Feature ITEMS

  1. Some notes from the Vice Chair 
  2. ACM SIGDOC Diana Award Invitation/Congratulations!
  3. ACM SIGDOC Board Meeting at the conference hotel on Sunday, October 2nd
  4. Rigo Award nomination
  5. Design of communication in Italy – Two faces

Some notes from the Vice Chair: Updates on our web site, newsletter, and thoughts on bringing back a journal

 

We have a new SIGDOC webmaster!

Jennifer Riehle is the current chair of the SIGDOC student chapter at NC State and enthusiastically agreed to be the web master of the SIGDOC site. Her website is http://www.jenreally.com/ and her online portfolio is athttp://www.jenreally.com/portfolio. Jen has begun doing content and design work on the SIGDOC website.

Newsletter direction and proposal for a journal

Interested in leading or contributing? SIGDOC is looking for membership feedback and a new newsletter editor or contributors. Our Newsletter is a centerpiece forum for SIGDOC communication and could greatly benefit by more contributions from members.

To all our current and prospective SIGDOC members, I’m inviting your feedback, input, and contributions for future newsletters. If you are not interested in contributing, is it because “it doesn’t count” toward real publication credits in your career? I ask, because there’s currently a new interest and energy to try to bring back the Journal of Computer Documentation (JCD) as the flagship publication of ACM SIGDOC. However, there are a number of issues to content with for us to have an ACM-approved journal that is designed, developed, and delivered by member volunteers. Do we have enough contributors to ensure that the journal would receive a significant backlog of contributions? Does reprinting papers from past proceedings merit a journal? Other options certainly exist, for example a newsletter that is more journal-like and that is published in the ACM Digital Library. A number of excellent examples of such newsletters abound across ACM SIGs.

At a recent ACM board meeting, I learned that there are 36 SIGs, 30 newsletters and only 6 journals. Many of the SIGs have large fund balances, large memberships, and large conferences but no journal. Many other successful thriving SIGs have newsletters. (e.g., the Management of Data SIG’s SIGMOD Record newsletter) I propose that rather than pushing for a journal, we first demonstrate that we have a healthy pipeline and population of articles and contributors for a wealth of articles to publish. We will get our newsletter approved to be published in the digital library, and we’ll make it more journal like. I say we see if there’s real interest from our memebers before we revise and resubmit to the ACM Publications Board for a journal.

Here are portions of the earlier request for a journal that was not accepted by ACM:

SIGDOC journal proposal

Name, affiliation, and full contact information:
Michael Albers
East Carolina University
2110 Bate Building
Greenville NC 27858
malbers@acm.org
252-355-5149

Proposed name
The previous SIGDOC journal was named The Journal of Computer Documentation. Since then, SIGDOC and the field in general has changed which will require a name change. The proposed name is: ACM Transactions on Design of Information and Communication This name change will place it in the ACM Transaction series. As a peer-reviewed journal, this is the best place for it and will help the overall reputation of both the journal and SIGDOC.

Scope of proposed publication
The journal seeks to be the premier archival journal for industry, management, and academia in the multidisciplinary field of the design and communication of information. In support of the interdisciplinary nature of SIGDOC, the journal will strive to publish articles that cross discipline boundaries as they focus on the effective and efficient methods of designing and communicating information; disciplines will include technical communication, information design, information architecture, interaction design, and human-computer interaction.

A typical issue will consist of 3 or 4 articles with an editorial and introduction to the issue.

The editors will solicit a 1-2 page commentary for at least the lead article from a leading person in that field which will reflect on the significance of the article to the field.

Rationale for new publication
For many practicing and researching information designers, SIGDOC conference proceedings have become a viable and important publishing outlet, in large part due to the widespread availability of ACM’s Digital Library; many report more citations for their conference proceeding publications than for more traditional publication. But the proceedings, by their nature, do not allow or require the kind of depth and scope that would lead to more developed ideas and “journal” status that many academics need for tenure and promotion. In addition, related journals now are receiving and accepting enough articles that they are developing an inventory (see list of journals below). This shows that the number of researchers is increasing and the article production rate can support another journal. With the multidisciplinary focus of the SIGDOC journal, we should be a primary market for many researchers, many of who do not have an obvious journal home in their fields.

The movement to user-centered design and the realization by companies of the importance of high quality user interaction in their products has greatly increased the number of practitioners in the area. This has resulted in an increased in academic programs. The field is experiencing a rapid growth of academic programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Besides the more established programs, several universities have recently started or have plans for PhD programs in technical communication. A new trend for programs in human-computer interaction with a focus on design and psychology rather than computer science are have also recently started.

