Open Conference Systems

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Open Conference Systems
Original author(s) Kevin Jamieson, Henry Kang, and John Willinsky
Developer(s) Public Knowledge Project
Initial release June 12, 2002 (2002-06-12) (1.0)[1]
Stable release

2.3.6  (May 28, 2014; 6 years ago (2014-05-28))

Preview release None [±]
Written in PHP
Operating system Cross-platform
Available in Multi-lingual
Type Content management system
License(s) GNU General Public License v2.0

Open Conference Systems or OCS is free open-source content management software for building and deploying a web presence for a scholarly conference. The software is developed and released under the Public Knowledge Project (PKP), which "is dedicated to improving the scholarly and public quality of research."[2]

Product history

Open Conference Systems (OCS) was first developed in 2002 by Kevin Jamieson, Henry Kang, and John Willinsky, along with other support staff through the assistance of The Public Knowledge Project (PKP), a non-profit research initiative of the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia and other supporting entities.[1] The PKP also agreed to distribute OCS "without charge to academic conference organizers so that they can readily set-up an online conference support system with an Open Archives Initiative-compliant database that makes conference papers and other materials universally available."[1] Version 1.0 of the software was first released on June 12, 2002[1], and development continues on it to this day, with the most current release arriving in May 2014.


The main features of Open Conference Systems include[3]:

  • web content creation
  • request scholarly papers
  • electronically accept paper and abstract submissions
  • editing tools for papers
  • query tools
  • raw data support
  • participant registry
  • online discussion forum

Hardware/software requirements

Installation requirements for Open Conference Systems include:

  • PHP 4.2.x or greater (Microsoft IIS requires PHP 5.x)
  • MySQL 3.23.23 or greater or PostgreSQL 7.1 or greater
  • Apache server 1.3.2x or greater, 2.0.4x or greater (or Microsoft IIS 6)

For more information, consult the download page.

Videos, screenshots, and other media

  • A tutorial video for Open Conference Systems can be found on the PKP site.
  • Screenshots of Open Conference Systems can be found on Softpedia.
  • A demo of Open Conference Systems is available via here. Login is "admin" and the password is "testdrive", without the quotes.
  • Documentation for Open Conference Systems can be found on the PKP site or in the FAQ.

Entities using Open Conference Systems

Further reading

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Read Me: Open Conference Systems". Public Knowledge Project.;content-type=text%2Fplain;only_with_tag=kevin. Retrieved 10 January 2013. 
  2. "Public Knowledge Project - About". Public Knowledge Project. Retrieved 10 January 2013. 
  3. "Public Knowledge Project - Open Conference Systems". Public Knowledge Project. Retrieved 10 January 2013.