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International Journal of E-Services and Mobile Applications

Call for papers for a special issue

International Journal of E-Services and Mobile Applications

Mobile services

Background and contributions sought

Amount of companies operating in the mobile communications business has increased. Consumers and companies have started to use different types of mobile services. Both managers and academics have realized emerging mobile service phenomenon. Inspired by the shire number and quality of mobile services this special issue collects rigorous and relevant original papers devoted to this topic. Especially welcomed are papers focusing on either consumer focused mobile services or business-to-business specific mobile services.

Practical and theoretical papers with empirical data or not addressing the mobile service phenomenon are equally valid and can be submitted to the special issue. Empirical data can be based e.g. on case study, surveys, focus groups and ethnographies.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to the following:

• Consumer attitudes or perceptions of usage of different mobile services

• Cultural differences in consumers attitudes or perceptions towards mobile service usage

• Consumers acceptance of mobile services

• Cultural differences in consumers acceptance of mobile services

• Consumers usage of mobile services

• Cultural differences in usage of mobile services

• Mobile service typologies – types

• Value creation logic or business logic of mobile services

• Value chain and networks formed for mobile service creation and commercialization

• Roles that companies have in value chain

• Mobile ticketing

• Mobile banking

• Mobile virtual social worlds and communities

• Mobile healthcare

• Mobile reminder services

• Evaluation of current and future state of mobile services

• Mobile virtual/social communities

• Context or location based (whether, time, user profile, phone information, humidity etc.) mobile services

Guest editor
Jari Salo, University of Oulu, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Department of Marketing,

Submissions and enquiries of suitability of the topic can be submitted special issue editor and optional abstract review is arranged for the authors.


Deadline for optional abstracts: August 15, 2008

Full papers: November 15, 2008

Notification of acceptance: December 31, 2008

Revised paper due: January 31, 2009

Publication: No .1, Vol. 4, October – December, 2009

Submission guidelines and detailed information about the journal is available online

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DB 2009, The First International Conference on Advances in Databases


DB 2009, The First International Conference on Advances in Databases

March 1-6, 2009 – Gosier, Guadeloupe/France

General page:

Call for Papers:

Submission deadline: October 1, 2008

Submissions will be peer-reviewed, published by IEEE CPS, posted in IEEE Digital Library, and indexed with the major indexes.

Extended versions of selected papers will be published in IARIA


Please note the Poster Forum special submission with on progress and challenging ideas.

DB 2009 Special Areas (details in the CfP on site):

>> >> Advances in fundamentals on databases >>

Foundations and architectures; Design features (data quality, performance, robustness, scalability, security, privacy, parallel and distributed approaches, mobility, etc.); Data quality, data structures, and data modeling; Advanced indexing methods; Advanced ranking algorithms and uncertainty; Physical organization and performance; Federated choreographies; Temporal conformance; Evolutionary clustering and dynamic hierarchical clustering

Databases and other domains

Leading-edge database technology and applications; Heterogeneous databases interoperability and mediation; Databases and Web services; Databases and artificial intelligence; Databases and agents; Advances in database management systems; Advanced transaction and workflow management; Advances on XML and databases

Databases technologies

Embedded databases; Very large scale databases; Spatial and spatio-temporal databases; Data warehousing; Multimedia databases; Semantic databases; Data integration resources on the Internet; Object-oriented databases; Web-based databases; Deductive and active databases

Databases content processing

Mining for complex data; Mining for text, video, and pictures; Knowledge discovery and classification; Process mining; Scalable data extraction; Query processing and optimization; Query rewrite rules; Navigational path expressions; Load-balancing in accessing distributed databases; Incompleteness, inconsistency, uncertainty; Storage and replication; Patterns and similarities in data streams; Fast matching; Multiple views

Specifics on application domains databases

Advanced database applications; Bioinformatics databases; Healthcare databases; Finance and marketing databases; Telecom databases; Geospatial databases; Census databases; Meteorological databases; Business intelligence databases; e-Business databases


IARIA Publicity Board


Using Emerging Technologies in Distance Education


Proposal Submission Deadline: September 1, 2008

Using Emerging Technologies in Distance Education
edited by George Veletsianos (University of Manchester, UK)

Part of the Issues in Distance Education series
edited by Terry Anderson (Athabasca University, Canada)

and planned publication online and in paper format by Athabasca University Press as an
Open Access publication

For complete information go to: or


Emerging technologies – such as virtual worlds, serious games, wikis, and social networking sites – have been heralded as technologies that are powerful enough to transform learning and teaching. Nevertheless, minimal work has investigated the affordances of such tools in the context of distance education. Most often, the literature presents a description of such technologies along with classroom integration ideas, presenting an incomplete picture of how such technologies are used in distance education. In particular, the goal of this book is to amalgamate work in the use of emerging technologies to design, enhance and deliver distance education. Researchers and practitioners interested in the above issues reside in varied academic domains, rendering the sharing and dissemination of their work a formidable task. Via this book, we hope to harness dispersed knowledge and multidisciplinary perspectives. The target audience is both members of research communities and innovative distance education practitioners.


