Diagramming and Spatial Hypertext Software (DASHS) workshop (Jun 2011, Eindhoven)

Dates: June 6, 2011
Location: Eindhoven, Netherlands (to precede ACM Hypertext 2011)
Website: http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/designengineering/research/themes/knowledgeandinformationmanagement/dashs
Deadline for submission: UPDATED 24 Apr 2011

Are you a visual thinker?

Do you document decisions and organise project information by drawing maps or diagrams on the computer? Are you keen to share this method and learn from others with similar interests? We cordially invite submissions for short talks and demos from researchers, software developers and professionals in industry who have developed concept mapping methods or tools (also mind maps, dialogue maps, spatial hypertext, diagrams, etc…) to augment everyday work.

We are specifically looking for methods that:

  • serve as “living” documents to help users make sense of complex, evolving information (mapping decisions, collecting or organising evidence, teaching or reference info in a visual space);
  • use novel strategies to take advantage of visio-spatial thinking such as novel symbols, flows of boxes & arrows or even just strategies for layout of text in space;
  • leverage standard “office” software in innovative ways or use new software developed in-house that can be shared with a broader community.

Successful authors will present a 5 minute “elevator” pitch on the day followed by a break-out session where they will get to take interested participants through 30 minutes of additional presentation or hands-on exercises. They are also encouraged to participate in other’s presentations to build on each other’s techniques. The workshop is designed to adapt to interests on the day and to maximize the flow of ideas.

Authors working in research and software development are also invited to attend the afternoon session where we will go into more detailed discussions on key requirements and finding development funding.

Proposals should be two-page summaries (with figures and references where applicable) that cover the content of a 5 minute “elevator pitch” and include instructive visuals showing key points of the the developed methods or tools.

Important Dates

Workshop Call Initiated: January 24, 2011(Optional)
Expressions of Interest: March 1, 20112
Page Proposals Due: April 1, 2011
Notification of Acceptance: April 26, 2011
Hypertext 2011 Conference Earlybird Registration Discount Ends: May 10, 2011
Workshop Date: June 6, 2011

Morning demo and talk session: 9am-1pm
Developer and researcher meeting: 2pm-5pm

More information will become available on this workshop website as the above deadlines progress. Example support software and methods of interest are covered in our research pages. Please direct any additional questions, expressions of interest and submissions to Nathan Eng at n.eng@imperial.ac.uk.


About Fil Salustri
I'm a design methodologist and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada. Adjectives that describe me include: secular humanist, meritocrat, and long-winded. Some people call me a positivist too, as if that were a bad thing. Go figure. My real home page is http://deseng.ryerson.ca/~fil.

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