About WEA 2014

WEA – International Workshop on Software Ecosystem Architectures

The WEA workshopseries is a venue for both practitioners and researchers discussing problems, solutions and lessons learned related to software development in the context of multiple systems which are inter-dependent, interrelated or integrated. The goal of the workshop is to define challenges and find solutions for developers, integrators, and architects who work in such large open-source or industrial ecosystems.

WEA is an interactive event, comprising the discussion of position papers, break-out groups, and plenary discussions.


We solicit submissions on technical topics related to scaling system architecture to the level of software ecosystems. What are relevant methods, processes, techniques and/or tools for architecting at scale? Which technical strategies are required to cope with the complexity of ecosystem architectures? How can architectural concepts assure end-to-end quality across system borders while keeping maintenance and evolution of the comprising systems independent from each other? What kind of capabilities do we need in terms of tools to analyze software ecosystems statically or monitor/diagnose them at run time?

  • Experience reports on best practices for architectural styles, tactics, or patterns vs. bad smells or anti-patterns in ecosystem architectures
  • Tools for inter-system static and/or dynamic analysis including but not limited to visualization, monitoring, and change awareness
  • Empirical studies of ecosystem phenomena as well as user needs in the context of software development within an ecosystem
  • Case studies of ecosystem architectures and their evolution
  • Working Processes for evolving software ecosystems as a whole that respect the autonomy of independent system contributors
  • Engineering methods for the design and documentation of evolving ecosystem architectures


Information on previous editions of the workshop can be found at the WEA History.


The creation and adoption of a software ecosystem is becoming increasingly pervasive, leading to new research and management challenges. Several companies are platformizing successful products and opening these products up for outside innovation where customers expect to be actively involved in the shaping of the technology they use. This also leads to new opportunities and challenges regarding new business models, open innovation, collaborative development, strategic planning, and coordination of multiple platforms. IWSECO and WEA aim to further increase the body of knowledge in software ecosystems by providing a forum to exchange ideas and discuss the most recent innovations, trends and experiences in the field. It aims to build and shape the community of leading practitioners and research experts by providing a forum for the exchange of research results and industrial practice in software ecosystems.

By co-locating both, IWSECO and WEA we aim at attracting and involving interested participants from the larger European software engineering community in an early stage of shaping software ecosystem research and community building. The co-located workshops will be a venue for practitioners and researchers to share experience and lessons learned; with a particular focus on architecture, as the ecosystem architecture can actually determine the success or failure of software ecosystems as a whole.


IWSECO and WEA are organized as two-day co-located workshops. In the first day, IWSECO will cover business and social topics related to software ecosystems. In the second day, WEA will focus on software architecture and technical topics. We will have invited keynote talks and short presentations (around 15 min) of accepted papers. We will create  an interactive event, comprising the discussion of papers, break-out groups, and open plenary discussions. We will have one joint EasyChair submission site and one joint program committee.


All accepted papers will be published as electronic ECSA Workshop Proceedings in the ACM Digital Library. We welcome both research and industry papers. They must be original and not submitted to or accepted by any other workshop, conference or journal. Papers should not exceed 6 pages. Submissions must follow the ACM SIG Proceedings Style.
Templates can be downloaded at http://www.acm.org/sigs/publications/proceedings-templates.

Authors of accepted papers are required to register for the workshop and attend the Workshop.


For all details please refer to the website of European Conference on Software Architecture (ECSA 2014).