Conferences which cover this field

  • HCI International
  • Usability Professional’s Association annual conference
  • Society for Technical Communication annual conference
  • ACM SIGCHI conference
  • Association for Teachers of Technical Writing

Other publications which publish similar articles
A number of existing journals cover the interdisciplinary concerns of information designers, but none that focus sufficiently on the specific concerns of practicing, researching information designers. None will be a direct competitor for articles. For example,

  • Technical Communication
  • IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication

Both journals publish articles that touch on issues such as human/computer interaction, content management, and design principles. But their broad audience often requires articles that can be read by a wide range of communicators, at the expense of more nuanced discussions of methods and technologies.

  • Journal of Business and Technical Communication
  • Technical Communication Quarterly
  • Journal of Technical Writing and Communication

Each of these journals cover information design, but both are primarily academic journals devoted to the study of the teaching of writing, rather than design, and design articles can be few and far between.

  • • International Journal of Human-Computer Studies
  • • Journal of Usability Studies

These journals have a very useful but narrow focus, excluding discussions of the broad range of concerns faced by information designers.

Benefits to SIGDOC

• Develop a respected quarterly peer-reviewed journal for SIGDOC. SIGDOC’s conference proceedings are respected and peer reviewed, but do not allow for the sort of developed, verifiable, and generalizable work that is required in a lengthier journal article. They also frequently count less, if at all, for publishing researchers seeking tenure and promotion.

• Enhance SIGDOC’s reputation and increase membership. SIGDOC has been effective at disseminating its conference proceedings, but membership has remained relatively stagnant (true?) and many potential participants may not be able to add an additional conference to their rotation. A peer-reviewed journal has the potential to increase participation and encourage new discussion among colleagues from many fields and contexts.

• Increase multidisciplinary participation. SIGDOC has been dominated by practicing and academic technical communicators. A peer-reviewed journal could draw participants from the many related fields, including HCI, Web design, database management, and computer science.

Relationship to other ACM publications

The proposed journal covers research focused on user-centered design, communicating information and the usability of documentation, web-based system, and software application. Unlike most ACM publications, it deals with the human-system interaction from the screen to the person and not the algorithms and processing which populate the screen. ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction (TOCHI) Significant overlap. However, both journals are covering complementary fields which have substantial areas of research which are not appropriate for the other. In particular, the new journal has a wider scope than just interactive systems. For example, articles or issues which the SIGDOC journal would publish but are out of the scope of TOCHI include:

  • developing or writing online help systems
  • improving the design of printed documentation
  • design of more effective procedures
  • audience or task analysis for content development

ACM Transactions on Multimedia Computing, Communications and Applications Little overlap.

Articles tend to focus on design of algorithms or computer-to-computer communication methods to improve multimedia performance. ACM Transactions on the Web (TWEB) Little overlap. Articles tend to focus on design of algorithms to improve web performance. Interactions also covers similar material, although it is not a direct competitor since it is not peer reviewed. Editorial process Please provide an overview of the proposed editorial process. Each of the associate editors will be responsible for one themed issue a year: developing a theme, soliciting articles, overseeing the peer review, and soliciting commentary. In addition, we will contact people who have presented papers at conferences, such as SIGDOC or ATTW, which could be expanded into articles appropriate for the journal.

Albers will be responsible for one other issue which will consist of articles received outside of the themed issues or of articles which were submitted too late for the themed issue. The fourth issue will be either a themed issue with a guest editor or edited by Albers. One issue may also consist of expanded and revised versions of papers presented at the SIGDOC conference. Manuscript submissions and reviews will also be handled electronically in order to reduce processing time; electronic submittals will also facilitate revision of articles. Material submitted to the journal should not have been published elsewhere, nor be under consideration elsewhere. Some issues may contain substantially revised versions of papers from conference proceedings. All authors of material accepted for publication must comply with standard ACM copyright agreements before publication by signing appropriate forms (such as a copyright transfer form). There is no charge for publication in the journal, nor is any payment made to contributors for the right to publish the work. Each editor will be responsible for an initial copyedit of the final articles. A final copyedit and page layout will be done by the lead editor. East Carolina University will provide a graduate assistant to help with copyedit and page layout. ACM will be responsible for the publishing and distribution.

Will articles go through a full refereeing process, or a less rigorous review process (transactions must use a refereeing process)?

