Who is going to the SIGDOC conference?

Subject: Who is going to the SIGDOC conference?
From: lpraderio <lpraderi -at- CLIFF -dot- WHOI -dot- EDU>
Date: Mon, 3 May 1993 10:01:37 EDT


A few weeks ago I posted some information on a conference in October for SIGDOC
(the Special Interest Group for ACM).

Is anyone from this list planning on going?

Laura Praderio
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
lpraderio -at- whoi -dot- edu


Getting In Touch--Staying In Touch:
Moving Online and Multimedia Systems Into The Workplace

The 11th Annual International Conference

October 5 to 8, 1993 at The Valhalla Inn, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

Sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery, SPECIAL INTEREST

SIGDOC, with the University of Waterloo, and in co-operation with the STC and
the IEEE announces its Call for Exhibits for the Solution Sessions.

Solution Sessions

This is a new, informal session in which 40 presenters will share their
practical solutions to common problems in technical communication. The session
is fashioned on the idea of a scientific poster session but expanded to include
all types of media for the exhibits.

Presenters have the information set up so that the attendees can independently
view the problem and solution, possibly watch a short demonstration, and then
discuss the issues informally with the presenter. Attendees can walk around
the large room or open area to view the different exhibits at their leisure.


The SIGDOC'93 Conference Committee feels that multimedia tools have
made technical strides sufficient to warrant a major overview this year.
Because it includes graphics, video-imaging, sound, animation and
hyperlinks, it has important uses for our field. We are adding the areas of
Sound & Sight, electronic networking for writers and designers to enable the
exchange of information and tools and innovations in quality/efficiency
assessment to last year's themes.

Online capabilities constitute a new development for SIGDOC. We are
attempting to use online and e-mail facilities to make the conference
procedure more efficient and informative. We'd appreciate you
using e-mail for your abstracts, registration and for electronic
contacts around the conference itself. We hope you find the online
structure an efficient way to gain information, to send us your materials
and to maintain contact with SIGDOC.

You are invited to submit a proposal to present one of the 40
Solution Sessions exhibits under the following themes:

* Multimedia projects for on-site and remote training.

* The optimized network: patterns of materials, media and delivery
across a variety of communications systems and links.

* Planning and design: matching document types with multimedia

* Tools: automated testing and information building.

* Optimization: hardware/software strategies and solutions;
affordability issues; effective distribution designs.

* Quality, usability and testing applied to efficient design techniques.

* Getting in touch: networks, tools and techniques to support online
help and information structures for technical writers.

* Sight and Sound: innovations in computer techniques to enhance
design, expression and learning.

We encourage a broad interpretation of these themes and will reply to
queries about the appropriateness and relevance of a particular topic by
e-mail to> lpraderio -at- whoi -dot- edu


Solution Sessions proposals must include:

* A 500- to 1000-word description of the session topic, outlining the problem,

solution, results for your workplace, and implications for the field.

* The name, title, organization, address and telephone number of each
participant in the presentation. Please indicate which participant is
the principal contact.

* A brief statement of how this abstract fits one or more topics.

* Software discussed in exhibits should be available for display
at the conference.

Please send your proposal to:

c/o Laura Praderio
Solution Sessions Chairperson
Clark 154
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Woods Hole, MA 02543

Telephone: (508)457-2000, x3290
FAX: (508)457-2174
Internet e-mail address: lpraderio -at- whoi -dot- edu

All proposals must be received by May 7, 1993. You will be
notified if your proposal is accepted by May 20, 1993. All accepted
exhibits will be published in the conference proceedings (copyright
ACM). To be included in the proceedings, camera-ready copy must be
received by July 12th, 1993.

Please ddress questions to:
Laura Praderio, Solution Sessions Chairperson (lpraderio -at- whoi -dot- edu). We also
have some background information on how to prepare certain types of exhibits
such as posters.

Exhibit Format

Deadline for Solution Sessions Entries is May 7, 1993.

* Showing the practical applications and effect of the solution in your
workplace will enhance the exhibit.

* Exhibit presentations will be in a large room or similar open area where
attendees can walk from exhibit to exhibit to discuss issues with the
presenter. Typically the audience is small, one or a handful of people reading
or watching your exhibit.

* In cooperation with the presenters, SIGDOC can set up the area to suit the
presenter's medium: poster, video, computer, overheads, display boards. The
exhibit area is limited to about 10 x 15 feet.

* Exhibits should be set up so that people can independently review your
information, e.g, read about the problem and solution, and then you can
briefly demonstrate the information in five minutes.

* Presenters should be available to set up and explain their information for
one or two, two-hour sessions.

We look forward to receiving your abstracts and to having you participate
in the conference.

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