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Subject:SIGDOC95 Call for Papers From:"Susan B. Jones" <sbjones -at- MIT -dot- EDU> Date:Fri, 20 Jan 1995 17:02:23 EST
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ACM 1995 SIGDOC CONFERENCE
A CALL FOR PAPERS
EMERGING FROM CHAOS:
SOLUTIONS FOR THE GROWING COMPLEXITY OF OUR JOBS
October 2 - 4, 1995
Hyatt Regency on the historic Savannah riverfront
SIGDOC 95 is a platform for us, as documentation specialists, to share
the solutions we have implemented to meet the challenges we face in our
jobs. As we grow in experience and expertise, the challenges become more
complex. We are no longer asked to provide one piece of the project but
the complete solution.
* Print or on-line? Now we must deliver information through interactive
software, graphics, hypertext, video, and sound running on multiple
* On-line help? Now we have help systems that mix full-text searches,
performance enhancement, and on-line selective viewing.
Many of these challenges are not solved by one project but by
interdependent projects, involving multiple teams from various
departments to provide the required skills. More collaboration is needed
among documentation, development, and other departments to deliver the
SIGDOC 95 wants to hear
* how you approached these challenges
* what were the factors on which you based your decisions
* what were the constraints (distance, media, technology)
* how the plan was developed, reviewed, and approved
* how you deployed your plan
* what mid-project changes you had to make to the plan
* what results you achieved
The aim of SIGDOC 95 is to showcase real-life solutions we can apply in
Share your experiences and practical solutions with your colleagues in
Savannah. Presentations or tutorials addressing these areas are
ON-LINE INFORMATION: THE SECOND GENERATION
* developing on-line information on one platform and porting to other
* collaborating with your development groups to produce on-line help
systems that provide full-text searches, performance enhancement
systems, on-line selective viewing, and usable GUIs
EXPLOITING ELECTRONIC CONNECTIONS
* using the networks, Internet, or World Wide Web to collaborate,
gather, or disseminate information
* distributing documentation, help systems, and software electronically
* using innovative technologies that "in combination" support
authoring, document management, group work, hypertext design and
mapping, networks and distribution, multimedia, testing, integration
of tool sets
* what do we do to migrate to SGML and once we are there, where do we
* joining the design or development teams to produce solutions
* defining processes and using them to mature and improve an
* measuring and improving quality
* measuring and improving customer satisfaction
* solving organizational issues such as merging with training and
60- to 90-minute in-depth presentations
30-minute presentations of a paper by one or more authors
20- to 30-minute presentations of two or three related papers
discussion involving a moderator and a number of speakers with
* Tutorials half-day or full-day workshops
visual presentations, including text and multimedia demos, of
solutions to documentation/communication problems
Proposals must include:
* PAPERS: A 500- to 1000-word description of the session topic,
outlining the thesis, main points, and implications for the field.
Please include an estimate of the time required for your
presentation. If you need more than 30 minutes, provide an outline
with the time breakdown.
* POSTERS: A 200- to 300-word abstract of your poster topic and, if you
plan to do one, a description of your multimedia demo.
* On a separate page, the name, title, organization, address, and
telephone number of each participant. Please indicate the principal
* The software discussed and demonstrated in your presentation. The
software should also be available for display at the conference.
The Program Committee must receive all proposals by March 1, 1995. We
will let you know by May 1, 1995, whether or not your proposal is
accepted. Accepted papers and abstracts will appear in the proceedings
(CACM). We must receive an electronic, final copy of your paper via
e-mail or on diskette by July 15, 1995.
Chair, Caroline B. Pope, Bell-Northern Research <cpope -at- bnr -dot- ca>
Susan B. Jones, MIT <sbjones -at- mit -dot- edu>
Mary Jane Northrop, University of Michigan <mjn -at- citi -dot- umich -dot- edu
Stephanie Rosenbaum, Tec-Ed Inc. <stephanie -at- teced -dot- com>
Mimi Saffer, SAS Institute <sasmes -at- unx -dot- sas -dot- com>
Ray Siemens, University of British Columbia <siemens -at- unixg -dot- ubc -dot- ca>
Pat Sullivan, Perdue University
TWO CONFERENCES - ONE TRIP!
The week preceding SIGDOC 95 is IPCC 95, the IEEE Professional
Communication Society Conference, September 27-29. Its theme is "Smooth
Sailing to the Future."
For information on IPCC 95, contact Roger Grice, IPCC 95 Program
Manager, Roger Grice Associates, Inc., 52 Doris Lane, Lake Katrine, NY
12449, Tel: (914) 382-2015, E-mail: <r -dot- grice -at- ieee -dot- org>