All articles will be peer reviewed by two reviewers, one who will be an editorial board member. How will the editorial board be structured and what role will the editor and other editorial board members play? One of the peer reviewers for each article will be an editorial board member. In the event one of the editors is replaced, the editorial board will be involved in the search process for a new editor and approving the selection. Authors The primary source of articles will be researchers in technical communication or humancomputer interaction. We expect most of the authors will be academics. However, we will strive to ensure the articles are accessible to practitioners and have a practical focus.

Subscribers All SIGDOC members (approximately 400) will receive the journal as part of their membership. The journal will also be available in the ACM Digital Library.

Example articles

Typical articles which would be published

  • Costa, C., Silva, J. & Aparício, M. (2007). Evaluating web usability using small display devices. Proceedings of SIGDOC Conference 2007.
  • Liarokapis, F. & Newman, R. (2007). Design experiences of multimodal mixed reality interfaces Proceedings of SIGDOC Conference 2007.
  • Blake, S. (2008). The Practice of Usability: Teaching User Engagement Through Service-Learning. Technical Communication Quarterly, 17.4, 381-412
  • Brumberger, Eva. (2007). Visual Communication in the Workplace: A Survey of Practice. Technical Communication Quarterly, 16.4, 369-395.
  • Roy, D. (2008). Designing Procedural Graphics for Surgical Patient-Education Modules: An Experimental Study. Technical Communication Quarterly, 17.2, 173-201.
  • Mackiewicz, J. (2008). Comparing Powerpoint Experts’ and University Students’ Opinions about Powerpoint Presentations. Journal of Technical Writing and Communication 38.2 149-165.
  • Ganier, F. (2007). Comparative User-Focused Evaluation of User Guides: A Case Study Journal of Technical Writing and Communication 37.3 305-322.
  • Blythe, S., Grabill, J., Riley, K. (2007) Action Research and Wicked Environmental Problems: Exploring Appropriate Roles for Researchers in Professional Communication. Journal of Business and Technical Communication, 22,.3, 272- 298.
  • Cooke, L. (2008). How Do Users Search Web Home Pages? Technical Communication 55.2, 176-194.
  • Yeats, D. (2008). The Role for Technical Communicators in Open-Source Software Development. Technical Communication 55.1, 38-48.
  • Ford, J. & Mott, R. (2007). The Convergence of Technical Communication and Information Architecture: Creating Single-source Objects for Contemporary Media Technical Communication 54.3, 333-342.

Potential themed issue topics

  • Content management: evaluation and assessment
  • Social networking
  • Design processes and project management
  • Metadata and the semantic web
  • Open source documentation
  • Playing games online: using/designing games to teach/train
  • Designing Online Interactive Training Modules
  • Creating effective ambient communication designs
  • The possibilities, implications, etc. of DITA on documentation
  • Storyboards and prototypes: teaching interaction design
  • The usability of interactive animation
  • Holographs, Sensecams, and wearable or embedded chips: New information management technologies and their impact on communication design
  • Virtual presentations for International settings and audiences
  • Writing for Podcasts
  • Communication design in medicine

ACM SIGDOC Diana Award Invitation/Congratulations!

To SAP Labs, LLC, Palo Alto.
It is my great pleasure to inform you that the SAP AG has been chosen as the 2011 recipient of the prestigious Association for Computing Machinery Special Interest Group on Computer Documentation (ACM SIGDOC) Diana Award. The Diana Award is named after Diana Patterson, past President of ACM SIGDOC. Every two years the ACM SIGDOC gives the Diana Award to an organization, institution, or business that has made an outstanding life-time contribution to the field of communication design. Previous Diana Award winners include Adobe, IBM, W3C, and Xerox Parc.

The award is an elegant plaque tailored for this ACM SIGDOC honor. The contributions that singled SAP AG out for this award are numerous. SAP AG’s history of providing creative support for the users of their enterprise software applications includes, for example, offering comprehensive training for its customers and improved user interfaces back in the 1980s, expanding and collaborating to meet the localized needs of different countries and corporations in the 1990s, taking the lead on e-business solutions and tailored company portals at the turn of the century and, up to the present, winning numerous awards as best place to work while developing 360 customer environments that continue to engage their growing customer base.

The presentation of the award is historically one of the high points of the SIGDOC conference. The usual format for the presentation is for the SAP AG spokesperson to be introduced by the Awards Chair. After the introduction, the spokesperson has the opportunity to give a talk to all conference participants. The talk is usually 15-20 minutes. The topic is of course at your discretion, although speaking to the role of communication design or user support is ideal for the typical ACM SIGDOC conference audience. SIGDOC covers expenses for travel, lodging, and meals. I am glad to discuss details with you and/or whomever would attend this year’s SIGDOC conference to accept the Diana Award on SAP AG’s behalf.

