Metainformatics Symposium 2002

From: Uffe Kock Wiil (
Date: Mon 25 Mar 2002 - 13:37:32 CST

                        Call for Participation

                    Metainformatics Symposium 2002

                  Esbjerg, Denmark, 7-10 August 2002


BACKGROUND Metainformatics concerns work about computer science - about developers, computer users, or those influenced by computer technology. Metainformatics is about finding the common ground shared by researchers and practitioners in many different computer science areas, who may use similar methods to achieve different ends.

As pointed out by Douglas Engelbart, there are different levels of computer science work. Consider the software engineering and programming languages areas. Front-line (or A-level) programmers may use "off the shelf" applications, such as compilers or IDE's, to do their work. These applications are in turn constructed by B-level developers - literally, developers of tools for other developers. The methodologies and frameworks used by these B-level developers are developed by C-level developers.

The metainformatics symposium will bring together researchers from a variety of fields including computer science, social sciences and the humanities that practice or are interested in B- and C-level work to share and discuss ideas, to find common themes in these "meta"-level pursuits, and to learn from one another's experiences.

TOPICS Below is a partial list of topics for submissions. Special consideration will be given to submissions that demonstrate interdisciplinarity.

FORMAT The symposium will be structured somewhat differently than many traditional conferences by scheduling sessions intended to foster dialog within small groups of researchers in addition to plenary sessions to stress unifying themes. There will be ample opportunity for in-depth discussions to follow up on ideas presented at larger sessions, as well as several informal gatherings to help foster a sense of community in this new area.

PARTICIPATION Participation will be limited. All attendees will be required to submit at least one piece of work. (Submission formats are discussed below.) All submissions will be reviewed by the review committee. All accepted submissions will be published.

SUBMISSIONS Submissions may have any of the following forms:

IMPORTANT DATES full/short papers due 31 May 02
acceptance notification 21 Jun 02
position statements due 30 Jun 02
acceptance notification 31 Jul 02
symposium 7-10 Aug 02

ORGANIZING COMMITTEE Peter J. Nürnberg, Uffe K. Wiil, David L. Hicks Aalborg University Esbjerg, Denmark

PROGRAM COMMITTEE David Millard, University of Southampton, UK Luc Moreau, Univeristy of Southampton, UK Sigfried Reich, Salzburg Research, Austria Monica Schraefel, University of Toronto, Canada Manolis Tzagarakis, University of Patras, Greece Weigang Wang, FhG-IPSI, Germany
Jim Whitehead, University of California, Santa Cruz, USA Kasper Ĝsterbye, IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark

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