ELVIRA4 Call for Submissions

Subject: ELVIRA4 Call for Submissions
From: Clare Davies (CDAVIES@dmu.ac.uk)
Date: ma 04 marras 1996 - 15:09:58 EET

For anyone who hasn't heard, the submissions deadline is
for the 1997 ELVIRA conference, the 4th annual UK-based
conference on electronic libraries and image retrieval. The
organisers are particularly keen to have strong participation from
European digital library related projects. This year submissions for
workshops, panel discussions, tutorials and other types of session
are being encouraged, as well as abstracts for traditional paper and
poster submissions.

There is an online submissions form, and the Call for Proposals is
also on the Web. Alternatively, the Call is reproduced below, and
submissions are also acceptable by email to ELVIRA@dmu.ac.uk ,
which enquiries about the conference can also be sent. The URL for
the Web pages is:

Deadline for all submission types is NOVEMBER 15th 1996
(NB for would-be authors: you DON'T have to write full papers by
then, just 1000-word extended abstracts).

See also the article about ELVIRA in Ariadne Issue 5:

      ELVIRA 4 : The 4th UK Digital Libraries Conference
     (Electronic Library and Visual Information Research)
               Milton Keynes, 6-8 May 1997

The ELVIRA series of electronic library conferences has reached its
4th year. It is now well established as a key European forum for
developments and research in the rapidly expanding field of
electronic resources. This year's conference promises to build on
the solid foundations already established. It will also be the most
exciting yet, with the addition of parallel sessions, specialist
workshops, a full social programme and other exciting features.

The conference is hosted by De Montfort University's International
Institute for Electronic Library Research, and will again be set in
the attractive green parkland of Britain's newest city, Milton
Keynes. Details of the venue and accommodation, and extensive
information, will be made available nearer the conference date.

This year the conference aims to provide a varied and flexible
programme, to allow different specialist areas to present their work
in the way their practitioners find most appropriate. Proposals are
currently sought for workshops, panel discussions, exhibits and
presentation sessions on specific areas, as well as abstracts of
traditional papers. Paper abstracts and poster submissions will be
peer-reviewed; acceptance of other types of submission will be
contingent on available time and relevance to the conference themes.

Based on feedback from previous conferences, and on current
trends in
the field, topics which are particularly sought for this year's
conference include:

Content of digital resources
Social and psychological issues, and related research studies
Management issues
User interface and general system design
Economic aspects and copyright
Storage and retrieval of images and other non-text materials

However, any submissions related to electronic library developments
and research will also be very welcome.


5 pm (UK time) on FRIDAY 15th NOVEMBER 1996.


Extended 1000-word abstracts should be submitted to the address
below (electronically if possible), to arrive by the above closing
date. Authors will be notified of acceptance by the end of January
1997, and will be required to produce fuller papers (approx. 3000
words) by Friday 14th March. These will be made available at the
conference; the extended abstracts will be made available online.
Selected authors may be invited to revise and extend their papers
after the conference, for publication in a journal special issue or
hard-copy book.


Researchers and practitioners in academia and industry are invited
to submit proposals for themed sessions in any format. Where a
special-interest group or well-defined community already exists in a
topic, they may wish to organise sessions involving a set of related
presentations, or to hold panel discussions or workshops. Proposals
for whole sessions of these types should be submitted to the address
below (electronically if possible). For workshops or panel
discussions, a 1000-word description is required. For sessions
consisting of a set of presentations, a 500-word description of the
session should be submitted, accompanied by a 500-word abstract
each intended presentation. All submissions must arrive by the above
closing date. Proposers will be notified of acceptance by
1997. Abstracts and descriptions will be made available online, and
it will be the responsibility of session organisers to supply updated
information if session plans alter.


Poster displays of research in progress are invited for any work
where a full paper may not be deemed appropriate. In addition,
demonstrations and exhibits are invited both from industry and from
academic institutions (commercial exhibitors will be charged for
exhibition space and use of facilities). For academic proposers in
either category, 500-word abstracts or descriptions of the proposed
item must be submitted to the address below (electronically if
possible), to arrive by the above closing date. These will be
peer-reviewed as for papers, and authors will be notified of
acceptance by the end of January. Abstracts will be made available
online. Commercial exhibitors and demonstrators should contact the
conference organisers directly at the address below.


All proposers in any of the above categories must provide affiliation
details of all named authors or participants, and full contact
details (including e-mail addresses where possible) of the main
person for contact. In addition, all proposers in any category must
specify their probable requirements for presentation facilities such
as Internet connections, overhead projection (with or without direct
connection to a computer), slide projection, space, exhibition boards
and any other specific needs. All proposers will be expected to
provide their own computing equipment and exhibit materials where
relevant; any proposers for whom this will be difficult should make
this clear in their submission.

It will speed the organisation and review processes considerably if
submissions are sent electronically, rather than on paper or
diskette. This can be done by e-mail to the address below, or via
the World-Wide Web submission form (URL below).

If diskette submissions are absolutely necessary, the diskette must
be clearly marked with the submission category, the name of the
contact person, and the title. Diskettes should also be accompanied
by a letter specifying their contents and format; PC and Macintosh
diskettes will both be acceptable, but files must be in Microsoft
Word, RTF, HTML or ASCII formats.

If paper submissions are absolutely necessary, 5 copies of the
submission must be sent. Typing should be clear, at least 12-point in
size, and double-spaced. Submissions will not be accepted by fax.


E-mail to: elvira@dmu.ac.uk
World-Wide Web site: http://iielr.dmu.ac.uk/ELVIRA/ELVIRA4/

Air or surface mail:
ELVIRA 4 Organising Committee
International Institute for Electronic Library Research
De Montfort University
Hammerwood Gate, Kents Hill
Milton Keynes MK7 6HP

ELVIRA3 programme and abstracts can still be accessed online at:

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