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Hypertext 2008 ­ The Nineteenth ACM Conference on Hypertext and Hypermedia

*** Linking people and places ***

*** Four Autonomous Track Programs, One Unified Conference ***

June 19th-21st 2008, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

- Workshops proposals due: January 14th 2008
- Technical Paper Stream submission deadline: February 11th 2008
- Posters and Demonstrations submission deadline: March 28th 2008

Call for Papers

In 2007, we celebrated the 20th anniversary  of the ACM Conference on 
Hypertext and Hypermedia series which is the acknowledged venue for 
high quality peer-reviewed research on linking. The web, the semantic 
web and the Web 2.0 are all manifestations of the success of the 
link. The Hypertext Conference provides the forum for research that 
considers links, their semantics, their presentation, the 
applications they have been put to, the knowledge that can be derived 
from their analysis and their affect of society. If information is 
connected, then the connection is called a link, and the Hypertext 
Conference is concerned with all research concerning links.

Recent hypertext conferences have experimented with various 
approaches to reaching a wider community of researchers and 
encouraging them that their work is within the scope of the Hypertext 
Conference, and that their submissions will be reviewed by a program 
committee that are on the leading edge of their topic. To this end, 
this yearıs conference will consist of four independent tracks, each 
with their own track committee, coordinated by an overall Program 

1.	Information Linking and Organization  (Chairs: Paul de Bra 
and Frank Shipman)
2.	Social Linking (Chairs: Filippo Menczer and Ciro Cattuto)
3.	Applications of  Hypertext (Chair: Erik Duval)
4.	Hypertext, Culture, and Communication  (Chair: Mark Bernstein)

Authors are invited to submit papers directly to these tracks. 
However, where authors are unsure of which track to submit to they 
are encouraged to discuss the matter with the Program Chair (Hugh 
Davis, [log in to unmask]).

Information Linking and Organization

Throughout the history of the ACM Hypertext Conference, researchers 
have tried to capture what hypertext really is, either for hypertext 
in general or for specific types of hypertext. The Information 
linking and organization program specifically targets the formal 
study of scholarly, structural, sculptural, spatial, open, dynamic 
and adaptive or any other type of hypertext (or Web-based Information 
System). The aim of this track is to bring researchers together to 
discuss models, architecture, interfaces, properties, or theory in 
general, about hypertext and hypermedia. Topics for consideration 

- Hypertext Models
- Spatial Hypertext
- Information Structuring
- Knowledge Management
- Self-Organized Hypertext
- Personal Information Organization
- Intelligent Hypertext,
- Open Hypertext
- Link Generation
- Adaptive Navigation Support
- Web Engineering

Social Linking

One of the most exciting recent developments in Web science is the 
rise of social annotation, by which users can easily markup other 
authors' resources via collaborative mechanisms such as tagging, 
filtering, voting, editing, classification, and rating. These social 
processes lead to the emergence of many types of links between texts, 
users, concepts, pages, articles, media, and so on. We welcome 
submissions on design, analysis, and modeling of information systems 
driven by social linking. Topics of interest include:
- Design of collaborative annotation mechanisms
- Critical mass and incentives of social participation (e.g. games)
- User interfaces for collaborative annotation
- Applications to search, retrieval, recommendation, and navigation
- Explicit vs. inferred social links (e.g. mining query logs)
- Integration with content-based systems  (e.g. linking in blogs)
- Socially induced measures of similarity, relatedness, or distance
- Co-evolution of social, information, and semantic networks
- Analysis of structure and dynamics of social information networks
- Behavioral patterns of social linking
- Linguistic analysis of social annotation spaces
- Formal and generative models of social annotation
- Unstructured vs. structured social knowledge representations
- Implementation and scalability of social link representations
- Automatic and user-based evaluation
- Robustness against spam and other forms of social abuse
- Mapping and Visualization of social spaces and networks

Applications of Hypertext

The applications track focuses on how hypertext approaches and 
technologies can be applied in diverse domains, including, but not 
restricted to:
- technology enhanced learning
- cultural heritage
- personal information management
- music information retrieval
- performance support systems
- commerce sites
- geo-spatial information systems
- medical and health systems
Proposals can focus more on the technological approaches or on the 
added value that the hypertext application provides. User and 
evaluation studies are welcome in this track.

Hypertext, Culture, and Communication

What remains to be learned about the craft of hypertext?  Hypertext
'08 seeks contributions - either as conventional papers or as 
hypertexts - that explore, examine, and reflect upon the creation of 
literary machines ranging from literary fiction to creative 
nonfiction and scholarly argumentation. Suggested topics include, but 
are not limited to:

- Hypertext literature
- Theory and practice of expression in wikis, weblogs, and social spaces
- Hypertext editing, criticism, and instruction
- Personal journals, weblogs, and social media
- Preservation, archives, and personal media collections
- Net art, literary hypertext, interactive fiction, and games

The Program and Critical Dates

The Program Committee for Hypertext 2008 are now inviting submissions 
of original and previously unpublished research.