Some helpful links include

Warmest, Brad.
Chair, ACM SIGDOC

 

ACM SIGDOC Board Meeting at the conference hotel on Sunday, October 2nd

BOARD AGENDA 2011
ACM SIGDOC
Brad Mehlenbacher, NC State University (brad_m@gw.ncsu.edu / cell 919-961-3822)
Location: TBA
Time: 1:00 – 5:00 pm, Sunday, October 2nd, 2011
(dinner location TBA)

Invited:

  • Brad Mehlenbacher (Chair)
  • Rob Pierce (Vice-Chair)
  • Liza Potts (Secretary/Treasurer)
  • Michael Albers (Graduate Competition Chair, Poster Session Chair)
  • Aristidis Protopsaltis (2011 General Co-Chair)
  • Nicolas Spyratos (2011 General Co-Chair)
  • Carlos J. Costa (European Chapter Chair, 2011 Program Co-Chair)
  • Carlo Meghini (2011 Program Co-Chair)
  • Manuela Aparicio (European Chapter)
  • Junia Anacieto (2010 General Co-Chair)
  • Renata Fortes (2010 General Co-Chair)
  • Mark Zachry (2012 General Chair)
  • Reiko Hishiyama (2013 General Chair)
  • Kathy Haramundanis (Past Chair, Member-at-Large)
  • Susan Jones (Member-at-Large)
  • David Novick (2007 General Chair, Member-at-Large)
  • Pisa, Italy Conference 2011 (Aristos, Nicolas)

Financial picture, program, acceptance rates, student involvement, arrangements: experiences, wisdom gained, challenges.

Seattle, WA Conference 2012 (General, Mark)
Arrangements, planning, early details.

Kyoto, Japan Conference 2013 (General, Reiko)
See www.kyoto.travel and www.kyotowinterspecial.com.

Website (Brad)
Ashley Williams has stepped down as Information Officer. Jen Riehle, at NC State University, has stepped into the role and is beginning redesign.

Newsletter (Rob)
Update, connection to journal discussions and viability.

Graduate Student Competition / Poster Sessions (Michael)
Update.

European Chapter (General, Carlos)
Carlos’ European chapter, activities, workshops.
NC State Student Chapter (General, Brad)

Chapter, activities, workshops, membership potential.

Viability Review 2012 (General, Brad)
Mission, membership benefits, newsletter highlights, financials, high quality conferences and workshops (DL biometrics), recognizing and nurturing relationships (awards), support for other conferences, nurturing and growing membership through chapters and international outreach and engagement (UK, Portugal, Brazil, Italy).

Rigo Award suggestions for 2014 (General)
Previous winners:

  • 1987: Sergio Figueroa Balderez
  • 1988: Edmond Weiss
  • 1989: R. John Brockmann
  • 1990: Bill Horton
  • 1991: John Chapline
  • 1992: Ed Tufte
  • 1993: Jay Bolter
  • 1994: John Carroll
  • 1995: Janice Redish
  • 1996: Ben Shneiderman
  • 1997: Tom Landauer
  • 1998: Patricia Wright
  • 1999: Terry Winograd
  • 2000: Barbara Mirel
  • 2001: Don Norman
  • 2002: Stephen Doheny-Farina
  • 2003: JoAnn Hackos
  • 2004: Alan Cooper
  • 2006: Dixie Goswami & Carolyn R. Miller
  • 2008: Susanne Bødker & Pelle Ehn
  • 2010: Maria Cecilia Calani Baranauskas & Clarisse Siekenius de Souza
  • 2012: Gerhard Fischer (two nominations)
  • 2014: Scott Adams, Roy Ascott, Carl Bereiter and Marlene Scardamalia, Tim Berners-Lee, John Seely Brown, Bill Buxton, Herb Clark, Bill Gaver, Karen Holtzblatt, Donald Knuth, Jock Mackinlay, Scott McCloud, Tom O’Reilly, Jun Rekimoto, Ted Selker Eliot Soloway, Jarod Spool,

Diana Award Suggestions for 2013 (General)
Previous winners:

  • 1994: Xerox PARC
  • 1995: Carnegie Mellon’s Communications Design Center
  • 1996: Seybold Publications and Seybold Seminars
  • 1997: Adobe Systems, Inc.
  • 1998: Netscape Communications Corp.
  • 1999: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • 2000: MIT Press
  • 2001: Information Mapping, Inc.
  • 2002: World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)
  • 2003: IBM Corp.
  • 2004: The Society for Technical Communication (STC)
  • 2005: The British Computer Society (BCS)
  • 2007: Laboratory for Usability Testing and Evaluation (LUTE), U of Washington
  • 2009: Apple
  • 2011: SAP
  • 2013: Microsoft?

