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WWW2004 Call for Panels

The WWW conferences are well known for the quality of the panels. Panels represent an opportunity for exploration of current issues and emerging opportunities. They provide an interactive forum that will engage both panelists and the audience in lively discussion of important and often controversial issues. Suggested topics are listed here but we are open to any suggestions. Our main aim is that the panels should be fun: lively, interactive, informative and relevant. The issues, panelists and their positions should be controversial to raise interest. It also must transmit a clear message.

A successful panel has three main components: a topic, a format and the panelists. A panel is a team effort. Thus, while its topic is important, good coordination, execution and management are vital for success. A simple abstract or set of abstracts is not sufficient.

Suggested topics for panels include:

  • Pushing the boundaries of the Web

  • The Grid and Web Services

  • Patent issues

  • Web standards: de-facto vs de-jure

  • Commercialism of the Web — good or bad?

  • Web Services

  • Semantics — Is it emerging? Where? How? What's next?

  • Cultural Heritage on the Web — What's needed? Is it working?

  • Privacy vs Freedom on the Web

Suggested formats for panels include: a balloon debate, role-playing or game-playing.

You might forbid the use of visual supports, ask people give two minute position statements without slides, make each panelist use an analogy or bring a prop. We would like to avoid formats where panelists will be tempted to give impromptu paper presentations leaving little time for discussion.

A panel is a discussion between several characters. Panelists should naturally be experts in their topic but must also be lively and controversial. Choose a mix of panelists that don't all told the same opinions.

How to submit a panel to WWW2004

Proposals (approx. 1500 words or 5 pages) should be submitted in ASCII or HTML formats by email to the Panels Committee at panels@www2004.org. Information that must be included:

Panel title

Abstract

Name(s), affiliation(s), and complete mailing address(es) (including phone, fax, e-mail) of the proposer(s).

Name, biographical information and a position statement or "role" for each panelist

Name and biographical information of the moderator (if different from the proposer)

A detailed description of the panel topic and execution, covering the points discussed below

Panel length (preferably 90 minutes)

A 1-2 page panel description will be included in the proceedings, but this will be quite different from the panel proposal submission. The panel proposal should convince us that you have a good panel design. We will give you instructions for writing the proceedings page(s) if your panel is accepted.

Pre-Submission Feedback

The Panels Committee will be pleased to give feedback to your ideas for panels before you submit them. Final proposals should be sent to the Panels Committee at panels@www2004.org.

The Panels Committee

Panels Chair: Lloyd Rutledge, CWI, The Netherlands
Panels Deputy Chair: Mary Ellen Zurko, IBM, USA
Panels Committee: Steven Pemberton, W3C, The Netherlands
Patrick Schmitz, Ludicrum Enterprises, USA
Harald Weinreich, University of Hamburg, Germany
Ronny Lempel, IBM Research Labs, Israel

Important dates :

Optional Intent to Submit (enabling feedback) by November 1, 2003

Proposals should be received by November 14, 2003

We will respond to submissions by January 31, 2004

How to design a panel proposal for WWW2004

Proposals must provide the Program Committee with information for determining which panels will best engage the WWW2004 audience. Acceptance depends on several factors.

Panels should raise important issues that will interest the WWW2004 participants. They should attract people to the conference, and they should "pull in" people at the conference to attend the panel session.

Some important points to focus on:

  • the intended audience

  • the detailed topic

  • the take-home message of the panel

  • the team comprising the panel, focusing on the experience and the function/role of the moderator and each panelist

  • intended coordination of the panelists in preparation for the panel in advance of the conference

  • your approach to ensuring debate, controversy and, in general, a lively session that will engage the audience

The moderator plays a very important role, and is responsible, as a conductor, for the overall structure. The moderator should challenge the participants with questions after the (short) opening statements from each. The moderator should not participate as a panelist. To be a success, panels rely on strong preparation and coordination between the moderator and the participants. This coordination must take place before the conference.

A panel is not a set of independent talks about a given topic. The audience should be encouraged to participate for between 1/3 and 2/3 of the session.

When appropriate, we encourage panel organizers to provide a list of references, resources, leads, etc., as a handout.

Panels from Previous WWW Conferences

  • WWW2003
  • WWW2002
  • WWW10 (2001)
  • WWW9 (2000)
  • WWW8 (1999)
If you would like information, or to volunteer, please contact Mae Isaac, mkisaac@us.ibm.com
http://www2004.org