Seminar suggestions for the JA-SIG Spring 2008 Conference

Paul Zablosky Paul.Zablosky at ubc.ca
Thu Jan 10 22:56:51 UTC 2008


Following up on my posting about the upcoming JA-SIG Spring 2008 
Conference, I'm soliciting suggestions for half-day seminars and 
tutorials to take place at the beginning and end of the event.. 

The conference will take place April 27-30 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 
St. Paul, MN. There will be participation from several higher education 
community source projects, including uPortal, Fedora, Internet2, Kuali, 
Sakai, and -- of course -- Fluid.

We're hoping to have at least one Fluid-specific seminar, or one that 
relates closely to Fluid goals, principles, technologies, or techniques.

If you'd like to see the sorts of topics that have been addressed in the 
past, take a look at the 2007 Sunday and Wednesday 
<http://www.ja-sig.org/conferences/07summer/index.html> seminars at the 
JA-SIG 2007 Conference in Denver -- or any of the previous JA-SIG 
conferences <http://www.ja-sig.org/conferences/index.html>.  Topics can 
be deeply technical or of broad general interest, but the approach is 
usually tutorial.  They can be aimed at any group within the 
participating communities, but there's a huge benefit when they cross 
community boundaries.  Topics that require a full day for presentation 
can be spread across two half-day sessions (morning and afternoon on 
Sunday, usually).

There is an extra fee charged to seminar attendees, but the presenter is 
rewarded with _free registration_ to the conference.

If you have an idea for a topic or a presenter you'd like to see, please 
let me know right away.  (The planning committee is in the process of 
finalizing the schedule.  I apologize for the short notice.)  If 
possible, please include the following information:

   1. Title - a phrase or one sentence summary
   2. Description - approximately 4 - 5 sentences describing what an
      attendee would expect to hear about; (graphics can also be included)
   3. Length - whether you expect the session to be a half-day or
      full-day seminar
   4. Pre or Post - whether you would rather see the seminar on Sunday
      (pre-conference) or on Wednesday (post-conference)
   5. Proposed presenter

There are so many interesting threads of interest, ideas, techniques, 
and disciplines in the Fluid project, that I'm confident there are some 
really great seminars just waiting to be given.   Please post your 
suggestions to this list, or send them to me directly.

Paul
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