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Call for Papers

Submission Deadline October 4, 2002

Open Source Technologies and Systems Track
2003 Information Resources Management Association International Conference

Additional information available at http://www.hcob.wmich.edu/rea/IRMA/

May 18-21, 2003
Radisson Warwick Hotel
Philadelphia Pennsylvania, USA

TRACK CHAIR
Alan Rea
Western Michigan University
E-mail: [log in to unmask]

TRACK COVERAGE
Once the realm of geeks and techies, open source has made in-roads into mainstream computing. The cry for open source reverberates throughout academia, business, and personal computing as people look for viable applications, stable systems, and an escape from expensive upgrades. We've long been aware that open source software such as Apache runs more than half of the Web servers in the world. However, in recent years we've seen open source displace proprietary technologies and systems.

Whether it's Linux on a desktop, OpenOffice calculating a spreadsheet formula, or Evolution accessing e-mail, open source no longer is a second-class citizen. However, open source technologies and systems are not a magical techno-panacea. While purchasing costs are low, support costs can be just as high as proprietary systems in some cases. Open source technologies and systems face many challenges in the form of proprietary systems and software, cultural biases, and a general lack of user knowledge. 

This track invites discussions on technological challenges and implementations, case studies, research in progress, and any conversation centering on open source development, culture, business models, or various other topics.

RECOMMENDED TOPICS

Possible Open Source Topics Include, but are not limited to:

* Application Development
* Business Models
* Case Studies 
* Corporate Linux
* Culture 
* GNU Licensing
* Education 
* Security
* System Implementation 
* System Architectures
* Web Applications 
* Wireless Technology

For complete conference information, visit the IRMA Web Site at
http://www.irma-international.org

SUBMISSION CATEGORIES

FULL LENGTH SUBMISSIONS
Those individuals interested may submit a full length (not to exceed 3,500 word with a maximum of 3 figures), original, and previously unpublished, conceptual or empirical research manuscript for review and decision. Accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings in their entirety or as a 1500-2000 word mini-paper, as recommended by the reviewers. 

High quality papers will be considered for further review and possible inclusion in the Information Resources Management Journal, Journal of End User Computing, Journal of Database Management, Journal of Global Information Management, Annals of Cases on Information Technology, International Journal of Distance Education Technologies, International Journal of IT Standards and Standardization Research or Journal of Electronic Commerce in Organizations. In addition, the best paper in terms of quality and suitability to the theme of the conference will be awarded the "Best Paper" Award.

RESEARCH-IN-PROGRESS SUBMISSIONS
Those individuals interested may submit research-in-progress proposals (abstracts) or a summary of tentative results of the study to date in 500-1000 words by October 4, 2002. Authors of accepted proposals are asked to forward a 1500-2000 words paper by January 10, 2003 for inclusion in the conference proceedings.

PANEL, WORKSHOP, TUTORIAL, AND SYMPOSIUM SUBMISSIONS
Individuals interested in conducting a panel, workshop, symposium or tutorial dealing with technological, managerial, professional, teaching, societal, national or international issues of information technology management are invited to submit a 500-1000 word proposal covering the objectives, issues to be covered, and the names/addresses of any other panel, workshop, tutorial/symposium members. Method of presentation is at the submitter's discretion, however the submitter has the responsibility for providing his/her own participants (such as panel members). All accepted proposals will appear in the conference proceedings. (Note: All panel, workshop, tutorial/symposium members must register and pay for the conference. Panel presenters should know that during the conference, an overhead projector and screen will be provided by the association for each presentation. Any additional equipment needed for the panel, workshop, tutorial or symposium is at the discretion of the presenter and it will be his or her responsibility to provide the extra equipment.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
1. Manuscript must not exceed 3,500 words for full length submissions; 500-1000 words for research -in-progress summary/proposal; and 500-1000 words for panel, workshop, tutorial and symposium proposals.

2. Must be accompanied by a separate cover letter with every author(s) name, address, phone & fax numbers, e-mail, full affiliation and the track to which it is submitted. All correspondence will be sent to the first author unless otherwise specified.

3. Submitted papers must not currently be under review by any other publication or conference.

4. Submitters must provide their e-mail address where the acknowledgment will be forwarded.

5. The number of submissions by an author (including joint authorship) is limited to a maximum of two submissions.

6. All submissions should be submitted electronically in either MS Word or rich text format (RTF). (Note: If you do not receive an e-mail acknowledgment two week after your electronic submission, please contact the program chair. Authors of accepted manuscripts and proposals will be asked to provide the final copy of the submission in MS Word or RTF format on disk or CD. Authors of accepted papers (at least one person) must register and attend the conference.

IMPORTANT DATES
Submission Deadline: October 4, 2002
Notification of Acceptance/Rejection: November 29, 2002
Final Submission Due: January 10, 2003
Early Registration Ends: April 4, 2003
Conference Period: May 18-21, 2003
All conference participants (presenters, panelists, etc.) must register for the conference.

LOCATION
Join the IRMA 2003 international conference attendees in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the City of Brotherly Love. Whether you favorite pasttime is visiting museums, shopping, or strolling the streets of the "Old City," you will enjoy your visit to this historic city. At Independence National Historic Park you can visit Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. Just a short walk from there is the U.S. Mint and the Betsy Ross House. While in Old City you may want to have a meal in one of the countless restaurants lining the streets. Or, if shopping is your desire there are numerous outlets to visits. Learn more about this exciting location by visiting the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Web site at: http://www.gophila.org.

Send track specific questions to:
Alan Rea
Track Chair
Open Source Software and Systems
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Send all general inquiries and submissions to:
Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, Program Chair
2003 IRMA INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE
E-mail: [log in to unmask]
For conference registration and hotel registration forms, contact IRMA at 717-533-8879 or visit the web site at http://www.irma-international.org

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Alan I Rea, Jr.                         Associate Professor
Dept. of Business Information Systems   Computer Information Systems
Haworth College of Business             [log in to unmask]           	
Western Michigan University             Office: 616-387-4247
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-3821                FAX:    616-387-5710

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