Design of communication in Italy – Two faces

A couple of connections to design of communication in Italy: Ozalp Babaoglu at the Univerisity of Bologna (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Özalp_Babaoglu). Massimo Marchiori at the University of Padua (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Massimo_Marchiori).

Rigo Award nomination

To the Rigo Award committee:

I would like to nominate Professor Gerhard Fischer for the Rigo Award for his more than 20 years of research into the collection, represention, suggestion, and use of design rationale. Design rationale documents the design process and is potentially valuable for both designers and users of software and other artifacts. Indeed, the distinction between designers and users is an unnecessary boundary that Dr. Fischer’s research aims to reduce in his work on meta-design and end user modification. Of particular relevance to the Rigo Award is Dr. Fischer’s exploration of how systems can be designed to collect design rationale as a natural outcome of users’ normal design activity. Making the collection of design rationale a side effect of the design process addresses one of the central issues for documenting design activity, namely that time constraints often result in a practical decision by designers to forego documenting their designs. Additionally, Dr. Fischer’s investigation of how systems can identify and present design rationale relevant to the designer’s or user’s current activity, as discussed in his highly cited paper on user modeling “sjdlfja”, helped provide a framework for later work on agent-based interfaces and personalization. For more than 20 years, Dr. Fischer has led research into methods for articulating, managing, and presenting design rationale. This work has led to more than 4000 citations to more than 150 published articles on related concepts (found in Microsoft Academic Search). This record makes Dr. Fischer deserving of the Rigo Lifetime Achievement Award for research into documentation. Sincerely, Frank Shipman Professor, Texas A&M University Associate Director, Center for the Study of Digital Libraries

MORE ITEMS

  1. SIGDOC Student Chapter News
  2. European Chapter of SIGDOC
  3. ITmatters@IU Newsletter
  4. Call for Papers from ICCATE 2011

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Introducing the ACM SIGDOC@NCSU Student Chapter

In Spring 2010, the longstanding STC Student Chapter at North Carolina State University (NCSU) decided to make a change. After much debate and deliberation, the award-winning chapter decided to close in order to make room for a new organization—the ACM SIGDOC. Deciding to become the first graduate student chapter of the ACM SIGDOC, the former STC board members thought that the change would reflect an awareness of interdisciplinary collaboration in their field. While most of the new ACM SIGDOC@NCSU officers hailed from NCSU’s MS in Technical Communication program, they recognized that their work was no longer limited to manual writing and document design. Their degrees were expanding, a truth reflected in their diverse coursework. While still focusing on technical writing and project management, the students had also began studying web development, graphic design, video and audio development, social media, e-learning, Internet ethics, organizational communication, usability, and cognitive psychology.  These new academic endeavors helped the students and advisors to realize that the theory and practice of “design of communication” was changing. Thanks to innovative technologies and changes in the way we communicate, new and emerging disciplines were filtering into their field. Faculty and advisors noticed that employers and companies were beginning to understand the importance of effective communication in an era of instant communication, and they passed this news onto their students with novel special topics courses and challenging new projects. As a student chapter, the former STC officers wanted to send this message as well. Whether the workforce desired manual writers, web developers, instructional designers or information architects, the ACM SIGDOC@NCSU Chapter wanted to help prepare students for inevitable changes to the field.

As anyone who has tried to start a new chapter or organization is aware, the first few hurdles involved paperwork and red tape. The students worked with their forward-thinking faculty advisor, Sarah Egan Warren, to develop a chapter constitution and file for official recognition among NCSU’s student organizations. One of their first members and officers, Jen Riehle, developed a unique website integrating OrgSync, a social network for student organizations. They started with social events and networking opportunities, extending their outreach to the student, faculty, and alumni of the NCSU MS in Technical Communication program (http://ncsu.orgsync.com/org/sigdoc). During their officer meetings, the students discussed how they would reach out to other disciplines at NCSU and other programs in North Carolina. The students recognized that, as the first graduate student chapter of the ACM SIGDOC, they needed to set the bar high.

