Call for Papers & Workshop on Interoperability – Paris, France

The Innovation & Regulation Chair at the Ecole Polytechnique of Paris and the International Journal of Communications Law and Policy (IJCLP) are pleased to announce their first joint call for interdisciplinary papers in occasion of the Workshop on Interoperability taking place on June 23-24, 2009 in Paris, France.

We invite students, scholars, policy-makers, technologists, practitioners and industry representatives to submit papers on interoperability related issues, analyzed from a legal, economic and/or technological perspective.

Deadline for writing competition: May 15th, 2009
Deadline for Journal publication: September 15th, 2009
Deadline for long abstracts (submissions not entered in writing competition): July 15, 2009

Conference Description

Interoperability may be defined as the ability of two or more systems to exchange information between them or to ask services one another. Software interoperability has been at the core of several recent antitrust cases and policy debates, as the European Community’s Microsoft case and the discussion concerning interoperability between Digital Rights Management (DRM) systems. Web 2.0 related developments, such as mega-sites and mashups, involve significant interoperability issues as well.

The Workshop will bring together scholars from various fields of research (including economics, law and technology), operators and policy makers from the US and Europe to examine the issue of interoperability at various levels, encompassing a positive analysis of the legal status of interoperability information, but also a more economically founded analysis of compatibility between different systems in innovation driven markets (potentially with several normative implications).

We encourage creative approaches and we welcome the submission of theoretical contributions, case studies, empirical researches or surveys offering new keys to the reading of interoperability related issues.

A full conference description, including a dedicated bibliography and speakers’ bios and abstracts, will be made available at the Innovation & Regulation Chair’s website. Conference proceedings will be published in a dedicated printed volume of the IJCLP, as well as made available under an open access policy at the IJCLP’s website.