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                          EuroPLoP 2008

                  13th European Conference on
                 Pattern Languages of Programs
                         July 9-13, 2008
                Irsee Monastery, Bavaria, Germany
                http://www.hillside.net/europlop/

     Track on Patterns for Collaboration Technology and Processes
              Submission deadline: February 18, 2008
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Designing collaboration technology and processes is a challenging
task that often is poorly understood by practitioners. In
particular, the design of collaboration technology and processes
heavily depends on human factors. As such it is highly
non-deterministic and complex as it has to consider the mutual
understanding of the group members. The key challenge in these
settings is twofold: a) how to design productive group processes for
collaboration, and b) how to model, embed, or implement these group
processes in computer technology and in the organization. Over the
past years, various pattern based approaches have been developed to
support the design of collaboration technology and processes. Early
patterns for groupware development focused on low-level issues,
e.g., on infrastructures required to implement groupware. More
recently, there is a growing interest in the definition and use of
high-level patterns describing HCI issues in the context of
groupware systems as well as patterns that focus on the design and
facilitation of group processes, e.g. thinkLets. In this thematic
track, we want to explore the characteristics and challenges of both
high level and low level patterns for collaboration technology and
processes.

Track chairs:
- Stephan Lukosch,  FernUniversität in Hagen, Germany,
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- Gwendolyn L. Kolfschoten, Delft University of Technology, The
Netherlands, [log in to unmask]
- Gert-Jan de Vreede, University of Nebraska at Omaha, USA,
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- Robert O. Briggs, University of Nebraska at Omaha, USA,
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Detailed conference information
===============================

EuroPLoP is the premier European conference on patterns. The
conference offers a variety of tracks and workshops that allow you
to learn about patterns, to receive feedback on your own work, and
to discuss with fellow enthusiasts. It is a unique venue to exchange
knowledge about best practices and learn from other experts in
various fields. EuroPLoP 2008 will be held July 9-13, 2008 in the
Irsee Monastery, Germany. Join us for an experience that will
combine outstanding technical events with a visit to the lovely
Bavarian countryside. EuroPLoP accepts papers containing patterns or
pattern languages as well as experience reports and other papers
related to the theory and use of patterns.

SUBMISSION CATEGORIES
=====================
Submissions should fall into one of the following categories:

* Pattern papers - Short papers (5 to 10 pages) containing one or more
patterns, longer pattern languages (about 15 to 20 pages) or sequences
and work-in-progress papers.  All accepted papers will receive
in-depth shepherding by an experienced pattern author before the conference.
Newcomers papers may receive further shepherding at the conference itself.

* Proven practices papers - Papers about the craft of writing
software or patterns, papers about the concept of patterns and proven
practices in general, case studies of patterns in action, or papers
about software development communities of practice.

* Focus group proposals - Focus groups are free-format discussion
groups or workshops lasting between 3 and 6 hours. They are designed
to bring together people who are interested in a challenging topic
related to patterns or proven practices. Non-conventional ideas
such as goldfish bowls are welcome. Organizers of thematic tracks
are encouraged to submit a focus group proposal that covers parts
of their topic.

CONFERENCE STRUCTURE
====================
The main track of EuroPLoP will be organized as a series of writers'
workshops where authors work together to improve their papers.
Before pattern or other papers are accepted for a writers' workshop,
they are shepherded (non-anonymously). This means an experienced
author will discuss your submission with you, so that you can refine
your paper prior to the conference. All submissions will be
peer-reviewed.

* The EuroPLoP proceedings are published in book form after the conference.

* Papers discussed at writer's workshop at this conference qualify for
submission to the new journal "Transactions on Pattern Languages of
Programming"
published by Springer. See http://hillside.net/tplop/ and
http://www.springer.com/home/computer/lncs?SGWID=5-164-2-470309-0 for
details of this journal.

SCHEDULE
========
February 18, 2008:  Paper Submission Deadline
March 10, 2008:     Start of shepherding
April 18, 2008:     Review Version Due
May 12, 2008:       Paper Acceptance notification
May 26, 2008:       Closing date for Early Registration
June 20, 2008:      End of shepherding and conference version due
July 9-13, 2008:    Conference
December 2008:      Final Publication Version Due

SUBMISSION PROCEDURE and CONFERENCE ORGANIZATION
================================================
To submit your paper, please visit the submission page at
http://hillside.net/europlop/submission. This page will be available in
January.

Program Chair
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Till Schümmer, FernUniversität in Hagen, Germany,
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Conference Chair
================
Allan Kelly, Software Strategy Ltd., UK, [log in to unmask]

Focus Group Chair
=================
Tim Wellhausen, IT-Beratung Wellhausen, Germany, [log in to unmask]

Web Chair
=========
Michael Weiss, Carleton University, Canada, [log in to unmask]

For more information, please visit http://hillside.net/europlop

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