A great success of the organization so far is their connection with the Pathfinder Program at IBM (http://www.ibm.ncsu.edu/pathfinder). With its next-door neighbor location in Research Triangle Park (RTP), IBM is a perfect partner for ACM SIGDOC students who want to learn more about real-world employment opportunities available to them. The Pathfinder Program allows students to work with a mentor for about a year. It’s a flexible program that allows students and mentors to decide how they want to use their time, whether it be through monthly meetings, resumé review and interview practice, or job-shadowing opportunities. ACM SIGDOC@NCSU helped interested students to join and succeed in this program, offering testimonies from students who had benefited from Pathfinder in the past. By the end of the year, many students had successfully completed the Pathfinder Program, three students continued from the program into an IBM internship position, and one student, Pathfinder alumni and ACM SIGDOC@NCSU Board Member Neal Timpie, turned his internship into a full-time position with the IBM Lotus Team.

The chapter also worked with alumni who were willing to graciously donate their time and resources to the chapter. These alumni included Anna Thompson, a Marketing Communication Specialist for Research Triangle Institute (RTI); John Martin, an Information and News Technical Support Analyst for NCSU’s Office of Information Technology (OIT); and Christin Phelps, a doctoral student in NCSU’s Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media (CRDM) program and instructor for the undergraduate Designing Web Communication course. Thanks to these alumni and to student-professional outreach programs, ACM SIGDOC@NCSU is achieving its goal of connecting students to real-time information about careers and job marketability.

The new chapter has exciting plans for the future. Officers planning to return next year are discussing the possibility of an ACM SIGDOC@NCSU-inspired conference tentatively named “SIGDOC SpeedCon.” The student-led conference would give the chapter a chance to invite other disciplines and programs into the conversation while also giving students a chance to present their work and ideas. The Chapter’s Faculty Advisor, Sarah Egan Warren, continues to support and inspire the students as they think of new ways to share and discuss the design of communication. ACM SIGDOC Chair, Dr. Brad Mehlenbacher, has also been able to offer his support, attending chapter events and meetings, and excited about offering his advice and expertise to the new chapter.

With a summer to plan and a group of new students ready to lead, there’s no telling where this chapter will be by the end of year two!

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European Chapter of SIGDOC

Carlos Costa is working on the EUROSIGDOC website with his students: http://eurosigdoc.acm.org/

OSDOC 2011 (http://eurosigdoc.acm.org/osdoc2011/) will take place on July 11th in Lisboa, Portugal. This is a SIGDOC European Chapter event in Open Source and Design of Communication. The workshop main topics are: open source and technical writing, open source and creative commons, open source editing tools, open source and games, open source and HCI, ERP Open Source, open source and organizational systems. Everyone is welcome to participate.

CFP of  OSDOC 2011: This CFP is about to close,and we think we have more submissions than last year! http://eurosigdoc.acm.org/osdoc2011/ 

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ITmatters@IU Newsletter

One of our former conference sponsor, Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing, has just released their IU’s “ITmatters@IU” newsletter. It features the School of Informatics and Computing’s two Webby awards in the School/University category. Take a look! http://newsinfo.iu.edu/issue/page/normal/373.html

For more information on the program, contact James P. Shea, Director of Planning and Communications (email:jpshea@indiana.edu).

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Call for Papers from ICCATE 2011

2011 SSITE International Conference on Computers and Advanced Technology in Education will be held on November 3-4, 2011, Beijing, China.

ICCATE 2011 will be the most comprehensive Conference focused on the various aspects of advances in Computer Science and Education. Our Conference provides a chance for academic and industry professionals to discuss recent progress in the area of Computer Science and Education.

The goal of this Conference is to bring together the researchers from academia and industry as well as practitioners to share ideas, problems and solutions relating to the multifaceted aspects of Computer Science and Education.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to: Computer Science, Database Technology, Artificial Intelligence, Computer Architecture, Software Engineering, Computer Graphics, Computer Application, Control Technology, Systems Engineering, Network Technology, Communication Technology, Web Applications, Computer Education, Computer Education for Graduates, Computer Education for Undergraduates, Distance Education for Computers, Life-long education, Computer Education for Special Group, Other Computer Education.

All accepted papers will be included in the Springer CCIS proceedings (EI and ISTP).

Website: http://www.sit-association.org/iccate2011/index.htm

The submission system is open.

https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=iccate2011

Paper format see: http://www.sit-association.org/iccate2011/submission.htm

Paper Submission Due: July 10-30, 2011

Contact Email: iccate2011@163.com

Tel: + (86) 186 2787 2331

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