The book will be limited to the use of emerging technologies for distance education. Recommended emerging technologies of interest for the book include, but are not limited, to:
• Blogs
• Microblogging platforms,
• Wikis and Wikibooks
• Social Networking Sites
• Virtual worlds
• Video games
• Cell/mobile phones and devices,
• Virtual characters, Avatars, and Pedagogical Agents
• Web 2.0 and data mashups
• Pod and video casts
• Online grassroots video
• Open Educational Resources and Open Access Technologies
• Pod usage production models

Invited Submissions

The book will consist of chapters (5,000 – 8,000 words) showcasing best practices, illustrating and analyzing how emerging technologies have been used in diverse distance learning and teaching areas. Via such work, it is expected that each chapter will contribute a list of ideas and factors that need to be considered when emerging technologies are adopted for distance teaching and learning. Equally important, contributing authors should highlight the pedagogical, organizational, cultural, social, economic, or political factors that influence the adoption and success/failure of emerging technologies.


This book is intended to be used as a one stop locale for work relating to the use of emerging technologies in distance education. As such, it is expected to be relevant to researchers, practitioners, and students. Importantly, due to the fact that interested parties reside in multiple disciplines and academic departments, chapters should be accessible to a broad audience.

Submission Procedure

By September 1, 2008: Submit a 1-2 page chapter proposal summarizing the intended submission.
Papers should be submitted via email to: veletsianos |AT|

October 1, 2008: Author notification along with chapter guidelines

December 1, 2008: Full chapters are due.

All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis.
Expected Publication date is late 2009.

George Veletsianos
Learning Technologies
University of Minnesota

15th Reference Research Forum, 2009

Call for Presentations

The Research and Statistics Committee of the Reference Services Section of RUSA invites the submission of research projects for presentation at the 15th Reference Research Forum at the 2009 American Library Association Annual Conference in Chicago, IL.

The Reference Research Forum continues to be one of the most popular and valuable programs during the ALA Annual Conference, where attendees can learn about notable research projects conducted in the broad area of reference services such as user behavior, electronic services, reference effectiveness, and organizational structure and personnel. All researchers, including reference practitioners from all types of libraries, library school faculty and students, and other interested individuals, are encouraged to submit a proposal.

For examples of projects presented at past Forums, please see the Committee’s website:

The Committee employs a “blind” review process to select two projects for 25 minute presentations, followed by open discussion. Winning submissions must be presented in person at the Forum in Chicago.

Criteria for selection:
• Quality and creativity of the research design and methodologies;
• Significance of the study for improving the quality of reference service;
• Potential for research to fill a gap in reference knowledge or to build on previous studies;
• Research projects may be in-progress or completed;
• Previously published research or research accepted for publication will not be accepted

Proposals are due by Monday, January 5, 2009. Notification of acceptance will be made by Friday, March 20, 2009. The submission must not exceed two pages. Please include:

1. A cover sheet including your name(s), title(s), institutional affiliation(s), mailing address(es), fax number(s) and email address(es).

2. The second page should NOT show your name, any personal information, or the name of your institution. Instead, it must include:
a. Title of the project;
b. Explicit statement of the research problem;
c. Description of the research design and methodologies used;
d. Brief discussion of the unique contribution, potential impact, and significance of the research.

Please send submissions by email to:

Liane Luckman
Chair, RUSA RSS Research and Statistics Committee
312.745.3858 (phone)

Informing Science & IT Education Conference: InSITE 2009

held on the campus of
Macon State College, Macon, Georgia, USA
J u n e 12 – 15, 2 0 0 9

Submissions Due by November 30, 2008
Conference Chair: Alex Koohang
Local Affairs Director: Olivia Cook
Organizing Committee: Kevin Floyd, Liz Riley, Julie Santiago, Richard Spiers, Terry Smith

Mentoring One Other: The Professionally Supportive Conference

Suggested topics include IT Education, Distance Education and Learning Objects, Intelligence, Organizations and Systems, Communications, Communicating Meaning, Community and Society, Computer Science, eCommerce, Government, Information Science, Applied Computer Science, Journalism, Justice and Law, Philosophical Issues, Psychology, Sociology, Working Together

InSITE(Informing Science + IT Education) conference solicits papers in any area that explores issues in effectively and efficiently informing clients through IT (information technology) and papers on IT education.

