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[Fwd: [Hyperworlds] CFP: Xanadu and derivatives at ACM Hypertext (Italy, 29 June 2009)]

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Subject: [Hyperworlds] CFP: Xanadu and derivatives at ACM Hypertext
(Italy, 29 June 2009)
Date: Mon, 09 Mar 2009 10:45:03 -0000
From: diiorioangelo <diiorio@xxxxxxxxxxx>
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Hi all,
I am a postdoc researcher at the University of Bologna (Italy) and I am
very interested in Xanadu.

Jamie Blustein, Fabio Vitali and I are organizing a workshop about "new
forms of xanalogical storage and function", that might be interesting
for you.

Please find enclosed the Call for Paper.



                             CALL FOR PAPERS

                at the ACM HYPERTEXT Conference 2009

                         June 29th, Turin, Italy

         Workshop: http://vitali.web.cs.unibo.it/WorkshopHT09

               Main Conference: http://www.ht2009.org/



Xanalogical storage and transclusions were proposed at the earliest days
of modern hypertext, in order to create a global document space where
users can freely share, customize and reuse content. A Xanalogical
document can be thought of as a virtual list of linked text chunks,
which can be permanently identified, retrieved and aggregated within the
system.  Rich and fine-grained information about who, when and how the
chunks were edited allow users to surf and manipulate inter-connected
documents in powerful yet safe and ways.

The World Wide Web moved away the original Xanadu vision. However, new
forms of Xanalogical editing are being discovered. Active participation
of users in writing and linking web content is dramatically increasing.
 Blogs, wikis and mashups all prove we are going towards (or probably we
are already into) a new Web conceived as a writing platform rather than
as a reading one. Such active participation was part original vision of
the hypertext pioneers. The depth and breadth of involvement is more
than a social trend -- it is supported by many new applications,
standards and services available today.

It is now the right time to find synergies between the original
Xanalogical vision and the recent developments in the WWW. Some new
ideas and new prototypes have been recently presented by the hypertext
community. This workshop is a place to gather researchers and
professionals interested in Xanalogical models and Web editing and
linking, in order to foster the discussion, provide new research
directions, and how other experts their recently developed systems and


The workshop will run a half day, and be divided in two equal parts, in
order to emphasize both the theoretical/algorithmic aspects and the
practical applications of the Xanalogical model. Ample space will be
given to peer discussions and brainstorming about the results of the
presentations and the ideas brought forth by participants.


Researchers in hypertext, Web technologies, Xanalogical models,
collaborative editing, distributed systems, etc.


* Submission:   Monday    06 April 2009
* Notification: Monday    04 May   2009
* Final copy:   Wednesday 20 May   2009
* Workshop:     Monday    29 June  2009


Authors must submit an electronic copy of their proposed articles (in
PDF) via email to XanaWorkshopHT09@xxxxxxxxxxxx Articles should be
between of 2 and 5 pages in length, when printed using the official ACM
templates (http://www.acm.org/sigs/pubs/proceed/template.html).


The outcome will be published in the on-line Hypertext 2009 Workshops
proceedings and, given enough interesting contributions, may contribute
to forming the content of a special issue of a journal in a related area.

We will also consider multiple documents connected as a hypertext so
long as the total length is comparable to that for the printed versions,
and the system needed to interact with and display the hypertext is
widely available (to help with refereeing).

At least one of the authors of an accepted submission must register to
the main conference and participate in the workshop.


Fabio Vitali (primary contact)

Fabio Vitali is associate professor at the Department of Computer
Science of the University of Bologna. He has been interested in
versioning in hypertext systems and Xanalogical models for a long time
(including the co-organization of some workshops in the hypertext area,
ECHT94 and ECSCW95). He will act as the primary contact for this workshop.

Angelo Di Iorio

Angelo Di Iorio holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science, from the University
of Bologna. His thesis is positioned over markup languages and document
engineering areas, being focused on design patterns for digital
documents segmentation. During his master thesis and his PhD he has also
worked on collaborative authoring, document versioning and content

Jamie Blustein

Jamie is an associate professor in both the Faculties of Computer
Science and Management at Dalhousie University in Canada. He has been an
active member of the ACM Hypertext community since 1996. His primary
interest in hypertext is in personalization and augmentation.


* Fabio Vitali, University of Bologna, Italy
* James Blustein, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada
* Angelo Di Iorio, University of Bologna, Italy
* John Lumley, HPLabs, Bristol, UK
* Andrew Pam, Xanadu Australia, Australia
* Manolis Tzigaris, Research Academic Computer Technology Institute, Greece
* Jim Rosenberg, Grindstone, PA, USA
* Phil Cox, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada


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