Call for Papers

Virtual Goods + ODRL 2013 is organized by the IFIP Working Group 6.11 Communication Systems in Electronic Commerce and with the support of the German GI Working Group E-Commerce.


The workshop invites papers to two approaches to a trusted and adaptive Web: top-down by policy-guided behavior and bottom-up by self-organized movements.

Policies help to protect and guide business and private activities in mobile systems and social networks. We invite papers about the representation of rules, rights and duties, their visualization, semantic representation, or enforcement in all critical areas of the real life in the connected world.

Self-organized movements have come up in recent time by user-driven content as well as by grassroots activities like Liquid Democracy, WikiLeaks and coordinated actions through social networks. We invite papers on p2p and m2m architectures, as well as on self-adaptive communities and their methodology, their experiences and their impact.

On the one hand the workshop addresses legal, ethical, and secure business and private activities in mobile systems and social networks. Rights include ownership rights and copyright (as usual with virtual goods). Security includes privacy, fairness, confidentiality, integrity, and availability. The specific policy view addresses policies as a way to describe behavior. It also addresses the development of languages to specify policies as artifacts (ODRL et al.). It addresses the challenges to present policies, to modify policies, to use policies for automated behavior, and to trust policies.

On the other hand, the workshop addresses new ways of cultural cooperation. The modern Web allows for safe bottom-up activities as a way to self-organization and self-adaptation. The balance of a self-organized bottom-up way of cooperation with a legal, ethical and safe culture is a specific challenge of the workshop. Moreover, we invite especially for a debate about a top-down approach by policies versus a bottom-up approach by self-organization.


  • Descriptions of aims and strategies
  • Specification of rules
  • Semantic policies for virtual goods and services
  • Policies for licensing, flow control, privacy, fairness (and, possibly, more)
  • Presentation, automation, visualization, protection, and evaluation of policies
Self-organized movements:
  • M2M, P2P
  • Self-adaptive consensus making
  • Liquid Democracy, eVoting
  • Methodology, experiences and impact of self-organization
And, of course, as usual for E-Content and Virtual Goods:
  • Digital goods, digital services
  • User-driven content, service-driven content
  • Societal and economic conditions and impact
  • Security and privacy in the context of content processing
  • Use of Linked Data and semantic descriptions for virtual products and services
  • Legal issues in semantically describing and offering virtual products and services
Impact factors to be investigated:
  • Technical solutions: mechanisms, artifacts and their application
  • Economic impact: cost, value, utility
  • Philosophical aspects: culture, moral, dignity
  • Legal aspects: compliance, adaptation, interworking of different legal spaces
Disciplines invited for contributions
  • Computer science
  • Economy
  • Social sciences
  • Jurisdiction
  • Philosophy
  • Communication theory


  • We expect full papers by April 22, 2013
  • Decision about acceptance by May 20
  • Camera ready papers due July 1
  • Authors are invited to submit original unpublished research as full papers (max. 15 pages).
  • All submitted papers will be peer-reviewed by members of the program committee for originality, significance, clarity and quality
  • Authors should use the LNI format. For the camera-ready papers follow the author´s guidelines ( and use the Word template ( or the LaTeX template ( If you are used to the Springer LNCS format, you will find it easy to adapt
  • Paper submission will be through the ConfTool of the mother conference “Informatik 2013”, please register there, log in and upload your paper through “Your Submissions” and “Virtual Goods+ODRL”


Accepted papers will be published in the proceedings of the workshop with ISBN number under the label of the Gesellschaft für Informatik (GI). Printed book versions are available. In addition, the Virtual Goods workshop proceedings will be available online on the Virtual Goods Website, as usual since our first workshop 2003.


Conference Chair:

Rüdiger Grimm
IT Risk management
University Koblenz-Landau

Program Committee Co-Chairs:

Rüdiger Grimm
IT Risk management
University Koblenz-Landau

Ansgar Scherp
Data and Web Science
University Mannheim, Germany

Steering Committee:

Rüdiger Grimm and Jürgen Nützel and Renato Iannella

(long-term responsibility for continuity of Virtual Goods + ODLR workshops beyond 2013)

6. Program Committee

Alapan Arnab, T-Systems, South Africa
Soren Auer, University Leipzig, DE
Borka J. Blazic, University and Jozef Stefan Institute, Ljubljana, SLO
Nathaniel Borenstein, Mimecast, Greenbush, MI, USA
Karlheinz Brandenburg, Technical University Ilmenau, DE
Wojciech Cellary, The Poznan University of Economics, PL
Jean-Noël Colin, University of Namur, BE (PC co-chair)
Jaime Delgado, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), Barcelona, ES
Jana Dittmann, Uni Magdeburg, DE
Ed Gerck, Safevote Inc., San Diego, CA, USA
Ruediger Grimm, University of Koblenz-Landau, DE (Conference chair and PC co-chair)
Susanne Guth-Orlowski, castLabs GmbH, DE
Berthold Hass, University of Flensburg, DE
Thomas Hess, University Munich, DE
Yuh-Jong Hu, National Chengchi University, Taiwan
Renato Iannella, Semantic Identity, AU
Pramod A. Jamkhedkar, Princeton University´s EE Department, USA
Deepa Kundur, University of Toronto, Canada
Paolo Nesi, Departimento di Sistemi e Informatica, University Firenze, IT
Juergen Nuetzel, AG, Ilmenau, DE
Ansgar Scherp, University Mannheim, DE (PC co-chair)
Frank Stoll, UBS, Zürich, CH


Extended to April 30, 2013

Full paper submissions (15 pages)

May 20, 2013

Decision about acceptance

July 1, 2013

Camera ready papers due

May 20 – July 15, 2013

Early bird registration to the workshop

Sep 6, 2013

End of workshop registration

Sep 16-20, 2013

Mother workshop “Informatik 2013”

Sep 18, 2013

“Day of Informatics” with central invited talks

Sep 19-20, 2013

11th Virtual Goods + ODRL 2013


WG 6.11


Gesellschaft fuer Informatik e.V.
Working Group ECOM