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VikingPLop 2003: Call for Contributions

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  • Jason Baragry
    (Our apologies if you receive multiple copies of this CfC) VikingPLoP 2003 The Second Nordic Conference on Pattern Languages of Programs September 19-21, 2003
    Message 1 of 1 , May 15, 2003
      (Our apologies if you receive multiple copies of this CfC)

      VikingPLoP 2003
      The Second Nordic Conference
      on Pattern Languages of Programs
      September 19-21, 2003


      Abstracts due June 16, 2003
      Papers due June 30, 2003
      Shepherding starts July 1, 2003
      Early registration July 14, 2003
      Shepherding starts July 31, 2003
      Notification of acceptance Aug 18, 2003
      Conference drafts due Sep 8, 2003
      Final versions of papers due Late 2003

      VikingPLoP 2003 - Call for Contributions

      Mature design and engineering disciplines often have handbooks
      describing common solutions to known problems. Bridge designers do not
      design bridges from first principles each time; they adapt solutions
      from a proven body of knowledge.

      Patterns can be the basis for software engineering handbooks. They
      embody core solutions to problems known to arise while building systems.
      A complete pattern language can guide developers in producing workable
      software by addressing many common design problems.

      About the Conference

      VikingPLoP is a conference in the tradition of the PLoP conferences
      (http://www.hillside.net/conferences/), which invite you
      to add your expertise to the growing body of patterns literature.
      Other conferences in the PLoP(tm) series include (US) PLoP(tm),
      ChilliPLoP(tm), KoalaPLoP(tm), MensorePLoP(tm) and SugarLoafPLoP(tm).

      These conferences follow a different format from conferences such as
      OOPSLA. The focus here is on learning, discussion and reflection, not on
      the presentation of finished or traditionally academic work. At a
      PLoP(tm) series conference, attendees review each others material and
      help one another to refine their work, run workshops and engage in
      fruitful discussions.

      Against the scenic backdrop of the Nordic countries, VikingPLoP offers a
      variety of writers workshops for submitted pattern papers, focus groups
      and other activities. The conference provides participants with the
      opportunity to share their experience with patterns and software. As
      with the PLoP series of conferences, our overall goal is to build a
      community of people who want a better way to work.

      Writers' Workshops
      Writers' workshops are at the heart of the VikingPLoP programme. In
      these workshops we discuss pattern papers accepted for the conference.
      Pattern papers may consist of an individual pattern, a collection of
      related patterns or a whole pattern language.

      Writers' workshops follow a format that has been adopted from the
      creative writing community. The style is that of a peer review. Rather
      than standing up and presenting papers, authors will receive feedback on
      their papers, with the opportunity to offer feedback to other authors.
      This approach reinforces the principle that pattern papers form a
      literature intended to capture and communicate existing practice. Both
      the papers and the workshop format are therefore in contrast to the more
      conventional approaches found in academic and commercial conferences.

      Each writers' workshop contains around five to eight papers. A session
      of around one hour is devoted to each paper. The workshop attendees will
      have read the papers allocated to the workshop prior to the conference.
      During the session the author of the paper under discussion remains
      silent while the other authors discuss it, explaining what additional
      insights and views they have, offering constructive criticism
      throughout. While this may sound daunting at first, the workshops are
      moderated by an experienced leader to promote an atmosphere in the
      session that is constructive and helpful to the author.
      Authors should stay with the workshop containing their
      papers over the entire conference. Non-authors should select a workshop
      of interest and, once selected, also remain with that group throughout
      the conference. This stability encourages communication, ensures the
      consistency of feedback and enables the group to develop a good rapport.

      Before pattern papers are accepted for a writers' workshop, they are
      shepherded non-anonymously. This means that if you submit a pattern
      paper, an experienced pattern author will get in touch with you to
      discuss your submission. Shepherding is an integral and iterative part
      of the submission process intended to assist you in improving your paper
      prior to the conference. You may want to consult the "Pattern language
      of Shepherding" at
      in order to understand more about the shepherding process and what is
      expected of you as an author.

      At the end of the shepherding process, the shepherd and the programme
      committee decide whether a paper is ready for a writers' workshop.
      Experience shows that, after shepherding, most submitted papers qualify.
      Because the focus of the writers' workshops is on feedback and
      improvement, papers are not considered final even when they have been
      workshopped. Authors incorporate the feedback they receive at the
      writers' workshop into their papers before the papers go into the final
      proceedings the year following the conference.

      Topics of Interest

      Historically, the patterns papers at PLoP conferences have focused
      on aspects of programs and their production. This includes aspects of
      software systems, such as programming, software architecture, analysis
      and data modeling, project management and education.

      Patterns might be so specific as to name particular objects,
      interface elements or implementation structures in a solution; or so
      general as to describe high-level architectures. They could describe
      configurations of hardware, software or even people. More recently,
      PLoP conferences have included papers on topics not related to
      programs. These papers are also also welcome.

      Your patterns need not cover original subject matter, but it is
      important that they describe mature knowledge based on experience.
      Patterns also work together with other patterns. We encourage the
      submission of small collections of patterns that build on each other
      and above all, we encourage the submission of patterns that tie into
      the existing body of published pattern literature.

      We especially welcome submissions from first-time authors. For
      examples of patterns from past years, browse the material at the
      Patterns Home Page (http://www.hillside.net/patterns/).

      Submission Guidelines

      As at all PLoP conferences, we invite submissions of pattern papers
      that describe in pattern form an individual pattern, a collection of
      related patterns, or a fragment of a pattern language. The papers you
      submit for the conference are considered works-in-progress.

      After you submit your paper, you'll be assigned an experienced
      pattern author, or shepherd, who will help you improve your pattern
      for acceptance for a writers workshop at the conference. During the
      writers workshop, you'll get additional feedback on your paper from
      other patterns authors. Authors of papers that were not accepted for a
      writers' workshop may still attend the conference. As in previous
      years, we will have activities to develop pattern writing skills.

      Authors should send their papers in English in PDF format to the
      conference chairs no later than June 16. There is no limit on the
      length of submissions; they should be as long as necessary to fully
      describe the patterns (most papers submitted to previous PLoPs have
      been 20 pages or less).

      To ease the shepherding and workshop process, for submissions longer
      than 10 pages (2000 words) please designate a 10 page section to be
      reviewed in detail. When preparing your submission, remember that
      readers often prefer concise writing. Please contact the conference
      chairs if you have any other questions about the paper length, or how
      to select sections for detailed review.

      Submissions must be accompanied with the following information:

      1. The paper's title
      2. Author's name/s
      (if there is more than one author, indicate which author is the
      primary contact person)
      3. Email addresses for all authors
      4. Postal address for the primary contact
      5. Phone number for the primary contact
      6. An abstract for the submission
      (important: shepherds will decide whether they will shepherd a
      paper or not based on this abstract.)


      All submitted papers will be initially published online on a web
      site available to the shepherds and other authors. The conference
      drafts will be published on the conference web site about three weeks
      in advance. Participants are encouraged to prepare for the conference
      by reading the papers.

      The final Conference Proceedings will appear about half a year after
      the conference. The papers will be published both in the proceedings
      and on the conference web site. The paper in the final Conference
      Proceedings will be a citable publication. Authors retain full
      copyright on their papers.


      Jason Baragry
      Software Development Research
      Norwegian Computing Center.
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