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Please find details to all presentation types at the end of the table and in the call for papers above
We invite you to submit an abstract for paper or poster, or a proposal for a panel, workshop or tutorial. Join us in creating a productive environment for exchanging ideas, sharing expertise, and building professional relationships in the field of documentation.
Our theme, “Finding real-world solutions for documentation: How theory informs practice and practice informs theory”, includes a wide range of topics. You are encouraged, though not required, to consider the following areas:
Papers, panels, and posters, your proposal, as well as your completed submission, will be peer reviewed. Accepted papers, panels, and posters will be published in the conference proceedings and considered for publication in the ACM Journal of Computer Documentation. However, final acceptance for publication is contingent on registration for the conference. (In the case of multiple authors, at least one author must register.) If you are unable to attend the conference, a publication fee equivalent to your conference registration will be charged."
Papers describe well-developed documentation development processes, offer instructive case examples, outline cogent or provocative positions on the past, present, or future of documentation, or discuss the results of empirical, historical, or theoretical research. In all cases, a paper must break new ground and its contribution must offer a clear benefit.
All abstracts (and subsequent full papers) are assessed according to the following criteria:
Submit a 300- to 600-word description of the paper topic, outlining the thesis, main points, and implications for the field. For approved descriptions, full papers will be solicited and reviewed. Papers accepted for and published in the proceedings can be up to 8 pages. Presentations at the conference, including time for discussion, will be 30 minutes.
Panels stimulate thought and discussion about ideas and issues of interest to the computer documentation community. They typically focus on controversial or emerging topics and are designed to explore a range of different viewpoints. Domain experts conduct an interactive discussion with the overall goal of helping audience members to broaden their understanding of the issues and perhaps even to modify their views. Panels last 90 minutes and typically include three to five panelists plus a moderator. A discussant may be used, but is not required.
Submit a 800- to 1000-word description of the panel, including an overview of the topic, abstracts of the positions of the panelists, and proposed panel format. We are especially interested in formats that generate interaction and discussion among panelists and with the audience; this is not the place for a series of prepared presentations. Individual panelists can be proposed, or the program committee can help accepted panel proposals find appropriate panelists if needed.
Workshops provide a valuable opportunity for small communities of people with diverse perspectives to engage in rich discussions about a topic of common interest. Interaction among participants is important, so participants must have informed positions based on prior experience. Workshops can focus on research or applied topics. Workshops addressing the conference theme are encouraged. We encourage submissions addressing basic research, applied research, and new methodologies, emerging application areas, design innovations, and education. Each workshop should result in a short article for submission to the Journal of Computer Documentation that gives the SIGDOC community a new, organized way of thinking about the topic and that suggests promising directions for future research.
All workshops are one-half day in length. Design your schedule for a length of 4 hours, including one coffee break. Most workshops have 12 to 15 participants. A fee is charged to each workshop participant to cover materials. The workshop fee will be waived for two of the workshop's organizers.
Review criteria include the workshop's potential for generating stimulating discussions and useful results; the expected community interest level in the topic; the organizers' ability to demonstrate through the proposal that the workshop will be well organized; the overall balance of topics in the Workshops program; and the fit with the conference theme or special areas. If multiple submissions are received on the same or similar topics, the organizers may be encouraged to merge them.
In the workshop proposal, describe the topic, the plan for conducting the workshop, and the organizers' backgrounds. The topic description should communicate the names of all organizers (identifying the two whose fees will be waived), the goals of the workshop, the nature of the topic in a clear and detailed description, and the importance and timeliness of the topic.
The workshop plan should communicate a preliminary schedule of workshop activities with estimated times, a breakdown of subtopics within general topic, the desired number of participants, the participant selection criteria, the approach to facilitation for workshop activities, any pre-workshop activities, the planned dissemination of results (e.g., plans for a Journal of Computer Documentation article), and whether a conference poster will be created by organizers. The organizer's background should include relevant biographical information including projects, publications, and presentations on the workshop topic, and relevant past experience with workshops at similar conferences.
The workshop proposal should be 800 to 1000 words, plus a 250-word call for participation suitable for publication in the SIGDOC 2003 Advance Program and on the SIGDOC 2003 Web site. It should describe the workshop, the participant selection criteria, and where potential participants should send position papers.
Tutorials are either half-day or full-day training sessions that explore a conference topic. Tutorial leaders should be experienced teachers or trainers with significant expertise in the tutorial area. Tutorial leaders will receive an honorarium of $250 for a half-day workshop or $500 for a full-day workshop, as well as travel and lodging for one night.Note: If fewer than six students register for a tutorial, it will be canceled and the tutorial leader will not receive an honorarium or the travel and lodging payments. In the case of a tutorial with two or more leaders, the honorarium and travel reimbursement will be divided among them.
In the tutorial proposal, describe the topic, the plan for conducting the tutorial, and the organizers' backgrounds. The topic description should communicate the goals of the workshop, the nature of the topic in a clear and detailed description, and the importance and timeliness of the topic. The tutorial plan should communicate a preliminary schedule of activities with estimated times, a breakdown of subtopics within general topic, the desired number of participants, the session activities, and any pre-tutorial activities. Be sure to discuss how hands-on activities will be included. The organizer's background should include relevant biographical information including projects, publications, and presentations on the workshop topic, and relevant past experience with workshops at similar conferences.
The tutorial proposal should be 800 to 1000 words, plus a 250-word call for participation suitable for publication in the SIGDOC 2003 Advance Program and on the SIGDOC 2003 Web site.
Posters are concise, visual presentations of a concept related to the conference theme. Posters will be displayed during the conference and provide an excellent opportunity to discuss late-breaking and ongoing work in an informal setting. A two-page summary of each accepted poster will appear in the conference proceedings.
Review criteria include the contribution of the work to the documentation community, validity of the results, originality of the work, clarity of presentation, and interest value. Summaries of wider findings or reduced versions of longer papers are not suitable for the Posters submission category.
Submit a PDF file of the poster. The deadline for posters only is June 9, 2003.