WICSA-4 June 13 - 15 Oslo, Norway

Working sessions

WICSA is a working conference and, in line with that, encourages active participation of all in discussions of the further development of the Software Architecture field. Throughout the conference we will have an active Software Architecture Wiki WAN party, using available WLAN support and machines for Internet access, to "Capture experiences in Software Architecture Best Practices." Wikipedia is our model and platform for on-line collaboration.

The working session track is structured in topics, anchored in short paper presentations followed by discussions. In concert with the goals of WICSA, the goal of the WICSA Wiki WAN Party is to collect examples of existing best practices; identify characteristics of existing methods and techniques; identify gaps in the state of the practice; and propose new techniques to fill those gaps.

WWWP will provide a mechanism for participants and attendees to record material and ideas that spawn from their session, including ideas and conclusions that comes out of the presentations and discussions during the regular technical program, and the work session program.
The working material can be immediately included, extended, overwritten, in the Wiki.

By the end of the conference we should have collected a significant amount of content and will be able to evaluate its creation by using Martin Wattenberg's (IBM) history visualization tool.

The work on the handbook on "Experiences in Software Architecture Best Practices" will start before the conference, and continue after the conference.

On Saturday morning, before the official opening of the conference, there will be a pre-cursor session, where the preparation of the Software Architecture Wiki will take place.

Please find below a call for prepared contributions to the Wiki WAN Party.


WICSA 2004 Working Conference Work Sessions

- Call for Prepared Participation


A Wiki WAN Party: Capturing Experience in Software Architecture Best Practices


June 12-15, 2004

Oslo , Norway


The working conference approach of the 4 th Working IEEE/IFIP Conference on Software Architecture (WICSA 2004)



WICSA Working sessions Theme and Goals


WICSA is a working conference and working sessions have long been a tradition at previous conferences. They have been used to collect examples of existing best practices; identify characteristics of existing methods and techniques; identify gaps in the state of the practice; and propose new techniques to fill those gaps. This year we add a new twist to this idea by using wiki software as a group communication mechanism that allows users to freely create and edit Web page content using any Web browser. Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page) is our model and platform for on-line collaboration. The goal is to encourage ideas about software architecture to evolve as an ongoing discussion among members of the software architecture/WICSA community in the form of entries on wikipedia.


We invite all participants at WICSA to consider to prepare some material in advance, in addition to their active participation at the conference itself.


Topics of interest will include (but not be limited to) themes from the WICSA technical program and work sessions:

Martin Wattenberg, IBM Watson Research Center, will assist us in visualizing the collaborative process through use of his History Flow application (http://researchweb.watson.ibm.com/history/). The history flow application charts the evolution of a document as it is edited by many people using a very simple visualization technique. We will use the application to evaluate how the collaboration is progressing. We will post intermediate results during the conference and report on final results during the plenary session of the conference.




The working parts of the Working conference, will occur in four segments.


  1. Saturday morning, June 12, 9:00 - 12:30. Working Session Preparations before the official opening of the conference.

    • A session for those that have arrived early for the conference

    • Introductions from the participants. Discussion on the goals of workshop.

    • Wiki tutorial

    • Walkthrough of wiki – adding an entry, monitoring changes, making changes

    • How to introduce the Wiki WAN party to the rest of the participants

  2. During the conference . From Saturday afternoon through to Tuesday afternoon – Continuous Virtual Workshop throughout the conference as people contribute new material and revise existing material on the wiki server.

  3. Towards the end of the conference . Tuesday afternoon, June 15, 13:30-15:00. Working session wrap-up to reflect on the wiki experience.

  4. At the end of the conference. Tuesday afternoon, June 15, 15:30-16:30. Wiki Wan party summary. Plenary session at end of the WICSA conference to report on the wiki results.



Call for prepared participation


These work sessions is intended for anyone interested in distilling software architecture best practices (software architects, software lead designers, students, researchers, managers, educators, etc).


Participants are asked to prepare for discussions and work sessions by submitting the following to the workshop chairs (jas@cs.tufts.edu) :

The Wiki WAN Party is open to all conference participants and submission materials will not be used for choosing participants. The party hosts will use the submission materials to gauge interest in the themes and to help organize the initial wiki online material and plan for the party.


Important Dates

Submission Due June 2, 2004

WICSA Wiki WAN Party, June 12-15, 2004


Wiki WAN Party hosts: (alphabetical order)


Shang-Wen Cheng

Dept. of Computer Science

Carnegie Mellon University


Robert L. Nord

Software Engineering Institute

Carnegie Mellon University


Judith Stafford

Dept. of Computer Science

Tufts University