Call for the Open Source Software Competition


The ACM Multimedia Open-Source Software Competition celebrates the invaluable contribution of researchers and software developers who advance the field by providing the community with implementations of codecs, middleware, frameworks, toolkits, libraries, applications, and other multimedia software. This year will be the sixth year in running the competition as part of the ACM Multimedia program.

To qualify, software must be provided with source code and licensed in such a manner that it can be used free of charge in academic and research settings. For the competition, the software will be built from the sources. All source code, license, installation instructions and other documentation must be available on a public web page. Dependencies on non-open source third-party software are discouraged (with the exception of operating systems and commonly found commercial packages available free of charge). To encourage more diverse participation, previous years’ non-winning entries are welcome to re-submit for the 2013 competition. Student-led efforts are particularly encouraged.

Authors are highly encouraged to prepare as much documentation as possible, including examples of how the provided software might be used, download statistics or other public usage information, etc. Entries will be peer-reviewed to select entries for inclusion in the conference program as well as an overall winning entry, to be recognized formally at ACM Multimedia 2013. The criteria for judging all submissions include broad applicability and potential impact, novelty, technical depth, demo suitability, and other miscellaneous factors (e.g., maturity, popularity, student-led, no dependence on closed source, etc.).

Authors of the winning entry, and possibly additional selected entries, will be invited to demonstrate their software as part of the conference program. In addition, accepted overview papers will be included in the conference proceedings.

Important Dates

Open Source Software Submission Deadline: May 20, 2013, at
11:59pm PST (UTC-8)
Notification of Acceptance: June 30, 2013
Camera-ready Submission Deadline: August 1, 2013

Open Source Software Competition Guidelines

Authors interested in submitting an entry to the ACM Multimedia Open Source Software competition should make their software contribution available by providing a public URL for download and prepare a package containing the following information to be submitted via the online submission system under the Open Source Software Competition track:

A) A pdf file containing a 4-page max paper including an overview of the open-source software package, its description, applications, intended audience, main features, etc.
B) A txt or pdf file, containing the following information

    • Title of submission
    • Names and affiliations of authors (indicate students).
    • In case of a large distributed project, include full list of contributors, if possible, and indicate main contact (e.g., project owner or maintainer)
    • Submitters are also encouraged to tag their paper with up to two areas from the main track (see Areas for a list of the areas).
    • A link to a compressed zip file that contains the software.
    • The license of the open source software.
    • The permanent link for the open source software (e.g., Sourceforge, Google Code, SVN)

The overview paper should be prepared using the same guidelines and formatting as for Short Papers. Authors will be required to sign copyright to the ACM. The sentence “SUBMITTED to ACM MULTIMEDIA 2013 OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE COMPETITION” written in capital letters must appear in the first page, after the authors’ names.

The compressed zip archive file with all source code, documentation, build/install instructions, and licenses must be placed in a web accessible location. The public URL for project page where software, documentation, and open-source license can be found must be included in the overview paper. Comprehensive and clear build/install instructions will be a crucial component of any submission. The evaluation committee will make reasonable effort to build the software for the top contributions, but if they are unable to make the software run, it will be excluded from the competition.

Link to the Online Submission System:


For any questions regarding tutorials please email the Open Source Competition Chairs:

Ioannis (Yiannis) Patras (Queen Mary University, UK) i.patras -at-
Andrea Vedaldi (Oxford University, UK) vedaldi -at-


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