All submissions should be formatted according to the official ACM SIG 
proceedings template 
( Accepted papers 
will appear in the formal Conference Proceedings, published by ACM. 
All material will be available through the ACM Digital Library.

Technical Paper Stream

February 11th 2008 submission deadline
March 21st 2008 authors informed of results of reviewing
April 4th 2008 final Papers to ACM

Full Papers:
Full technical papers (10 pages) should present significant 
scientific advances that are at a mature stage of development. We are 
looking for full papers that present relevant contributions to 
research, development, and practice in the area of hypertext and 
hypermedia. We are also interested in survey papers which present an 
authoritative and original perspective on an area of interest.

Short Papers:
Short papers (5 pages) should present interesting recent results or 
novel thought-provoking ideas that are not quite ready for a regular 
full-length paper, or where the research has limited scope or the 
results have lesser significance.

Posters and Demonstrations

March 28th 2008 submission deadline
April 9th 2008 committee decisions to authors
April 16th 2008 final copy to ACM

Poster presentations and demonstrations (2 pages in the proceedings) 
are solicited, which present new ideas, generate interest in a 
research area, or describe or demonstrate useful or interesting work 
that is not substantial enough for a technical paper presentation.


January 14th 2008 workshop proposals due
February 1st 2008 results of review

Hypertext 2008 invites submissions of a small number of high quality 
pre-conference workshops (one day or half day), which allow 
participants to discuss leading edge and emerging research themes in 
a greater depth than is possible within the main program.

The organization of the workshop will be the responsibility of the 
organizers. The submissions should be in the format of the Call for 
Papers for workshop and should contain:
- The title of the workshop
- A description of the workshop motivations and topic area. (This can 
be 1 -2 pages and will appear in the proceedings)
- A short description of the intended length and format of the workshop
- The names and e-mail addresses of the workshop chairs
- A list of proposed program committee members
- The address of the workshop website, and details of any other 
proposed publication medium
- Tentative dates for submission and notification of acceptance. 
(Final details of the workshop program and accepted papers need to be 
on the website by May 10th 2008, and we request the workshops will 
set their paper submission deadline sometime after March 21st so that 
it follows the main program cycle.

Hyperdrama Festival (Organizer Mark Bernstein)

Scripts and proposals are sought for the First International 
Hyperdrama Festival, a collection of staged readings and performances 
of interactive and interlinked dramatic art in conjunction with 
Hypertext '08.  Scripts and proposals will be judged for dramatic 
merit, hypertextual interest, and produceability; minimal sets and 
costumes are encouraged.


General Chair: Peter Brusilovsky, University of Pittsburgh
Program  Chair: Hugh Davis, University of Southampton, UK
LOC Chair: Stephen Hirtle,  University of Pittsburgh, USA
Treasurer: Rosta Farzan, University of Pittsburgh, USA

Program Track Chairs

Information Linking and Organization
Paul de Bra, Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands
Frank  Shipman, Texas A&M University, USA

Social Linking
Filippo Menczer, Indiana University, USA
Ciro Cattuto, ISI foundation, Italy

Applications of  Hypertext
Erik Duval, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium

Hypertext, Culture, and Communication
Mark Bernstein, Eastgate Systems, Inc., USA

Workshop Chair: David  Millard, University of Southampton, UK
Hyperdrama Festival: Mark Bernstein, Eastgate Systems, Inc., USA


ACM Hypertext 2008 will take place in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 
ranked #1 Most  Livable City in America. It is co-located and 
scheduled directly after ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital 
Libraries ( The two conferences will meet 
again in Pittsburgh, 10 years years after ACM Hypertext 1998 and ACM 
Digital Libraries 1998 were last co-located there. In 2008, both 
conferences are being hosted by the School of Information Sciences at 
the  University of Pittsburgh (  The 
Pittsburgh area is home to more than 25 colleges and universities, 
resulting in a vibrant and diverse community  of learners and 
teachers.  The region welcomes more than 10 million  visitors each 
year, who enjoy amenities and cultural attractions including  the 
world-class Carnegie Museums, the outstanding Pittsburgh Symphony 
Orchestra and the decades-long tradition of major league sports!  
Pittsburgh  is centrally located, being within 90 minutes flying time 
of the countryıs  major metropolitan areas.  While being challenged 
by the presentations  at Hypertext 2008, donıt miss an opportunity to 
sample the museums,  the performing arts organizations and the cityıs 
charming and diverse  neighborhoods. 

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