Oct 9 – 11, 2024
Leibniz Supercomputing Centre LRZ, Munich, Germany and Online
Europe/Zurich timezone

9 - 11 October 2024

Continuing the success of conference over the past 5 years, the #ossym Open Search Symposium series brings together the Open Internet Search community in Europe for the sixth time this year. The hybrid conference provides a forum to discuss and further develop the ideas and concepts of open internet search and related topics in various formats including scientific talks, panels, workshops, demonstrations, student challenges and informal discussion spaces. Participants include researchers, data centres, libraries, policy makers, legal and ethical experts, and society.  ( Open Search Foundation)

Submission for Papers/Demos is closed. 

Call for papers

We are calling for your contribution with scientific papers, sharing of practical experiences or by introducing concepts and positions in relevant fields, such as computer science, legal, economics and ethics. Full papers and abstracts presented at the #ossym2024 will be published open access in online proceedings (including DOIs and ISBN) following the event. Authors from selected scientific papers will be invited to submit an extended version for a journal publication

Please submit your contribution: for research contributions we accept full papers (4-6 pages) and for any other contribution (concepts, best practices or practitioners’ experiences) an extended abstract (1 page).

All abstracts and papers have to using the available document templates. The acceptance of all full papers and extended abstracts is subject of a peer-review process.

Submit your Papers/Abtracts here (Submission closed)

Call for Demos

We invite young researchers and students to showcase their innovative work using the Open Web Index of the OpenWebSearch.eu project. This call is an excellent opportunity for participants to develop and present cutting-edge search- and web analytics- solutions to advance to a more open search ecosystem and show them to the open search community. We are particularly interested in demonstrations that combine the Open Web Index with technologies such as Large Language Models, Knowledge Graphs, or that offer new search paradigms (e.g. Argumentation Search, Conversational Search), interesting frontends, and domain-specific search solutions. In addition, we are also looking for contributions towards web-scale, robust semantic enrichment techniques that can advance search solutions for different domains. Examples could be information quality assessments, entity extraction or Knowledge Graph alignment.

Please preapre your proposal using the available document templates. The acceptance of all demos is subject of a peer-review process.

Submit your Demo proposal here (Submission closed)

Main Topics

Discuss interdisciplinary aspects of Open Search
technical • ethical • legal • educational • economic • applications

opics of #ossym2024 include but are not limited to

  • Open search architectures and platforms
  • Open Web Index and application domains
  • Federated search and cross-domain search
  • Web Data Analytics and Web Mining
  • Vector search, dense retrieval and neural re-ranking
  • Natural language and multi-media processing for search
  • Large Language Models, Machine learning and generative AI
  • Personalization and recommendation in search
  • Conversational Retrieval Experiences
  • Georeferencing of web content and geospatial search/ analysis
  • Evaluation of open search systems
  • Applications of open search in domains such as science, e-commerce, health, and education
  • Search bias and trust
  • Economic dimensions of open search
  • Search engine advertising and business models in an open search world
  • Green computing and sustainability
  • Societal  challenges and solutions
  • Ethical and value aspects of search
  • Politics and governance
  • Legal and licence aspects

Conference format

  • The conference will take place at Leibnitz Supercomputer Centre in Garching/Munich with the possibility of Online participation.

Conference Chairs

Maari Alanko | CSC, Finland
Dr. Isabell Claus | thinkers.ai, Austria
Prof. Dr. Michael Granitzer
| University Passau, Germany
Prof. Dr. Christian Guetl | Graz University of Technology, Austria
Christine Plote | Open Search Foundation, Germany
Dr. Stefan Voigt | Open Search Foundation, Germany
Dr. Andreas Wagner | CERN, Geneva, Switzerland

Local Organization: LRZ – Leibniz Rechenzentrum


Leibniz Supercomputing Centre LRZ, Munich, Germany and Online