(Fwd) Colorado Colloquim

From: Uffe Kock Wiil (kock_at_aue.auc.dk)
Date: Thu 15 Oct 1998 - 05:31:27 CDT

As a hypertext author, hypertext system developer, or hypertext usability and content researcher, you are cordially invited to participate in

CyberMountain : The Denver Hypertext Colloquium

         May 28th through June 2nd, 1999

Please feel free to forward this invitation to others you feel would make a solid contribution to this colloqium.

+++++++++++++ Call for CyberMountain Colloquim +++++++++++


This focused event is designed to push both texts and tools to new levels through collaborative interaction, review/reaction, and usability testing 24/7 (if desired) in a scenic setting. Colloquium findings will be reported online.

Colloquium participants will be limited to the first thirty (30) invited participants who can confirm their attendance. We will strive for a balance of hypertext content creators, system developers, and researchers. This event will run, as we have 10 participants already. If you know of others who should be invited, please forward this message to them and advise organizer Deena Larsen at deenalarsen_at_acm.org.

Others who cannot participate in the colloquim are welcome to participate in a simultaneous face to face/MOO conference. (Information about the MOO is at the end of this invitation.)

Our Vision:

A synergistic combination of people interested in creating hypertext systems and content, to obtain mutual feedback for all participants' ongoing work, and define significant issues for the next generations of hypertexts and the systems used to create them. Each participant will help collect findings and shape the final report, which will of course be in the form of a hypertext.

What To Bring:

Authors should prepare a work in progress, and system developers should bring hypertext tools (from early prototypes to versions on the market). All texts and tools should be those that could benefit from intense feedback and collaboration.


We are fortunate to be the guests of Trygve Lode, in his museum-quality mansion with a view of Colorado's front range. Facilities include 3 parlors, 3 offices, 4 living rooms, dining room, a board room, and a theater that seats 30. Trygve has extensive experience with new products and technology transfer issues; we look forward to his participation in the conference.

Most participants can be accommodated in Trygve's house, but attendees wishing to bring their families may prefer to stay in a comfortable country motel only ten minutes away. Our chosen area is a half hour from Denver by car, and carpools will be available. Colorado sightseeing can be arranged before or after the colloquium, alone or in groups. For example, a Friday/Saturday trip to Marble and Glenwood Springs, Colorado will feature a visit to a working quarry, an evening in an olympic size hot springs pool, and a night in the Raspberry Inn bed and breakfast(for those able to leave by 8 am Friday).

Schedule Overview:

Sunday - Agenda-setting discussion/exploration in large and small groups

Monday - Reaction/collaboration (2 four-hour sessions morning and afternoon);

           HT-related discussion, entertainment, and usability testing (evenings)

Tuesday - Reaction/collaboration (2 four-hour sessions morning and afternoon);

           HT-related discussion, entertainment, and usability testing (evenings)

Wednesday -Discussion/exploration, reporting back, international

           MOO session, wrap-up and discussion of future work

Reaction/Collaboration Sessions:

Four 4-hour reaction/collaboration sessions will feature four to six authors and developers stationed in various rooms in the house (e.g., John Smith will show System X in the parlor, Jane Doe will show her new hypertext poem in the drawing room, Mary Jones will show System Y in the living room, Tom Black will show his hypertext novel in the board room). Participants can wander from room to room to see the different works or can stay in one room and work very closely with the developer or author to suggest new approaches or simply experience and comment upon the work. Slots will be assigned by sign-up so that presenters can also see the works they are interested in.

These sessions will be the heart of the colloquium. Based on our previous experience, intense synergies can be expected from small group discussions in each room.

It is anticipated that many *many* issues will arise that will benefit from discussion with the wider group, at meals (which will be cooked by assigned sub-groups and eaten together), in the evenings, and on Sunday and Wednesday (the two bracketing days set aside for discussion).

Discussion Topics:

What are the most critical issues we are now facing (both camps)? How can we collaborate in addressing them?

What strategies / approaches / techniques work? How and why do they work?
How do authors use systems?

   (How do authors work now, and how do systems change their     work practices?)
How do readers use systems?
Where do hypertext systems need to go next?

    What authoring software is currently available, and what is on the     drawing board?
    What new functionality needs to be added to existing systems? How can we promote and use co-operative authoring?

Additional questions are welcome in advance or during the agendasetting  phase of each discussion day.

Evening Activities:

Potential evening activities include hypertext movies and the optional opportunity to experience one-hour formal hypertext usability tests, as well as simply continuing the ongoing discussions and collaborations (e.g. people showing work to presenters who had schedule conflicts, or continuing thought-provoking discussions) and socializing.

Julianne Chatelain will moderate several formal usability tests (1 hour each) of work brought to the colloquim, during the evening hours, and either train other moderators or record the reviews on videotape for later analysis.

Formal or "deep" usability reviews provide answers to the question, "How does my work fare when I'm not right there with it, showing it off?" They can be tailored to answer whatever questions you have about your work.

MOO: A MOO session on Wednesday will connect the conference to simultaneous conference sessions around the globe. Part of our charter is to share our findings and thoughts and make them available to others both informally and formally.

Hypertext system and content developers around the world will meet to discuss issues before the MOO session, post their results, and stay online for a discussion. This combination of face to face and cyber discussion will provide wide ranging opportunities to explore issues and to collaborate on solutions.

If you wish to organize a face to face session for the MOO, contact Walter Vannini at walter_at_humans.net.

Commitments Required of Attendees:

Preference will be given to attendees who can participate in the entire colloquium. Those who cannot attend the colloquim are strongly encouraged to organize MOO conference sessions.

Fees will be minimal (to cover costs for food and rental transportation.) We will do everything we can to make this as inexpensive as possible.

(Warning: This colloquim and MOO session are based on the precept, the earlier the better. As spaces are limited, responding by the formal due date may be too late.)

Jan 1 Responses to this invitation are due (Contact Deena Larsen at deenalarsen.acm.org to confirm you are coming) March 31 Pre-papers are due

Please Respond With:

Background Reading:

Issues this colloquium will discuss have been drawn from discussions of the Hypertext Writers' Workshop and the ACM-SIGWEB Hypertext conferences, especially HT'98 and HT'99.

Uffe Kock Wiil
Department of Computer Science
Aalborg University Esbjerg
Niels Bohrs Vej 8
6700 Esbjerg, Denmark
phone +45 7912 7623
fax +45 7545 3643

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