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Sat, 17 May 2008 17:59:20 -0400
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ACM Hypertext 2008 ­ The Nineteenth ACM Conference on Hypertext and Hypermedia

*** Linking people and places ***

June 19th-21st 2008, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Call for Participation

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.

The conference will take place June 19-21, 2008, in Pittsburgh, 
Pennsylvania, directly after ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital 
Libraries (see Both conferences are 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. Soon after 
1998, the ACM Digital Libraries Conference evolved into the Joint 
Conference on Digital Libraries. In 2008, Hypertext conference 
celebrating links is again  linked to JCDL in Pittsburgh, ten years 

IMPORTANT: May 19th is the last day to register with the early bird 
discounted registration fee both JDCL 2008 and Hypertext 2008. A 
discount of $100 ($50 for students) if also available for those 
registering for both conferences.

The Venue and Accommodation

Hypertext 2008 and JCDL 2008 will be held at the Omni William Penn 
Hotel, a historic luxury hotel in downtown Pittsburgh. Conference 
sessions,  workshops and tutorials will take place at the hotel.
IMPORTANT: To ensure that you'll receive the discount conference rate 
of $156.00 (US), you will have to place your reservations before May 
25, 2008 May 25th for both JCDL and Hypertext conferences.

Students attending HT'08 have the option of staying in a student 
dormitory on the University of Pittsburgh campus.

The Program

Invited Speakers
Hypertext 2008 will present two Keynote Speakers: Bernardo A. 
Huberman, a Senior HP Fellow and director of the Social Computing Lab 
and Jon Kleinberg, a Professor in the Department of Computer Science 
at Cornell University. More information about the keynote speakers is 
available at

Refereed Paper Tracks

This yearıs conference consists of four independent tracks, each with 
their own track committee, coordinated by an overall Program Chair

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)

The list of accepted papers for each track and the presentation 
schedule is available at

Posters and Students Research Competition

Hypertext 2008 will feature a poster/demo session. The list of 
accepted posters and demos is available at
In addition, students selected to attend the ACM Student Research 
Competition will demonstrate their work during the poster session.


Hypertext 2008 will feature two workshops, which will be held on June 
19th before the start of the main conference:

* Web Science: Collaboration and Collective Intelligence, organized by
Weigang Wang (University of Manchester, UK) and David Millard 
(University of Southampton, UK)

* Creating out of the Machine: Hypertext, Hypermedia, and Web Artists 
Explore the Craft
Organized by Stephen Ersinghaus (Tunxis Community College, Connecticut, USA).

More information about the workshops is available at

Social and Cultural Program

Hypertext 2008 will feature ACM SIGWEB "Shake-Hands" reception for 
delegates of both JDCL and Hypertext conferences and a social dinner 
at the award-winning LeMont Restaurant 
( overlooking Pittsburgh Golden 

The Conference week falls within Pittsburgh major downtown arts 
festival ( with many performances and 
exhibitions all over downtown. While it makes your visit to 
Pittsburgh more interesting, it will be also increasingly harder to 
reserve downtown hotels (and the rates may go up as well). Please, do 
not delay!

In addition, two cultural events are organized for the conference delegates:
* A visit to Pittsburgh Symphony featuring the performance of the 
"trumpet phenomenon" Chris Botti on Saturday night,  June 21.  As the 
Web site 

"Trumpet phenomenon Chris Botti brings his inimitable velvet tone and 
sublime phrasing to the Heinz Hall stage. Marvin Hamlisch leads this 
concert of romantic ballads and jazz standards with the lush tones of 
your PSO blending perfectly with the warm sound of a master trumpet 

*  A visit to Fallingwater (, 
designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1935 for Pittsburgh department 
store owner Edgar Kaufmann Sr.  as a mountain retreat.  This building 
was voted the most important building of the 20th century in a poll 
conducted by the American Institute of Architects.

Please, find more information about these and other cultural 
opportunities at


Hypertext 2008 is sponsored by ACM SIGWEB and co-sponsored by 
Vivisimo, Eastgate, and Taylor & Francis Group.


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
ACM Student Research Competition Chair: Stephen Hirtle,  University 
of Pittsburgh, USA

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