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April 25, 2003 is the deadline to apply for the 2004 IFLA/OCLC Early Career Development Fellowship Program, co-sponsored by IFLA and OCLC Online Computer Library Center. This program provides early career development and continuing education for library and information science professionals from countries with developing economies.
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Call for Papers: 

International Workshop on Web-based Collaboratories 

International Workshop on Web-based Collaboratories - from Centres without 
Walls to Virtual Community Centres 
To be held 8 November 2003, Algarve, Portugal 

In connection with the IADIS International Conference WWW/Internet 2003, 
from 5 to 8 November 2003 

Call for Papers 

Collaboratories have been defined as 'centres without walls', where scientists can work together while they are in distant locations. The original vision of collaboratories saw cooperation amongst distributed scientists as coordination of work and sharing of knowledge, through shared affordances for collaboration, in the shape of shared tools, databases and instruments. During the past decade, national and international research foundations have funded a series of science collaboratory projects. The results from these projects have shown that it is feasible to link teams of scientists, data, tools and facilities through the World Wide Web and thereby reduce the barriers of time and distance. Recent research on science collaboratories indicates, however, that design and adoption of new collaboratories are difficult and uncertain processes. This difficulty has been ascribed to the lack of broader principles for collaboratory development. So far, each collaboratory has been built as an independent effort, with little coordination and exchange of design and usability experience amongst projects on collaboratories. 

Recently, collaboratories have also been defined as 'virtual community centres' on the web. This concept of collaboratories broadens the previous metaphor of a distributed science laboratory towards the notion of collaboratories in use. 'Collaboratories in use' support interactive knowledge production and integration amongst participants with initially diverse disciplinary or cultural backgrounds. Examples are collaboratories in rural telemedicine, cross-national film research and design of information systems (design collaboratories). Such collaboratories bring together professionals and laypersons in interactive and often cross-disciplinary knowledge production and integration. Thereby, research and design attention is directed to how participants in collaboratories form social relationships with one another, how they build mutual trust and how they build common conceptual grounds for their collaboration. Amongst the challenges facing such collaboratories is that the requirements for common technological and conceptual tools evolve throughout the use of the collaboratory itself. This may mean that technologies and conceptual tools may be developed and integrated in the collaboratory as add-on facilities, which may result in substantial maintenance problems. On the other hand, design of collaboratories in use may build on analysis and evaluation of the growing collaborative practices, for instance of ongoing social processes of community building and evolving uses of shared technologies and conceptual tools. This, in turn, may open up to new methodological approaches for design of collaboratories. 

The objectives of this workshop is to direct cross-disciplinary attention to research and development on web-based collaboratories, that is, to collect and examine empirical evidence of existing research collaboratories on the web, to share design methods and technological developments for collaboratories, as well as to address fundamental research issues. The aim is build up a cross-disciplinary network of professionals working with research, design and evaluation of web-based collaboratories. 

Papers, short papers and posters/demonstrations from academics, practitioners and researchers, addressing web-based collaboratories from any of the following interrelated perspectives are invited: 

* Analysis of distributed collaborative work and community-building, e.g., how collaborative and individual work practices evolve in a collaboratory, how common workspaces for cross-cultural or cross-disciplinary collaboration develop, and how the participants negotiate and build mutual trust. 

* Modelling and design, e.g., experience of particular methodological frameworks for design and evaluation of collaboratories and their advantages and disadvantages, how theory of social informatics may inspire the development of conceptual frameworks for design and evaluation of 
collaboratories, and how to evaluate the usability of a collaboratory. 

* Conceptual tools, e.g., development of common conceptual grounds through shared ontologies, classification schemes and taxonomies, the problem of resolution of conflict and translation of interests amongst participants using joint conceptual tools, analysis of iterative and interactive joint construction of conceptual tools, i.e. collaborative classification, and presentation of shared conceptual tools in web-based collaboratories. 

* Technologies, e.g. integration and evaluation of shared artifacts and resources like instruments and data, annotation toolkit, eg. for web logs, video-conferencing and document indexing, and toolkit for creating and maintaining technical infrastructures in collaboratories. 

The proposals should reflect the theme of the workshop and each should indicate into which of the above categories it falls. The workshop will be composed of the following kinds of contributions: 

Full Papers - These include mainly accomplished research results and have 8 pages at the maximum (5,000 words). 
Short Papers - These are mostly composed of work in progress reports or 
fresh developments and have 4 pages at maximum (2,500 words). 
Posters/demonstrations - These have one page at the maximum (625 words) 
besides the poster itself (or demonstration) that will be exposed at the 

Papers and posters should be submitted as an e-mail attachment in Word or 
RTF format to Hanne Albrechtsen, Workshop Chair, by 10 May 2003 (see contact 
information below). 

An international program committee will review the proposals, and authors will be notified of decisions by 16 June 2003. The deadline for submission of papers to the printed workshop proceedings will be 27 June 2003. 

