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Fri, 8 Feb 2008 17:02:50 -0500
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Dear colleagues,

The recent extensions of Adaptive Hypermedia 2008 and JCDL 2008 
submission deadlines caused many extension requests from Hypertext 
2008 authors. Please, find below the final CFP, which announces 4-day 
extension. The new deadline for full and short papers is February 
15th, 2008. None of the other deadlines are changed.

Peter Brusilovsky
Chair, Hypertext 2008

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

- Technical Paper Stream submission deadline: February 15th 2008 
(Extended from February 11th)
- Posters and Demonstrations submission deadline: March 28th 2008

- Hypertext 2008 Workshops: June 19th 2008
- Hypertext 2008 Conference June 20th-21st 2008

Co-located with ACM/IEEE JCDL 2008, Pittsburgh, PA, USA:
- JCDL 2008 Conference June 16th-19th 2008
- JCDL 2008 Workshops June 20th 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 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 effect on society. If information is 
connected,  then the connection is called a link: 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

Technical Paper Stream

February 15th 2008 submission deadline (Extended from February 11th)
March 21st 2008 authors informed of results of reviewing
April 4th 2008 final Papers to ACM

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 (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.

Hyperdrama Festival (Organizer Mark Bernstein)

February 15th 2008 submission deadline

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.


All submissions must be written in English, which is the official 
language  of the conference. Full papers must be no longer than 10 
pages, Short papers no longer than  5 pages, and Posters/Demos no 
longer than 2  pages overall, including title, references, figures, 
diagrams, appendices, etc. All submissions  should be formatted 
according to the official ACM SIG proceedings template 
( and must be 
submitted as PDF documents. It is the responsibility of all  authors 
to produce PDF documents that can be read and printed on any 
platform. The program committee reserves the right to  reject 
incorrectly  formatted submissions without reviewing.
Technical papers (Full and Short), posters, and demos for  Hypertext 
2008  must be submitted via EasyChair  submission management system 
(  Hyperdrama 
Festival submissions should be sent directly to the organizer, Mark 

Accepted refereed papers will appear in the conference proceedings 
published  by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), and will 
also be accessible  to the general public via ACM  Digital Library. 
Authors of accepted papers will be required to release copyright to 
the ACM.


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
Workshop Chair: David Millard, University of Southampton, UK

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

Hyperdrama Festival: Mark Bernstein, Eastgate Systems, Inc., USA


The conference will take place June 19-21, 2008, in Pittsburgh, 
Pennsylvania,  and is being hosted by the School of Information 
Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh.  Following our theme of 
"linking people and places," it is of interest to note that  in 1998, 
the ACM Hypertext and Digital Libraries  conferences were co-located 
in Pittsburgh, PA.  This  was extremely appropriate as the Hypertext 
Conference examines one of  the core technologies that supports the 
development and management of  digital libraries. Soon after 1998, 
the Digital Libraries Conference evolved into the Joint Conference on 
Digital Libraries (JCDL), a stand-alone  event.  It's  only fitting 
that a conference celebrating links is again  linked to JCDL in 
Pittsburgh ten years later. 

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. 

The conference hotel, the Omni  William Penn Hotel,  is an ultimate 
luxury hotel in downtown Pittsburgh. Conference sessions,  workshops 
and tutorials will take place at the hotel.

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