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The Fifteenth International ACM Conference on Hypertext and Hypermedia will be held in Santa Cruz, California, August 9-13, 2004.

The ACM Hypertext Conference is the foremost international conference on hypertext and hypermedia. It brings together scholars, researchers and practitioners from a diverse array of disciplines, united by a shared interest in innovative textual and multimedia information spaces - with emphasis on augmenting human capabilities via linking, structure, authoring, annotation and interaction.

This year, in addition to the established conference themes, the conference is actively soliciting submissions at the intersections of hypermedia and Digital Libraries, Software Engineering and the Humanities. We welcome submissions on the representation, design, structuring, visualizing, navigating, and exploiting of the rich network of relationships found in these domains.

Spatial hypertext (structuring information via visual cues and geometric arrangement) and ubiquitous hypermedia (in situ authoring and navigating relationships among real world objects) have recently emerged as significant research directions. They join our established themes of adaptive hypermedia, literary hypertext and systems and structures. This latter topic knits together the research themes of open hypermedia, structural computing, design and reflection.

In a bold experiment, for the first time we will be accepting hypertext submissions of research results. We are keenly interested in how judicious use of nonlinear narrative and rich linking can enhance communication of research ideas. We encourage you to consider submitting your paper as a hypertext.

We will also be operating a rolling review process. Papers and hypertexts received before the early submission deadline will receive reviewers' feedback at least a week before the final submission deadline, facilitating revised submissions where appropriate.

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Submission categories

Hypertext 2004 is seeking full papers and hypertexts, short papers, workshops, technical briefings, doctoral consortium contributions, demonstrations, and posters. Please see the following pages for further information.

Conference Themes

This year we have organised the call around a number of themes. We welcome papers about all aspects of hypertext and hypermedia, even if not closely fitting one of these themes.

Digital Libraries

  • Chair John Leggett, Texas A&M University
  • Vice Chair David Hicks, Aalborg University Esbjerg

Information structuring plays a fundamental role in the broad range of research areas encompassed by the digital library field. The diverse collection of media that digital libraries contain, along with the variety of ways in which users interact with those resources, require flexible, dynamic, and adaptable structuring techniques. We seek contributions that explore the ways in which the rich variety of structuring facilities represented by hypermedia technology can be used to address the challenging tasks faced in the digital libraries field.

Software Engineering

  • Chair Walt Scacchi, Univ. of California, Irvine
  • Vice Chair Ken Anderson, Univ. of Colorado, Boulder

Software projects produce a diverse set of highly interrelated artifacts including requirements, architectures, designs, source code, test cases, and build scripts. We are interested in research that explicitly leverage these relationships through hypertext mechanisms or capabilities, including but not limited to contributions in Web-based open source software development, software development environments, CASE tools, consistency checking, software configuration management, build management, release management, literate programming, intelligent editors, and documentation support systems.

Hypertext in the Humanities

  • Chair Sofia Stamou, University of Patras
  • Vice Chair Christiane Fellbaum, Princeton University

Theoretical and applied work in areas like computational linguistics, natural language processing, lexical semantics, cognitive psychology, computer-mediated communication, and electronic publishing have explored the advantages of coding, storing, and accessing lexical and conceptual knowledge in multi-dimensional formats. We encourage submissions in these and related areas that show how multi-dimensional structure has been used to describe, represent, and explain different types of information.

Adaptive Hypermedia

  • Chair monica mc schraefel, Univ. of Southampton

Individuals are, well, individual. In many scenarios, one text, one set of relationships, does not fit all readers. We seek contributions in all areas of this research theme, encompassing systems, methodologies, and user models for the adaptation, filtering and personalization of relationship-rich information spaces. Additional emphases include interaction design for adaptable or adaptive systems, adaptive and intelligent learning environments, recommender systems, reflective user models, and agent-based adaptation, as well as rigorous evaluation of such systems.

Literary Hypertext

  • Chair Jim Rosenberg

Viewed broadly, hypertext permits a wide range of experimentation in literary works on non-linearity, multiple authorial viewpoints, and rhetorical structure, as well as radical entanglements of words and meaning. Papers are welcomed on a variety of topics, of which only a small sample might include: the nature of hypertextual time, cybertext/algorithmic anatomy, hypertext narratology, hypertext anti-narratology, the role of code in literary hypertext, hypertextual close reading, literary interfaces, minimalist hypertext, maximalist (sculptural) hypertext, and the nature of hypertextual genre.

Ubiquitous Hypertext

  • Chair Kaj Grønbæk, Aarhus University

Rich networks of relationships exist among physical real-world objects as well as between these objects and computerized documents. We seek contributions that explore the interface between the physical and the virtual, especially those emphasizing creation, visualization and navigation of relationships, content delivery to mobile devices, location tracking, authoring tools and methods for geospatial relationships, and innovative uses of this technology for work, play, and creative expression.

Spatial Hypertext

  • Chair Frank Shipman, Texas A&M University

The relative positioning of artifacts to create new relationships and meaning has long been used by sculptors and visual artists. Spatial hypertext builds on this tradition to assign meaning and structure to units of text and media based on their visual similarity and relative geometric and temporal placement in virtual information spaces. We are interested in contributions that explore this novel information structuring technique, including new systems, user interfaces and metaphors, visualizations, methodologies, experience reports, and spatial structuring techniques.

Systems and Structures

  • Chair Niels Olof Bouvin, Aarhus University

Now that the Web has entered a period of stabilization characterized by increased maturity and incremental technical improvement, we seek research on novel systems that expose possibilities far beyond the Web as we know it. We solicit contributions on innovative systems, methodologies, and taxonomies for representing and structuring intellectual work and its inter-relationships. Users of systems can range from individuals to collaborative teams, working free-form, or in defined workflows. Dimensions of interest include novel user interfaces, architectures, distribution, data models, infrastructure, standards, openness, and, generally, capabilities for augmenting creative intellectual activity.

Other Topics

Papers about all aspects of hypertext and hypermedia are welcome, whether or not they fit one or more of the above themes.

Conference Chairs

  • Program Co-Chairs
    • David De Roure, University of Southampton,
    • Helen Ashman, University of Nottingham,
  • General Chair
    • Jim Whitehead, University of California, Santa Cruz,
  • Hypertext Program Chair
    • Simon Buckingham Shum, Knowledge Media Institute,
  • Workshops Chair
    • Manolis Tzagarakis, University of Patras,
  • Tutorials Chair
    • Jamie Blustein, Dalhousie University,
  • Posters and Demonstrations Chair
    • Jessica Rubart, Fraunhofer IPSI,
  • Panels and Technical Briefings Chair
    • Mark Bernstein, Eastgate Systems,
  • Doctoral Consortium Chair
    • Leslie Carr, University of Southampton,

Early submission:
Past Deadline (February 4, 2004)

Full papers and hypertexts:
Past Deadline (March 12, 2004)

Short papers:
May 28, 2004

Workshop proposals:
Past Deadline (December 19, 2003)

Poster and demo abstracts:
June 11, 2004

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