Important dates: 

Submission Deadline - 10 May 2003 
Notification to Authors - 16 June 2003 
Final Camera-Ready Submission and Early Registration - Until 27 June 2003 
Late Registration - After 27 June 2003 

Contact information: 
Hanne Albrechtsen, Workshop Chair 
Centre for Cognitive Systems Engineering 
Department of Systems Analysis 
Risoe National Laboratory 
DK-4000 Roskilde Denmark 

New list server on Collection Management

Mrs. Mrs Gurdish Sandhu of University of Salford has started a new list server for collection management. To join the list please go to 

For the users of DIGITAL INFORMATION NEWS, the full text of the Journal of Digital Information Management(ISSN 0972-7272) the online version is available for free access (for limited period only).

10th International Workshop on 

Hamburg (Germany), September 15-18, 2003 

With a focus on: 
Knowledge Representation and Databases 
for the Semantic Web 

In conjunction with: 
KI 2003 (26th German Conference on Artificial Intelligence)

Third Workshop on Operational Text Classification (OTC-03) 
August 27, 2003 

Washington, DC (co-located with KDD 2003 Conference) 

ACM-MMDB 2003 Call for Papers 

The First ACM International Workshop on Multimedia Databases 
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA 
November 7, 2003


Part of the Digital Documents Track at the Thirty-seventh Annual HAWAI'I INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON SYSTEM SCIENCES on the Big Island of Hawaii January 5 - 8, 2004 

Additional detail on the web site:

Workshop on Semantic Integration 
at ISWC'2003 

Monday, October 20, 2003 
Sundial Resort, Sanibel Island, Florida, USA.

FLINS 2004 Call for Papers 

6th International FLINS Conference 
on Applied Computational Intelligence 

September 1-3, 2004 
Blankenberge, Belgium

1st European Web Mining Forum 

Workshop at ECML/PKDD-2003, 
22 September 2003, Cavtat-Dubrovnik, Croatia

Important Dates 
Deadline for paper submission: June 13, 2003 
Notification of acceptance: July 4, 2003 
Deadline for final contributions July 11, 2003

ACM Sixth International Workshop on Data Warehousing and OLAP 
- DOLAP 2003 - 

November 7, 2003, New Orleans, LA, USA 
(in conjunction with ACM CIKM 2003) 

Sponsored by ACM, SIGIR, SIGMIS
Call for Papers Mini-track on Genres of Digital Documents 

Part of the Digital Documents Track of the 
Hawai'i International Conference on System Science 
5-8 January 2004, Hilton Waikoloa Village, 
Big Island of Hawaii, USA

The San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) has an opening in spatial information management/GIS. 

SDSC is engaged in several large collaborative projects aimed at developing information integration infrastructure 
for various science disciplines, including geology, ecology, neuroscience, oceanography. All of these projects require managing a suite of software products for spatial data analysis and data integration, organizing and grid-enabling our growing collection of heterogeneous spatial data, developing and customizing online mapping applications, and desktop GIS programming. We are looking for a person who can manage all technical aspects of the development and coordination of spatial data infrastructure and spatial analysis software at SDSC ( and our collaborators. 

For detailed job description, qualifications, and information on how to apply, please see:

To ensure maximal consideration please apply by April 28th, 2003. 

Ilya Zaslavsky 
Spatial Information Systems Lab Director, Data & Knowledge Systems, SDSC 
University of California, San Diego 
ph. 858-534-8342
Intel corporation is interviewing for positions in the Automation department within our leading edge semiconductor process technology development fab in Portland, Oregon. Duties will include research and development of next-generation automation systems in the areas of flexible manufacturing systems, experiment management, process control, database applications, data analysis, equipment controller development, distributed system architecture, and automated material handling systems. The individual will be expected to learn the scientific and business models used within the Intel process technology development environment and use this understanding to define, design, and develop systems that track material, control processing, and analyze data critical to the success of the technology development process. Activities will span the full software lifecycle - vision and requirements analysis, architecture definition, project planning, software design and development, testing, implementation, support and continuous improvement. 

Applicants must be a recent graduate with an MS or PhD in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Software Engineering, or Electrical Engineering, with a technical background in areas related to this position. They should have demonstrated experience with some of the following: distributed systems architecture (client/server, component development, networks), database design and implementation, user interface development, object-oriented analysis and design, engineering data analysis, and software engineering. High attention to detail, good communications skills, and the demonstrated ability to plan and execute projects are critical. The successful applicant must also have excellent communication skills, be a team player, be willing to learn & pay attention to details, and be creative, while adhering to a rigorous product development process. 

Interested parties should send mail to

Anniversary XXX-th Conference on Current Trends 
in Theory and Practice of Informatics 

January 24 - 30, 2004, Hotel VZ MERIN, Czech Republic

(Paper submission deadline: August 25, 2003)
This is just a quick reminder that the deadline for the 10th Intl. Symp. 
on String Processing and Information Retrieval (SPIRE'2003) is coming up 
soon (Apr 21 for abstracts and Apr 28 for papers). The submission site 
is up and running at:

SPIRE'2003 will be held in Manaus, Brazil, the gateway to the Amazon 
Forest, between October 8-10. For further information, e.g., submission 
details, co-located events and program committee, please refer to:
Mario Nascimento 
PC Chair SPIRE'03

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