WikiSym 2009 Call for Papers/Submissions




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The International Symposium on Wikis and Open Collaboration

October 25-27 in Orlando, Florida, USA

In-cooperation with ACM SIGPLAN and ACM SIGWEB, co-located with ACM
OOPSLA 2009, peer-reviewed and archived in the ACM Digital Library


The International Symposium on Wikis (WikiSym) is the premier conference
dedicated to wikis and related open collaboration systems and processes.

WikiSym 2009 aims to explore and extend the thriving wiki community,
bringing together researchers, practitioners, writers and scholars to
gather, discuss and share knowledge and experience on all areas related
to wikis and wiki philosophy, ranging from social to technical, and from
theoretical to experience studies.

The symposium combines a rigorously reviewed research paper track with
plenty of space for experience reports, discussions of work in progress,
demonstrations, tutorials, and lively informal last minute sessions in
open space and WikiFest sessions.

This year, WikiSym will be held in Orlando, Florida, USA---a city with a
tropical climate, poolside fruity drinks, and world-class entertainment
opportunities for adults and families.


* March 27th: Submission deadline for research papers, experience
reports, workshops, and panels
* April 24th: Submission deadline for posters, demonstrations, WikiFest
and Doctoral Symposium proposals
* May 22nd: Notifications for all submission categories (workshops earlier)
* October 25-27: WikiSym 2009!


WikiSym welcomes submissions of research papers (long and short),
experience reports, workshops, panels, posters, demonstrations, WikiFest
and Doctoral Symposium proposals.

Given the interdisciplinary nature of wiki and related systems, WikiSym
invites contributions in a wide range of fields:

* computer science and technology
* human-computer interaction
* communications and media studies
* education
* information and library science
* history, political science, geography
* linguistics, discourse analysis, language studies
* business, marketing, law
* natural sciences, medicine

Topics of special interest to the symposium include, but are not limited to:

* social software for collaboration and work group processes
* wiki user experiences, usability, and discourse analysis
* reputation systems, quality assurance processes
* scalability---social and technical
* wiki technologies and implementations
* translation and multilingual wiki content
* educational applications
* wiki for non-textual media (images, video, audio)
* content dynamics and wiki evolution
* wiki journalism
* wiki archiving and versioning
* wiki administration: dealing with abuse and resolving conflict
* wiki and the semantic web, knowledge management, tacit knowledge
* wiki for small audiences (departmental and family wikis)
* legal issues (copyright, licensing)
* visualization of wiki structure
* wiki fiction


Research papers present integrative reviews or original reports of
substantive new work: theoretical, empirical, or in the development or
deployment of novel systems. We encourage emphasizing lessons learned
and providing a clear concise message to the audience about the
relevance of the work. The paper must place your work in context within
the field, citing related work and indicating clearly what aspects of
the work are new.

Research papers will be reviewed by the Program Committee to meet
rigorous academic standards of publication. They should be written in
English and must not exceed 10 pages (for full papers) or 4 pages (for
short papers). Papers will be reviewed both with respect to conceptual
quality and clarity of presentation. Authors of accepted papers are
expected to attend the conference in order to present the paper.

Accepted submissions will be published in the WikiSym proceedings and
archived in the ACM Digital Library. Submitted papers should use the ACM
SIG Proceedings Format, see:


Experience reports are an integral part of the conference program. These
reports provides a large group of peers the opportunity to learn from a
project's experience; they explore how concepts that sound good on paper
(and at conferences!) work on real projects. They are a valuable means
of communicating experiences, especially at the "bleeding edge". Many
attendees want to find out what it is like to start a company wiki, use
a wiki in classroom education, or build a political campaign around a
wiki. Experience reports present experience and reflections, together
with supporting evidence for any claims made. And they particularly
include reports that discuss both benefits and drawbacks of the
approaches used. Reports may focus on a particular aspect of technology
usage and practice, or describe broad project experiences. Some reports
focus on people, process or related challenges.


Workshops provide an opportunity for researchers and practitioners to
discuss and learn about topics that require extended engagement such as
new systems, research methods, standards and formats. A workshop should
require participants to engage with each other for at least half a day.
For shorter sessions, please consider WikiSym's open space format. A
workshop proposal should consist of approximately two pages describing
what you intend to do and how your session will meet the criteria
described above. It should include a concise abstract, proposed time
frame (half-day, full-day) and one-paragraph biographies of all people
relevant to the submission. Workshop proposals will be reviewed and
selected for their interest to the community. Each workshop will be
allocated a half-day or a full-day and a room.

== PANELS ==

Panels provide an interactive forum for bringing together people with
interesting points of view to discuss compelling wiki issues. Panels
involve participation from both the panelists and audience members in a
lively discussion. Proposals for panels should consist of approximately
two pages describing what you intend to do and how your session will
meet the criteria described above. It should include a concise abstract
and one-paragraph biographies of all people relevant to the submission.
A panel submission will be reviewed and selected for their interest to
the community. Each panel will be given a 90-minute time slot.


Poster presentations enable researchers to present late-breaking
results, significant work in progress, or work that is best communicated
in conversation. WikiSym's lively poster sessions let conference
attendees exchange ideas one-on-one with authors, and let authors
discuss their work in detail with those attendees most deeply interested
in the topic.

Poster proposals may describe original research, engineering, or
experience reports. Submissions should consist of two page extended
abstract outlining the content of the poster. Successful applicants will
be invited display a poster, 1x2m in size, at a special plenary session
of the Symposium.


Wikis are intended to be used, and no format is better suited for
demonstrating the utility of new wiki research and technology than
showing and using it. If you would like to demonstrate new features or
products, this is the place! Demonstrations give presenters an
opportunity to show running systems and gather feedback. Demo
submissions will be reviewed based on their relevance to the community.
A submission should be one page in length, with a title, and a short
description of the demo.  The description should include what you plan
to demo, what you hope to get out of demoing, and how the audience will
benefit. A short note of any special technical requirements may be included.


WikiFest is a conference session devoted to helping you start and grow a
successful wiki in your organization. Proposals should showcase a wiki
adoption strategy or example, with emphasis on how others can apply your
strategy to their own wiki.

Topics to be covered:

* Tools---Choose the right wiki software for your needs
* Adoption---How to run a pilot, establish a

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