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SIGDOC 2009 : The 27th ACM International Conference on Design of Communication


Conference Series : International Conference on Design of Communication
When Oct 5, 2009 - Oct 7, 2009
Where Bloomington, IN, USA
Submission Deadline May 20, 2009
Notification Due Jun 10, 2009
Final Version Due Jun 20, 2009
Categories    design of communication   communications

Call For Papers

The 27th ACM International Conference on Design of Communication will be held at Indiana University's School of Informatics.

Conference Dates: October 5-7, 2009
Conference Location: Bloomington, IN, USA
Proposals due: May 20, 2009 (see the CFP for details)

View the SIGDOC 2009 Call for Papers
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About SIGDOC 2009
The 27th International ACM SIGDOC 2009 Conference will be held at Indiana University’s (IU) School of Informatics, recently listed as one of Computerworld magazine’s “Top IT Schools to Watch 2008.” Indeed, Indiana University is renowned for its ground‐breaking interdisciplinary research in science, technology, education, and the humanities and social studies, with a mission that stresses ingenuity, involvement, innovation, inquiry, insight, and inspiration.

ACM SIGDOC, with its emphasis on communication and information, and its strong links to library and information science, design studies, and cognitive and computer science, aims to build on IU’s creative interactions and energies. Research papers, workshop proposals, experience reports, and posters are invited that emphasize the following thematic challenges:

* What do we mean by disciplinarity, intradisciplinarity, interdisciplinary, cross‐disciplinary, multidisciplinary? Why do we maintain that this is a strength of ACM SIGDOC? How can your unique expertise or design experience contribute to a compelling future for the developing discipline of communication design?
* Role of disciplinary expertise in problem solving, innovation, communication design and business process design, knowledge creation and management for the 21st century.
* New economic realities and geopolitical issues for communication designers.
* Preparing the next generation communication designer: abilities, attributes, prior knowledge and backgrounds, tasks and activities, competencies and contexts.
* State of the field: past reflections and historically significant developments, accelerated environments and artifacts, unrealized potentials.
* Emerging studies on personalization, mediation, work and genre ecologies and activities, technical and educational
opportunities and challenges of sustainability and sharing.

Important Dates

* May 20, 2009 – Proposals for papers, reports, workshops, and posters are due.
* June 10, 2009 – Authors will be notified of acceptance.
* June 20, 2009 – Final versions of technical papers and workshop descriptions are due.

Guidelines for Submission Types

* Research Papers — Papers should not exceed 5,000 words, approximately 8 pages in ACM SIGDOC conference format (available at the site), including figures and references. The results described must not be under consideration for publication elsewhere.
* Workshops — Workshop proposals should not exceed 1,000 words. The proposal should describe the workshop’s theme, leader(s), structure, expected length, and participant selection criteria.
* Experience Reports — Experience reports present project‐ or workplace‐focused summaries of important process or product processes and should not exceed 3,500 words. The experience report is a standalone, six‐page extended abstract that describes a design experience and its lessons for other designers of communication. The experience report must include the title, names and affiliations of the authors, an abstract of up to 150 words, and keywords.
* Posters — Posters provide an opportunity to present late‐breaking results and new ideas in an informal, visual and interactive format. Accepted poster submissions will receive a one page description in the conference proceedings. The submission should be formatted according to the ACM guidelines for paper submissions, but the length must be only one page. If you have additional questions about posters, please contact Michael Albers (albersm at

Submission process
To submit your proposal, e‐mail Shaun Slattery and Ashley Williams (sslatte1 at (ashleyw at

Acceptance for publication is contingent on registration for the conference. (In the case of multiple authors, at least one must register.) If you cannot attend the conference, a publication fee equivalent to the event registration will be charged.

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