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Session S19 on “Interaction Design for Environmental Information  

within the International Congress on Environmental Modelling and  
Software (4th Biennial Meeting
of the International Environmental Modelling and Software Society,  
iEMSs2008) in collaboration
with the International Symposium on Environmental Software Systems  

= July 6-10, 2008. Campus Nord, Technical University of Catalonia,  
Barcelona, Catalonia =
=========== ( =============

The conference is organized by iEMSs ( International Environmental  
Modelling and Software society).
We address you as a possible contributor to the session on  
“Interaction Design for Environmental
Information Systems” within the main Conference.

Aims and Scope
Sessions are thought as traditional conference sessions proposed and  
organised by one or more
scientists, and focused on a concrete subject. Session participants  
will present their research
work, which should be innovative enough either in the techniques and  
methods developed or in
the application field.

Description of the session & topics of interest
Environmental Informatics (or Enviromatics) is a maturing subject  
with interdisciplinary roots.
The application of information and communication technology (ICT) to  
the environment is emerging
as one of great importance as the health of our planet gains priority  
on research agendas. Modelling
is an important aspect of enviromatics, but it is not the only one.

Ultimately, environmental information must be put into people's hands  
so that they can make decisions.
How best to involve stakeholders, so that they can access the  
information they need and put it to use
in a satisfying manner, remains a topic of inquiry. Underlying the  
larger benefits of enviromatics as
a tool for policy decisions, is the architecture that enables those  
decision making processes.
To maximize the value of the enviromatics infracstructure,  
interaction design must be an integral
part of the architectural plan. How do we best employ metaphor in  
educating users and influencing their
mental models? What are the ethical concerns involved and how can  
they be addressed? This design helps
the user to improve the quality of the information that is produced,  
presented, and used.

Contributions are sought for a special session on human factors in  
enviromatics. We will seek to put
work on interaction design and human computer interaction into the  
specific context of enviromatics,
with the goal of understanding how to draw on and apply existing  
knowledge to enviromatics so that
efforts are focused on refinement and adaptation instead of reinvention.

Instructions for authors
Authors planning a submission should contact session organisers as  
soon as possible to indicate
interest. Please send an e-mail to either Daryl Hepting  
([log in to unmask]) or James
Frysinger ([log in to unmask]) and provide a provisional title if  

Participants should choose to which session they will send their  
work. Afterwards, they should
send first an abstract (up to two pages) by December 31, 2007, for  
acceptance. After being
accepted, they should send their full papers (up to eight pages), by  
February 15, 2008 for a
peer-reviewing process managed by session organisers.

See the format for abstracts and papers in the "Format For  
Contributions" section of the website.

Each abstract will be approved by the session organisers and each  
paper will be reviewed by at
least 2 reviewers.

Submission of session abstracts and papers will be done through the  
Web Conference Management
Tool (WCMT), located in the website.

Session Structure
A formal scheme will be followed in sessions’ presentation: 15-20  
minutes of presentation and
5 minutes for questions. Sessions will be structured in time slots.  
The number of time slots
assigned to a session will depend on the number of accepted session  

Publications arising from the session
All accepted papers in the session will be published in the  
electronic proceedings of the
iEMSs 2008 congress (with ISBN).  A selection of the best papers from  
all the sessions will
be considered to be published, after an extension and additional  
reviewing period, in one
or more special issues of international journals.

Final accepted contributors must register for the iEMSs 2008 Congress  
to be able to attend
the session. Remember that a cheaper rate will apply for  
registrations before
March 31st, 2008.

IMPORTANT DATES for the session
Deadline for session abstract submission:		December 31, 2007
Notification of session abstract acceptance:		January 11, 2008
Deadline for session papers submission:			February 15, 2008
Notification of session papers acceptance:		March 15, 2008
Early conference registration:				March  31, 2008
Final revised camera-ready session papers:		April 30, 2008
Session at iEMSs 2008:					July 7-10, 2008

Session Organising Committee
Daryl H. Hepting, Ph.D., University of Regina (Canada)
Steven P. Frysinger, Ph.D., James Madison University (USA) and HTW  
des Saarlandes (Germany)
Daryl H. Hepting, Ph.D.
Associate Professor  * Computer Science Department * CW 308.22
University of Regina * Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada S4S 0A2
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tel: (306) 585-5210  * fax: (306) 585-4745 * cell: (306) 596-6312

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