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Tom Erickson <[log in to unmask]>
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                         CALL FOR PAPERS
                    on the Big Island of Hawaii,  January 5 - 8, 2004

Note: Deadline for abstract submission extended to Monday, March 31st.

                       *** AT-A-GLANCE ***

TOPIC AREA: Conversation via digital media, such as email, chat,
IM, texting, blogs, web boards, mailing lists, 3-D VR, multimedia
computer mediated communication, etc. The focus of work may range
from the analysis of structural characteristics of conversation such
as turn-taking and threading, to the use of digital conversation
in domains such as distance learning, knowledge management, and
workplace collaboration.

WHO: Researchers and designers from fields such as
anthropology, computer-mediated communication, HCI, interaction
design, linguistics, psychology, rhetoric, sociology, and so forth.

- Thomas Erickson, IBM T. J. Watson Research Center
- Susan Herring, School of Library and Information Science, Indiana University

- Abstract submission - Monday, March 31, 2003
- Abstract feedback - by Monday, April 14, 2003
- Paper submission - Sunday, June 1, 2003
- Accept/Reject notice - Sunday, August 31, 2003
- Final papers due - Wednesday, October 1, 2003

- about the minitrack, contact: [log in to unmask], [log in to unmask]
- about previous years' papers and participants, see:
- this CFP:
- about the HICSS conference, see:

                       *** DETAILS ***

This interdisciplinary minitrack and workshop brings
designers and researchers together to explore persistent
conversation, the transposition of ordinarily ephemeral conversation
into the potentially persistent digital medium. The phenomena of
interest include human-to-human interactions carried out using chat,
instant messaging, text messaging, email, mailing lists, news groups,
bulletin board systems, textual and graphic MUDs, structured
conversation systems, document annotation systems, etc.
Computer-mediated conversations blend characteristics of oral
conversation with those of written text: they may be synchronous or
asynchronous; their audience may be small or vast; they may be highly
structured or almost amorphous; etc. The persistence of such
conversations gives them the potential to be searched, browsed,
replayed, annotated, visualized, restructured, and recontextualized,
thus opening the door to a variety of new uses and practices.

The particular aim of the minitrack and workshop is to bring
together researchers who analyze existing computer-mediated
conversational practices and sites, with designers who propose,
implement, or deploy new types of conversational systems. By
bringing together participants from such diverse areas as
anthropology, computer-mediated communication, HCI, interaction
design, linguistics, psychology, rhetoric, sociology, and the like,
we hope that the work of each may inform the others, suggesting
new questions, methods, perspectives, and design approaches.

We are seeking papers that address one or both of the following two
general areas:

* Understanding Practice. The burgeoning popularity of the internet
(and intranets) provides an opportunity to study and characterize new
forms of conversational practice. Questions of interest range from
how various features of conversations (e.g., turn-taking, topic
organization, expression of paralinguistic information) have adapted
in response to the digital medium, to new roles played by persistent
conversation in domains such as education, business, and

* Design. Digital systems do not currently support conversation well:
it is difficult to converse with grace, clarity, depth and coherence
over networks. But this need not remain the case. Toward this end, we
welcome analyses of existing systems as well as designs for new
systems which better support conversation. Also of interest are
inquiries into how participants design their own conversations within
the digital medium -- that is, how they make use of system features
to create, structure, and regulate their discourse.

Examples of appropriate topics include, but are not limited to:
- Turn-taking, threading and other structural features of CMC
- The dynamics of large scale conversation systems (e.g. USENET)
- Methods for summarizing or visualizing conversation archives
- Studies of virtual communities or other sites of digital talk
- The roles of mediated conversation in knowledge management
- Studies of the use of instant messaging in large organizations
- Novel designs for computer-mediated conversation systems
- Analyses of or designs for distance learning systems
For other examples of appropriate topics see the list of previous
years' papers:

The minitrack will be preceded by a half-day workshop. The workshop
will provide a background for the sessions and set the stage
for a dialog between researchers and designers that will continue
during the minitrack. The minitrack co-chairs will select in advance
a publicly accessible CMC site, which each author will be asked to
analyze, critique, redesign, or otherwise examine using their
disciplinary tools and techniques before the workshop convenes;
the workshop will include presentations and discussions of the
participants' examinations of the site and its content. The
workshop is primarily intended for minitrack authors, although
other participants are welcome provided they are willing to prepare
for it as described above.

1. Submit a 250 word abstract of your proposed paper via email to
the chairs: Tom Erickson <[log in to unmask]>, Susan Herring
<[log in to unmask]> by the deadline noted above.

2. We will send you feedback on the suitability of your abstract
shortly thereafter.

1. Manuscripts should be 22-26 double-spaced pages, including
diagrams, in Microsoft Word or Adobe Acrobat format. The final paper
will be 10 pages, double-column, single-spaced.

2. Each paper must have a title page that includes the title of the
paper, full name of all authors, and complete addresses including
affiliation(s), telephone number(s), and e-mail address(es).

3. The first page of the manuscript should include the title and a
300-word abstract of the paper.

4. Papers should contain original material and not be previously
published, or currently submitted for consideration elsewhere.

5. Do not submit the same manuscript to more than one Minitrack.

6. Papers should be submitted by email, to the minitrack chairs:
Tom Erickson <[log in to unmask]>, Susan Herring <[log in to unmask]>
by the deadline noted above.

Since 1968 the Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
(HICSS) has become a respected a forum for the substantive
interchange of ideas in all areas of information systems and
technology. The objective of HICSS is to provide a unique environment
in which researchers and practitioners in the information, computer
and system sciences can frankly exchange and discuss their research
ideas, techniques and applications. Comments and feedback from each
HICSS conference indicate that the conference format continues to be
professionally rewarding and stimulating to everyone who attends.
More information about the HICSS conference can be found at

Conference Administration:
- Ralph Sprague, Conference Chair, [log in to unmask]
- Sandra Laney, Conference Administrator, [log in to unmask]
- Eileen Dennis, Track Administrator, [log in to unmask]

2003 Conference Venue:
       Hilton Waikoloa Village (on the Big Island of Hawaii)
       425 Waikoloa Beach Drive
       Waikoloa, Hawaii 96738
       Tel: 1-808-886-1234
       Fax: 1-808-886-2900

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Tom Erickson
IBM T.J. Watson Research Center
Email: [log in to unmask] (preferred); [log in to unmask](IBM confidential)