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Carolyn Brodie <[log in to unmask]>
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Tue, 22 May 2001 12:03:10 -0400
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Workshop  on Applications that support the Dissemination of Information and
Collaboration Within Large Communities

Workshop is part of the Symposium on Applications and the Internet

28 Jan - 1 Feb 2002
Nara city, Nara, Japan

The symposium is co-sponsored by the Information Processing Society of
Japan (IPSJ)
and the IEEE Computer Society (IEEE-CS)
Supported by IEICE

Workshop Rationale:

Many  different  kinds  of  communities*,   such as business organizations,
on-line  interests  groups,  etc.,  find it difficult to make their members
aware  of  helpful  information.  Community  e-mail  distribution lists and
websites  are used to address this problem.  However, many members of these
large organizations often receive large numbers of e-mails per day, many of
which  they  must  respond  to  directly.   Newsletters can very easily get
buried  in  this  sea  of  e-mail,  and  important  information overlooked.
Websites do not contribute to e-mail overload, but they are only useful for
keeping people informed when people make an overt decision to look at them.
If  the  websites  are  not updated very frequently users may quickly learn
that   it   is  not  useful  to  look  at  them  very  often.   Information
dissemination  is  only  half  of  the  battle.   Even  if members of large
organizations  are  able  to  stay  informed about new developments, it can
still  be  difficult  for  them  to  collaborate  with other members of the
organization  due  to the size of the organization, geographic distribution
of  members,  and  the  speed  with  which roles in communities, especially
business organizations, can change.

Workshop Goals:

The  goal  of  this  workshop  is  to  discuss  the  needs and explore the
strengths and weaknesses of different approaches that can be used to assist
large communities in disseminating information and supporting collaboration
with applications that take advantage of the internet infrastructure.
Participants will be asked to present short paper.  The group  will
the  papers and try  to  construct  a  matrix  of  strengths and weaknesses
of different approaches to addressing different needs.

Call for Workshop Papers:

We  invite participants to submit workshop papers on topics such as: 1) the
needs  and  solutions  for  the  dissemination  of information within large
communities,  2)  collaboration  needs  and  solutions among members of the
community,  3) novel interaction techniques used to address these needs, 4)
case studies of the use of internet applications to disseminate information
and/or support collaborations within large communities, and 5) other topics
relevant   to   the  issue  of  supporting  information  dissemination  and
collaboration needs in large communities.

Papers will be published in the SAINT 2002 Workshop proceedings. They
should not exceed 10 double-spaced 8.5x11-inch pages (including figures,
tables and references) in 10-12 point font. Include the title of the paper,
the name and affiliation of each author, a 150-word abstract, five to ten
keywords, and the technical area(s) most relevant to your paper. Please
also include the name, address, telephone and fax numbers, and e-mail
address of the author responsible for correspondence regarding the paper.

Paper Deadlines:

Submission of Paper:  June 15,2001

Notification of Acceptance of Papers : August 30, 2001

Final Manuscript Deadline:  October 15, 2001

Workshop Output:

A  compilation  of  the  workshop papers presented and the matrix described
above  are  the outputs of this workshop.  If sufficiently interesting, the
matrix might be published as a technical note in a journal or expanded into
a full article.

Please email paper submissions to:

Carolyn Brodie ([log in to unmask]) or Maroun Touma ([log in to unmask])

Catherine Wolf [log in to unmask]
Phone: 914-784-7728
Maroun Touma  [log in to unmask]
Phone: 914-784-7528
Carolyn Brodie [log in to unmask]
Phone: 914-784-7237
IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center
30 Saw Mill River Road
Hawthorne, NY 10532
Fax: 914-784-7455

*  We  use  the  term "community" to mean any group of people with a common