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CFP: Gender Equity and FLOSS

Call for Chapter Submissions of a New Book
Gender Equity and Free and Open Source Software
http://www.wowem.org/ <http://www.wowem.org/> 

In recent years, academia, non-governmental organizations, 
governments, and industry have become increasingly involved 
in the development of F/OSS technologies, and in analyzing 
the social impact of that technology in diverse settings, 
such as in developing countries, in education and in the 
workplace. WOWEM, a Gender Equity and F/OSS research and 
education project started by the The Foundation for Building 
Sustainable Communities, is sponsoring a book to be 
co-edited by Stacy Gildenston, current Director of 
Certification for Linux Professional Institute 
<http://www.lpi.org/>, and Lady Murrugarra, Coordinator 
Group <http://www.concytec.gob.pe/generotics/> Work Gender 
and ICTs - Peru and Head Computer Center Instituto de 
Medicina <http://www.upch.edu.pe/tropicales> Tropical 
Alexander von Humboldt - UPCH< /A>. This book aims to 
incorporate both empirical studies and qualitative 
evaluations of F/OSS technologies in which Gender Equity 
concerns have been involved.

For example: gender and F/OSS instructional technology 
(computer-based teaching); gender-based cultural factors in 
the use of F/OSS; human-F/OSS interaction and trends; the 
barriers of F/OSS adoption based on gender concerns; and 
gender-based organizational and work issues; as well as 
reviews of the broader social implications of F/OSS 
technologies in Gender Equitable development. The focus of 
reviews and studies submitted for publication in this 
section should reflect the book's focus on Gender Equity 
concerns, either by stating how F/OSS technology is 
relevant, or how it might be relevant, particularly with 
respect to local, regional, or international development 

WOWEM will accept submissions in English and Spanish, but 
alternate languages are welcome as approved by the editors. 
Proposals for submission must be received by August 16th, 
2004 at jmcknight6655@rogers.com 
<mailto:jmcknight6655@rogers.com>. We intend to publish all 
quality work as space allows. Detailed outlines and/or first 
drafts must be completed by September 30th, 2004, with the 
intent to have authors complete work by December 31, 2004. 
Alternate deadlines may be made available upon request.


Full Length Articles can be anywhere up to approximately 
5,000 words in length, including (if needed) references, 
diagrams, statistics, etc. These articles may be 
qualitative, quantitative, or a combination of both. The 
intent of the editors is to allow for extremely diverse 


Case Studies (up to 5,000 words) are highly regarded as 
material for submission. Since it is often difficult to 
create a research design that is applicable to standard 
quantitative statistical analysis or adequate control of 
variables, an appropriate focus can be methodologies. These 
methods are best described in Case Study format. The editors 
wish to encourage submissions from ALL experimental, 
educational, and organizational spheres. All Case Studies 
should present an adequate description of the background of 
the presenting problem, any methodologies used, the 
outcomes, and explanations for the outcomes observed.


The book will recognize that F/OSS is a diverse topic 
politically, geographically, and culturally. The papers can 
be on any type of research that has relevance to Gender 
Equity and F/OSS. We would like to see short reports that 
authors may feel are not likely to be published as a full 
article, but which appears to offer intriguing, preliminary 
work and findings. We welcome both quantitative and 
qualitative research articles; pilot studies; non-trivial 
assignments done by or set for students; and even completely 
speculative papers that suggest a further avenue of study 
and research.

The length should be between 500-1,500 words, including any 
references. Since space is at a premium include core details 
that are required to help the reader understand the main 
thrust of the article. The discussion should mention 
possible flaws or alternative interpretations of the 
results, other than the main interpretation presented by the 
author(s). This is as much to indicate to the reader that 
the author(s) is/are aware of these possible flaws and 
alternative interpretations. It also serves to instruct for 
the potential to replicate work.

Creative Non-Fiction

Finally, the editors will accept short (up to 1,000 words) 
creative non-fiction works describing personal experiences 
with F/OSS and Gender Equity. Space for this may be somewhat 
limited, and this material may be used for alternate media, 
such as on the WOWEM website.

All the best,
Lady Murrugarra
http://www.upch.edu.pe/tropicales <http://www.upch.edu.pe/tropicales> 
http://www.concytec.gob.pe/generotics <http://www.concytec.gob.pe/generotics>

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