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11th International Conference on Standardisation and Innovation in Information Technology (SIIT)

11th International Conference on

Standardisation and Innovation in Information Technology (SIIT)

The Past, 20/20 and FUTURE of ICT Standardisation

2 – 3 September 2020

Panel Discussions

While a regular conference turned out to be impossible given the COVID-19 situation, we were happy to see that many friends of SIIT felt strongly about having an alternative event this year. As a result, SIIT 2020 didn’t fearture any of the accepted papers, but comprised six online panel discussions instead. They covered important current topics, featuring a number of well-known experts.
The panels took place on 2-3 September; access was free of charge.
The event was jointly organised by Rudi Bekkers (TU Eindhoven, NL; the TPC chair) and Kai Jakobs (RWTH Aachen, DE); see also the photo above (thanks, Rudi).

The Role of ICT Standardisation in Combatting Covid-19
Time and Date: 2 September 2020, 15.30 – 16.30 CEST, 6.30am – 7.30am US PDT
Organiser: Jochen Friedrich, IBM, DE
Emilio Davila Gonzalez, European Commission, BE
Edgar Guillot, Orange (Chair, ETSI E4P project), FR Slides
Jenny Wanger, Linux Foundation, US
Zhou Ping, CESI, CN
Experience panel:
Frank Karlitschek, NextCloud, DE
Alexandre Zapolsky, Linagora, FR

The Future of Intellectual Property and Standards — What Do the Data Tell Us?
Time and Date: 2 September 2020, 17.00 – 18.30 CEST, 8.00am – 9.30am US PDT
Organiser: Jorge Contreras, U. of Utah, US
Justus Baron, Northwestern U., US Slides
Rudi Bekkers, TU Eindhoven, NL Slides
Tim Pohlmann, IPlytics, DE Slides
Tim Simcoe, Boston U., US
Tom Cotter, U. of Minnesota, US

Can API Standardisation Ensure Fair Competition with the Tech Giants?
Time and Date: 2 September 2020, 19.00 – 20.30 CEST, 10.00am – 11.30am US PDT.
Organiser: Ken Krechmer, Isology, US Slides
Joe Decuir, University of Washington, US
Kalle Lyytinen, CWR U., US Slides
David Reed, U. Colorado Boulder, US Slides
Jill Van Matre Dupré, U. Colorado Boulder, US Slides

Standards and Global Trade: TBT vs. Digital Trade Barriers?
Time and Date: 3 September 2020, 15.00 – 16.15 CEST 6.00am – 7.15am US PDT.
Organiser: Donggeun Choi, KSA, KR Slides
Gloria Pasadilla, Leadership Design Studio Pte Ltd., SG
Joshua Paul Meltzer, Brookings Institution, USA
Heejin Lee, Yonsei U., KR
Devin McDaniels, WTO, CH

Big Data and AI Standards as Contributors to UN SDGs
Time and Date: 3 September 2020, 16.30 – 17.30 CEST, 7.30am – 8.30am US PDT.
Organiser: Ray Walshe, DCU, IE
Ray Walshe – Dublin City University, IE
Paul Foran – Huawei Ireland Research Center, IE
Satyam Priyadarshy, Halliburton, US
Tomas Malik, UNECE, CH

Re-designing Standardisation for Inclusivity
Time and Date: 3 September 2020, 18.00 – 19.30 CEST 9.00am – 10.30am US PDT.
Organiser: Carl Cargill, US (now semi-retired)
Wendy Seltzer, W3C, US
Linda Garcia, Georgetown U., US
Michael Spring, U. Pittsburgh, US Slides

About the Conference

Over the past decade, the ICT industry has undergone a dramatic transformation. One effect of this has been a shift of economic and technical power to some of the largest corporations in the world. This has had massive ramification for investments in this sector, as well as for the ecosystem of ICT application and product development. Has this development impacted standardisation and innovation and if so, how? 

Moreover, it appears that the ICT industry has become overly obsessed with being first and being unique; change has become a desirable end in itself. In such an environment, standardisation may quickly be devaluated in stakeholders’ mind sets. It is still necessary but ‘someone else’s problem’.  And this will lead to long term (interoperability) problems.

