November 5, 2007
Contents of this page
- November 5:
Proposal Submission deadline
- November 21:
- December 3:
Online Title, Organizer and Abstract Modifications due
What is a Birds of a Feather?
Sessions provide an environment for colleagues
with similar interests to meet for informal discussion. Proposers
of BOF sessions should serve as discussion leaders only. BOFs
are not intended to be presentations.
How Should the Proposal be Formatted?
NEW FOR 2008: BOF proposals consist of two .pdf documents: the full
BOF proposal and a BOF abstract (description). In addition, the
up to 100-word abstract description
must also be entered into a text box on the submission page. The full
proposal is used for review and includes the BOF abstract. The
abstract is also submitted by itself, formatted and in a separate
document that will appear in the online program. The format for these
two documents should be as follows.
1. Full BOF Proposal Format (limited to 1 page)
Your proposal should include as much of the following information
as possible. Please limit your proposal to one (1) page.
Proposer: Include name, address, phone and fax
numbers, email address (expect most correspondence by email), WWW
address (if applicable), etc. This item does not count in the page
limit. Birds of a Feather proposals do not undergo blind review,
so this information should be included.
Title: A title for the BOF.
- Abstract (Description):
100 word limit. If the poster is accepted, this abstract
is the description that will be published (verbatim) in the
online program. Please be sure your description
Significance and Relevance of the Topic: Please
include information about any trends in relation to the topic and
possibly describe (or cite) evidence to that effect. Your objective
here is to explain why the topic is significant. This information can
help your proposal to be selected if resources become an issue.
Expected Audience: Briefly describe the nature
and size of the expected audience. If you expect a
particularily large or small audience, please explain why. This
information can help in room assignment.
Discussion Leader(s): Although my correspondence will be
with the proposer above, it will be the discussion leader(s) who
will be mentioned in Symposium literature. Please list any
additional such names (besides the proposer her/himself) and
affiliations here. Be certain you have their commitments to attend
Special Requirements, if any: Because of the informal
and spontaneous nature of these sessions, A/V equipment is typically
not provided. That said, please describe any pressing needs you
feel you have. Although I cannot guarantee that your requested
equipment will be available, I will make every effort to let you
know this well before March.
2. Formatted Abstract (limited to 1 page)
The BOF abstract is the same abstract in the Full BOF Proposal.
It is submitted as a separate document that
should follow the formatting guidelines
for the "Abstract" section of the
SIGCSE 2008 Format Instructions.
This document includes the BOF title, presenter(s)
identification, and a description of the BOF. The description
should be no more than 100 words.
Here are sample BOF descriptions for the online program.
How Do I Submit My Proposal?
Step 1: Write your proposal using
the format specified above.
Step 2: Convert your document into Adobe PDF format. Refer
Creating Adobe PDF Documents page
Step 3: Submit your documents and 100-word text abstract
description using the
online Birds of a Feather Submission Form.
Please do not wait until the last minute to submit your documents
because that is when everyone else will be connecting to our server!
Step 4: Make note of the BOF ID number and password
assigned to your submission. You will receive an e-mail message
Step 5: After receiving confirmation, go to the
Author Verification Form
to review your submission for accuracy.
Send e-mail to Tom Cortina
if there are any problems. Warning! Several
authors have reported problems viewing their PDF files using Internet
Explorer. If you experience similar problems, it is best to
download the file and use Acrobat Reader directly.
Deadline: All electronic submissions must be
received by November 5, 2007.
Questions? Please contact:
SIGCSE 2008 Birds of a Feather Chair