in mind (e.g., can be used as a basis for programming assignments, laboratory exercises, and class projects). 

To qualify for the ACM Multimedia Open-Source Software Competition software must be provided with source code and licensed in such a manner that it can be used free of charge in academic and research settings. For the competition, the software will be built from the sources. All source code, license, installation instructions and other documentation must be available on a public web page. Dependencies on non-open source third-party software are discouraged with the exception of operating systems and commonly found commercial packages available free of charge.

Authors are encouraged to prepare as much documentation as possible, including examples of how the provided software might be used, screencast showing the software in action, download statistics, or other public usage information, etc. Entries will be peer-reviewed. Selected authors will be invited to demonstrate their software as part of the conference program and their overview papers will be included in the ACM Multimedia 2011 Conference proceedings.

An overall winning entry will be formally recognized at ACM Multimedia 2011. The criteria for judging all submissions include broad applicability and potential impact, novelty, technical depth, demo suitability, and other miscellaneous factors (e.g., maturity, popularity, student-led, no dependence on closed source, etc.). To encourage more diverse participation, previous years’ non-winning entries are welcome to re-submit for the 2011 competition. Student-led efforts are particularly encouraged. The particular application area targeted by the open source software will not be a criterion for the winning entry.

Important dates

May 16, 11:59pm PST, 2011– Submission deadline
June 27, 2011 – Notification of acceptance
TBA – Camera-ready submission deadline

Open Source Software Competition guidelines

Authors interested in submitting an entry to the ACM Multimedia Open Source Software competition should make their software contribution available by providing a public URL for download and prepare a package containing the following information to be submitted via the online submission system under the Open Source Software Competition track:

  • Title of submission
  • Names and affiliations of authors (indicate students).  In case of a large distributed project, include full list of contributors, if possible, and indicate main contact (e.g., project owner or maintainer)
  • A 4-page max paper including an overview of the open-source software package, its description, applications, intended audience, main features, etc.
  • Submitters are also encouraged to tag their paper with up to two areas from the main track (see Areas for a list of the areas).
  • A link to a compressed zip file that contains the software.
  • The license of the open source software
  • The permanent link for the open source software (e.g., Sourceforge, Google Code, SVN)

The overview paper should be prepared using the same guidelines as for Short Papers.  Authors will be required to sign copyright to the ACM. The sentence “SUBMITTED to ACM MULTIMEDIA 2011 OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE COMPETITION” written in capital letters must appear in the first page, after the authors’ names.

The compressed zip archive file with all source code, documentation, build/install instructions, and licenses must be placed in a web accessible location. The public URL for project page where software, documentation, and open-source license can be found must be included in the overview paper.  Comprehensive and clear build/install instructions will be a crucial component of any submission. The judging committee will make reasonable effort to build any submitted software, but if they are unable to make the software run, it will be excluded from the competition.

Submission of educational software should clearly indicate so in the submission, since they will be judged based on a number of extra factors than normal competition entries. In particular, suitability for use in teaching a multimedia-related class and its effectiveness in illustrating a multimedia concept are two additional judging criteria. In addition, these submissions should explicitly describe, in a clearly identified separate section of the submitted paper, how the software was used / can be used in a class. Note that certain part of the software (e.g., solutions to assignments) that may not be made available on a public web page; should still be included in the submitted zipped file.


For any questions regarding the Open Source Software Competition please email the Program Chairs:

ACM Multimedia 2011

Nov 28th - Dec 1st, 2011 Scottsdale, Arizona, USA

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