Call for Demos for CSCW 2008 (the ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work)
* July 18, 2008, 5PM PST: Submissions due (extended abstract + demo system summary)
* August 22, 2008: Notification of acceptance
* September 26, 2008, 5PM PST: Camera-ready abstract due
CSCW 2008 demonstrations present implementations of new CSCW systems and concepts. The peer-reviewed demonstrations allow conference participants to view novel and noteworthy CSCW systems in action, discuss the systems with those who created them, and try them out. Appropriate demonstrations include applications, technologies, and research prototypes. Demonstrations can also serve to showcase novel commercial products not previously described in the research literature. Demonstrations should be interactive and provide attendees a hands-on experience. The demo forum is not an opportunity for marketing or sales presentations. Presenters must have been directly involved with the development of the system and be able to explain the unique and novel contributions of the system. There are different types of demos: reception demos and integrated demos.
Reception Demos will be shown during a special demo reception. These demonstrations will be spaced around a large room, and will run concurrently during the block of time set aside for demonstrations. Attendees will be free to explore the room and visit demos of interest. This promotes informal interaction and in-depth information exchange among demo presenters and attendees. A demo presentation should be brief so that it can be shown repeatedly to many attendees.
Integrated Demos are new to CSCW 2008. These are demos that will run throughout the conference, and which in some way might enhance the conference experience for attendees. Examples of systems appropriate for presentation as an integrated demo might be systems that enable social networking, or systems that enable reflection on conference presentations. Because integrated demos will run throughout the conference, such demos must meet high standards of robustness. Although preparing, deploying, and supporting an integrated demo will require a large commitment of time and effort, it will also provide the presenter with a unique opportunity to gather data about the use of their CSCW system in a structured environment with a diverse user population. If you intend to gather data about the use of your integrated demo, you are responsible for obtaining the approval of any Institutional Review Board (IRB) and/or Human Subjects' panels at your home institution, and will need to provide any required permission/disclosure forms for attendees to sign. Regardless of whether or not your institution has an IRB, you must read the ACM's Code of Ethics<http://www.acm.org/about/code-of-ethics> and be sure your data collection adheres to those guidelines.
Demonstration submission consists of two required components, both due on July 18, 2008, at 5 p.m. Pacific Time: (1) a two-page extended abstract, and (2) a two-page demo system summary.
* (1) The extended abstract is a two page description of the project goal or research problem, contribution, and value to CSCW attendees. The extended abstract details the kind(s) of cooperative work the demonstration is intended to support, the noteworthy and distinguishing ideas or approaches it embodies, and a brief description of the system that will actually be demoed. The extended abstract should be formatted according to the ACM SIG Proceedings Template and submitted in PDF format. The extended abstracts will be published in a booklet that will be circulated to attendees at the conference; they will not, however, be incorporated into the main CSCW 2008 conference proceedings.
* (2) The demo system summary is a two page description of the demo and the required setup. It provides information about the presenter(s), including their relationship to the project. It also provides a detailed description of needed space, equipment support, Internet connectivity, and any other related requirements. This document should clearly state whether the demo is intended as a reception or integrated demo. If the demo is being submitted as an integrated demo, please also describe in detail the logistics of how the conference attendees will get access to and interact with the system throughout the conference, and what added value attendees will receive from this special style of presentation. If you plan to gather data about attendees interactions with the system, please describe what data you plan to gather, and an example of the release form that you would ask attendees to sign. If the demo is accepted, proof of final IRB approval must be submitted by October 15th (if your home institution has an IRB). CSCW can provide a "letter of cooperation" to assist with your IRB application, if needed. If your institution does not require IRB approval, a letter stating so from the demo presenters must be submitted instead.
Optionally, the demo submission can be supported by a short Video Figure. The video should be at most two minutes long and 30 MB in size. See the Videos CFP for more information.
Demo submissions (extended abstracts, system summaries, and optional videos) should be e-mailed to the Demonstrations Co-Chairs at [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>. All submissions must be received by 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time on Thursday, July 18th, 2008. Submissions received after this date will not be considered. All submissions will be acknowledged by e-mail.
Please direct all questions regarding the demo submissions to [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>.
Looking forward to seeing you in San Diego!
Merrie and Mark
Meredith Ringel Morris, Microsoft Research, USA
Mark W. Newman, University of Michigan School of Information, USA
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