Against this background, SIIT 2020 aims to take a step back and do some stock-taking. What have we got? What do we need? How can we close the gap (if any)? Where will we probably go from here and where should we go? Can we learn something from history? How do ongoing technical, economic, political, social or legal developments impact standardisation, and how can/should the current standardisation system adapt to these developments (if at all)?

Since 1999, SIIT conferences are bringing together experts from academia, government and industry with an interest in ICT standardisation. It thus serves as a platform to foster the exchange of insights and views on all issues surrounding standards, standardisation and innovation. Contributing academic disciplines include, but are by no means limited to: Business Studies, Computer Science, Economics, Engineering, History, Information Systems, Law, Management Studies and Sociology.

Paper Submission

Submissions due: 1 June 2020

Notification of acceptance/rejection: 5 July 2020

Final paper due: 1 September 2020

SIIT 2020 invites submissions of original, unpublished papers (which should be formatted according to the submission guideliens; see below) for one of these categories:

  • Academic papers will typically adopt a more theoretical approach and will ideally inform academics as well as practitioners (up to 8,000 words).
  • Industry papers address relevant topics from a more practical perspective and should also help ‘ground’ academic research (up to 8,000 words).
  • Opinion papers shouldfocus on well-motivated personal views (up to 4,000 words).
  • Work-in-progress papers report and discuss ongoing activities (up to 4,000 words).

All papers will undergo a double blind peer-review process. Authors may submit more than one paper.

All accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings, as part of the ‘EURAS Contributions to Standardisation Research’ book series (no copyright transfer required). They will also be fast-tracked for inclusion in the International Journal on Standardization Research (IJSR) (subject to approval by the authors).

Authors of accepted papers will be invited to present (updated versions of) their papers at the postponed event, to be held in September 2021 in Aachen.

Download the Call for Papers

Download the Submission Guidelines

Submit a paper through EasyChair

Technical Programme Committee

  • Chair: Rudi Bekkers, TU Eindhoven, NL
  • Martin Adolph, ITU, CH
  • Nitin Aggarwal, SJSU, US
  • Paolo Bellavista, U. Bologna, IT
  • Knut Blind, TU Berlin, DE
  • Nils Brunsson, Uppsala U., SE
  • Carl Cargill, Consultant, US
  • Simao Campos, ITU, CH
  • Jorge Contreras, U. of Utah, US
  • Donggeun Choi, KSA, KR
  • Tineke Egyedi, DIRoS, NL
  • Erwin Folmer, TNO, NL
  • Vladislav Fomin, Vilnius U., LT
  • Linda Garcia, Georgetown U.,
  • Matt Heckman, Zuyd U. of Applied Sciences, NL
  • Kai Jakobs, RWTH Aachen U., DE
  • Geerten van de Kaa, TU Delft, NL
  • Thomas Kalling, U. of Lund, SE
  • Ken Krechmer, CU, US
  • Heejin Lee, Yonsei U., KR
  • Bjorn Lundell, U. of Skövde, SE
  • Kalle Lyytinen, Case Western Reserve U., US 
  • Brian McAuliffe, HP, IE
  • Anne Mione, U. of Montpellier, FR
  • Cesare Riillo, STATEC, LU
  • Andrew Russell, SUNY, US
  • Tim Schoechle, NISLAPP, US
  • Mostafa Hashem Sherif, Consultant, US
  • Jan Smits, TU Eindhoven, NL
  • Michael Spring, U. of Pittsburgh, US
  • Kees Stuurman, U. of Tilburg, NL
  • Valerio Torti, Luiss-Guido Carli U., IT
  • Klaus Turowski, Magdeburg U., DE
  • Karthikeyan Umapathy, U. of North Florida. US
  • Ray Walshe, DCI, IE
  • Marc van Wegberg, Consultant, NL
  • Martin Weiss, U. of Pittsburgh, US
  • Robert van Wessel, ApexIS, NL
  • Robin Williams, U. of Edinburgh, UK

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