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              Proposal Submission Deadline: April 30, 2008

           Tourism Informatics: Visual Travel Recommender Systems, 
               Social Communities and User Interface Design

      A book edited by  Dr. Nalin Sharda, Victoria University, Australia

  Tourism Informatics (or eTourism) is a multi-billion dollar international 
industry; it is also one of the biggest users of web technologies and
adopts innovative ideas to enhance its market penetration. Two innovations that 
have made significant impact are Travel Recommender Systems (TRS), and Social 
Communities developing around tourism web logs (Blog).  Some of the key 
challenges that predicate further research and innovations include information 
visualization and user interface design. Many visualization methodologies 
available today -- including still pictures, animations, videos, virtual 
reality, and augmented reality -- will lead to new ways for tourists to 
visualize and plan their trips. However, good user interface design is
important for maximizing the benefits derived from any tourism information 
system. Much research and development is being undertaken in these areas and 
much more is in the offing.

Aim and Objectives of the Book:
  This book aims to provide the current state of knowledge, research results, 
and innovations in Tourism Informatics, with focus on Visual Travel Recommender 
Systems, Social Communities and the User Interface Design.  The main objectives 
of this book are to provide a cohesive coverage of cutting-edge eTourism
and directions for future research and development in this domain. It will
three important aspects of eTourism systems: technical, business and social. 
Some of the chapters will focus on a particular aspect while others will
the interaction between these three aspects, and their impact on the future 
developments in Tourism Informatics.

Target Audience:
  The target audience of this book will include users, developers, and 
researchers working with Tourism Informatics, i.e. eTourism systems. This book 
may also be used as reference for advanced courses in Tourism Informatics. 

Recommended areas include, but are not limited to, the following:
o Travel Recommender Systems (TRS)
   Technical aspects of TRS
   Business aspects of TRS
   Social aspects of TRS

o Tourism Web logs (Blogs)
   Technical aspects of Tourism Blogs
   Business aspects of Tourism Blogs
   Social aspects of Tourism Blogs

o Visualization Systems
   Technical aspects of  Visualization Systems
   Business aspects of Visualization Systems
   Social aspects of Visualization Systems

o User Interface Design
   Technical issues in User Interface Design
   Business aspects of User Interface Design
   Social aspects of User Interface Design

Submission Procedure:
  Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before April 30, 
2008, a 2-3 page chapter proposal articulating the following. 

  Title: A 5-15 word title clearly conveying the chapter coverage.

  Focus: A brief description of the chapter focus: e.g. Current state of 
knowledge in .../ Research outcomes in .../ Innovative ideas in .../ Technical 
aspects of .../ Business aspects of .../ Social Aspects of .../ etc. 

  Aim: A 2-3 sentence description of what the chapter aims to deliver.

  Knowledge areas: A 3-5 paragraph description of the areas of knowledge the 
chapter will cover and how these will be linked; highlight the main knowledge 
areas as dot points.

  Author(s) address: Title, Department, Institution, Mail address, Phone, Fax, 
Email, and Web page.

  Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by May 31, 2008 about the 
status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are 
expected to be submitted by August 31, 2008. All accepted chapters will be 
reviewed on a double-blind review basis. The book is scheduled to be published 
by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.),, publisher of the 
Information Science Reference (formerly Idea Group Reference) and Medical 
Information Science Reference imprints.

Inquiries and submissions can be forwarded electronically (Word document) 
preferably by email to:

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  Dr. Nalin Sharda                   
  Computer Science, Victoria University
  PO Box 14428, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA 8001	
  Ph: +613 9919 4678, Fax: +613 9919 4050,

Editorial Advisory Board:
  Prof. Borko Furht, Chairman & Professor, Florida Atlantic University, USA.
  Prof. Michael McGrath, Victoria University, Australia.
  Prof. Leo Jago, Director, Centre for Tourism and Services Research, 
    Victoria University, Australia.
  Prof. Margaret Deery, Centre for Tourism and Services Research, 
    Victoria University, Australia.
  Prof. John Zeleznikow, Victoria University, Australia.
  Dr. Suzanne Bergin, Centre for Tourism and Services Research, 
    Victoria University, Australia.
  Dr. Klemens Waldhor, Director, Krems Tourism Research, Austria.
  Dr. Jamie Murphy, The University of Western Australia.
  Dr. Dean Carson, Tourism Research Group, Charles Darwin University, Australia.
  Mr. Paul Baron, Group Manager E-Marketing, Tourism Victoria, Australia.

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      Submit an expression of interest (EoI) by emailing topic / area.