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Special sessions are very small and specialized events to be held during the conference as a set of oral and poster presentations that are highly specialized in some particular theme or consisting of the works of some particular international project. The goal of special sessions (minimum 4 papers; maximum 9) is to provide a focused discussion on innovative topics. All accepted papers will be published in a special section of the conference proceedings book, under an ISBN reference, and on digital support. All papers presented at the conference venue will be available at the SCITEPRESS Digital Library. SCITEPRESS is a member of CrossRef and every paper is given a DOI (Digital Object Identifier). The proceedings are submitted for indexation by Web of Science / Conference Proceedings Citation Index, DBLP, EI and SCOPUS.


CloudSecGov 2013Special Session on Security Governance and SLAs in Cloud Computing
Chair(s): Karin Bernsmed and Martin Jaatun

CI 2013Special Session on Cloud Interoperability
Chair(s): Augusto Ciuffoletti

WCLOUD 2013Special Session on Working Session on Cloud Education Environments
Chair(s): Hans-Christian Schmitz, Rocael Hernandez and Alexander Mikroyannidis

Special Session on Security Governance and SLAs in Cloud Computing - CloudSecGov 2013


Karin Bernsmed
Martin Jaatun
University of Stavanger

Cloud computing is slowly turning towards an open ecosystem of services that can be mixed and matched according to the customers' individual requirements. In federated Clouds (or "clouds-of-clouds"), services will be picked not only from functionality, but also based on non-functional properties such as availability, performance, security and cost. The obvious downside is the lack of control; customers need to make sure that the composite services behave as expected and that the individual components from different providers can be trusted.

Special Session on Cloud Interoperability - CI 2013


Augusto Ciuffoletti
Università di Pisa

Cloud interoperability is one of the most challenging aspects of cloud computing. For the final user, interoperability means the possibility of migrating from one IaaS provider to another, or to manage in a seamless way the resources provided by distinct providers: thus the risk of being locked to a given provider is avoided, and cloud operation is made more reliable and secure. For the intermediate provider that offers value added services using a cloud infrastructure, interoperability means the possibility to offer the same service using different providers, without redesigning the application each time. Being the cloud a fast evolving creature, standardization proposals must be extremely flexible and not bound to current technologies or short term visions, while being simple to adhere to. As an alternative, some propose the design of intermediate layers that work as adapters for distinct providers.

Special Session on Working Session on Cloud Education Environments  - WCLOUD 2013


Hans-Christian Schmitz

Rocael Hernandez
Galileo University
Alexander Mikroyannidis

United Kingdom

Cloud Learning Environments (CLEs) or Cloud Education Environments (CEE) consider the cloud as a large ecosystem, which is not owned by any educational organization. Within this ecosystem, learners and educators act as the users and producers of cloud-based learning services. They have complete control over the choice, use and sharing of the learning tools and content provided by these services. This approach has the potential to enable and facilitate both formal and informal learning. It allows learners to learn anywhere and at anytime. It also facilitates collaboration among learners and educators. Additionally, the openness, sharing and reusability of learning tools and content on the web are technically enabled and promoted.