EuroPLoP 2008 Call for Participations

Via my fellow Hillsiders from Europe, here's the Final Call for Papers for EuroPLoP 2008. As I mentioned in another post, many pattern authors have at least one PLoP conference under their belt.

                             EuroPLoP 2008
                     13th European Conference on
                    Pattern Languages of Programs
                           July 9-13, 2008
                  Irsee Monastery, Bavaria, Germany
                  http://www.hillside.net/europlop/

                       Final Call For Papers

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                           IMPORTANT DATES

February 18, 2008: Paper Submission Deadline
July 9-13, 2008:   Conference
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EuroPLoP is the premier European conference on patterns. The
conference offers a variety of tracks and workshops that allow you
to learn about patterns, to receive feedback on your own work, and
to discuss with fellow enthusiasts. It is a unique venue to exchange
knowledge about best practices and learn from other experts in
various fields. EuroPLoP 2008 will be held July 9-13, 2008 in the
Irsee Monastery, Germany. Join us for an experience that will
combine outstanding technical events with a visit to the lovely
Bavarian countryside.

EuroPLoP accepts papers containing patterns or pattern languages as
well as experience reports and other papers related to the theory
and use of patterns. For the first time, EuroPLoP 2008 will offer
thematic tracks allowing practitioners and researchers from a
specific domain to exchange knowledge.

In previous years, thematic clusters evolved implicitly including
areas like:

- Software development
- Software design and architecture
- Software management and development processes
- Human computer interaction
   (e.g., user-interface aspects or novel modes of interaction)
- Education
   (ranging from professional training to classroom teaching)
- Business and organizational questions

This year, we like to invite you to champion one of these thematic
areas or propose new topics by submitting a proposal for a thematic
track.

Several open tracks will be retained to provide for new topics and
topics outside the thematic tracks.

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                           THEMATIC TRACKS
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Starting in 2008, EuroPLoP hosts thematic tracks that put a special
focus on hot topics. In 2008, the tracks are:

Pragmatic and systematic approaches in applying patterns

Organized by Paris Avgeriou (University of Groningen, The Netherlands),
Neil B. Harrison (Utah Valley University, USA), and Uwe Zdun (Vienna
University of Technology, Austria)

Patterns for Collaboration Technology and Processes

Organized by Stephan Lukosch (FernUniversitaet in Hagen, Germany),
Gwendolyn L. Kolfschoten (Delft University of Technology, the
Netherlands), Gert-Jan de Vreede (Institute for Collaboration Science,
University of Nebraska at Omaha, USA) and Robert O. Briggs (Institute
for Collaboration Science, University of Nebraska at Omaha, USA)

Patterns for Collaboration Technology and Processes

Organized by Symeon Retalis (University of Piraeus, Greece) and
Christian Kohls (KMRC - Knowledge Media Research Center, Tuebingen, Gemany)

Please visit the EuroPLoP web site http://hillside.net/europlop and the
EuroPLoP BLOG at http://europlop.blogspot.com/ for more details on the
goals of the specific thematic tracks.

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                        SUBMISSION CATEGORIES
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Submissions should fall into one of the following categories:

Pattern papers

Short papers (5 to 10 pages) containing one or more patterns, longer
pattern languages (about 15 to 20 pages) or sequences and
work-in-progress papers.  All accepted papers will receive in-depth
shepherding by an experienced pattern author before the conference.
Newcomers papers may receive further shepherding at the conference
itself.

Proven practices papers

Papers about the craft of writing software or patterns, papers about
the concept of patterns and proven practices in general, case
studies of patterns in action, or papers about software development
communities of practice.

Focus group proposals

Focus groups are free-format discussion groups or workshops lasting
between 3 and 6 hours.  They are designed to bring together people
who are interested in a challenging topic related to patterns or
proven practices. Non-conventional ideas such as goldfish bowls are
welcome. Organizers of thematic tracks are encouraged to submit a
focus group proposal that covers parts of their topic.

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                         CONFERENCE STRUCTURE
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The main track of EuroPLoP will be organized as a series of writers'
workshops where authors work together to improve their papers.
Before pattern or other papers are accepted for a writers' workshop,
they are shepherded (non-anonymously). This means that an
experienced author will discuss your submission with you, so that
you can refine your paper prior to the conference. All submissions
will be peer-reviewed.

The EuroPLoP proceedings are published in book form after the
conference.

Papers discussed at writer's workshop at this conference qualify for
submission to the new journal "Transactions on Pattern Languages of
Programming" published by Springer. See http://hillside.net/tplop/ and
http://www.springer.com/home/computer/lncs?SGWID=5-164-2-470309-0Final
for details of this journal.

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                               SCHEDULE
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February 18, 2008: Paper Submission Deadline

March 10, 2008:    Start of shepherding

April 18, 2008:    Review Version Due
May 12, 2008:      Paper Acceptance notification

May 26, 2008:      Closing date for Early Registration

June 20, 2008:     End of shepherding and conference version due
July 9-13, 2008:   Conference
December 2008:     Final Publication Version Due

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           SUBMISSION PROCEDURE and CONFERENCE ORGANIZATION
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To submit your paper, please visit the submission page at
http://hillside.net/europlop/submission. This page will be available
in January.

Program Chair:     Till Schuemmer, FernUniversitaet in Hagen,
                    Germany, till.schuemmer@FernUni-Hagen.de
Conference Chair:  Allan Kelly, Software Strategy Ltd.,
                    UK, allan@allankelly.net
Focus Group Chair: Tim Wellhausen, IT-Beratung Wellhausen,
                    Germany, kontakt@tim-wellhausen.de
Web Chair:         Michael Weiss, Carleton University
                    Canada, weiss@sce.carleton.ca

For more information, please visit http://hillside.net/europlop