Some of the areas that can be covered under the two proposed guidelines are: Business Intelligence, Business Process Management, Communications, Communicating Meaning, Community and Society, Computer Science, eCommerce, Education, Government, Information Science, IT, Journalism, Justice and Law, Mathematics, Philosophical Issues, Psychology, Sociology, Working Together.

It will be useful to review papers presented at previous conferences. They can be found at

Submission Deadline:

November 30, 2008

Send questions to the organizers at:

Submissions Instructions:

The language of the conference is English. All papers will be double-blind reviewed by six or more reviewers. At least one reviewer will be external to the conference. All papers must be original, unpublished, and not currently under review by any other publication or conference. By submitting the manuscript for consideration, authors stipulate that they hold the copyright to the manuscript and, upon acceptance, transfer it to the Informing Science Institute. Authors also agree to assume all liability in case of copyright dispute.

Highly rated papers will be fast-tracked for publication in an Informing Science Institute journal.All other accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings.

Following are the specific requirements for each type of submission:

Research Papers should be submitted as complete papers (8-25 pages). Include a description of the context of use, the clients involved, the problem, and the proposed solution, if appropriate. Original thinking is valued.

Interactive Paper, Discussion Paper, and Practical Papers. Shorter papers (at least 8 pages) are also welcome. These let you share the ideas you have developed to date and receive constructive feedback.

Panel Discussions. Include a detailed description of the topic and identify four or more panelists who have agreed to attend the conference.

Format Instructions:

See for complete, detailed formatting details.
Strip from the submission the author�s name(s), affiliations, and any other information that identify the authors. This allows your manuscript to be blind reviewed.
Manuscripts submissions are accepted only in RTF and Word .doc format via the website
Each author may submit up to two papers as the only attending author.
For accepted paper to appear on the program and in print, at least one author must pay the registration fee by March 15, 2009.

2008 Research Symposium of the Special Interest Group on Human-Computer Interaction (SIG HCI), at the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) Annual Meeting

Human Computer Interaction in Information Intensive Environments
A Focus on Groups

Sunday Oct. 26, 2008, 8:30am-12:30pm, Hyatt Regency, Columbus, Ohio

Deadline August 18, 2008

This symposium will focus on the challenges of group and collaborative use of information systems. How do groups of two or more members access and use information, and what technologies best support these activities? While social computing has emerged as a phenomenon among distributed communities, we have yet to fully understand computing at the group level, whether face-to-face or in distributed environments. The following specific questions will be discussed:

How do groups use highly interactive computing technologies to access and use information?
What kinds of social interfaces provide the best support for information interaction within groups?
What is the role of sociability in information access and use?
How do we study and evaluate highly interactive computing technologies for groups?
Is usability the best paradigm for assessment of information systems and interfaces to support group interaction?

The symposium will include: a panel of experts who will discuss the challenges pertinent to group-based access to and use of information; a series of research paper presentations; and a poster session. The symposium will end with an award presentation for the best poster and best paper, and a lunch. We have planned for an extended break and lunch for participants to talk with one another, share insights, and perhaps hatch new collaborations and adventures.

Submissions are welcome in two categories:
1. Research papers: 3-4 pages (1,500-2,000 words)
2. Research posters: 1.5-2 pages (750-1,000) words

In both categories submissions should describe results from completed or ongoing research projects related to the symposium topic. Submissions should be emailed to by August 18, 2008; applicants will be notified by September 5th. Accepted submissions will be posted to the SIG website:

Registration for the Symposium:
Participants must register with ASIS&T at for the Symposium. Early registration for ASIS&T ends on September 12, 2008.
Symposium Fees (including lunch): Before September 12, 2008: Members: $85, Non-Members $100. After September 12, 2008: Members: $100, Non-Members: $115

Symposium Co-Chairs
Elaine Toms, Dalhousie University,
Anita Komlodi, University of Maryland,
Luanne Freund, University of British Columbia,

Symposium Organizing Committee
Heather O’Brien, University of British Columbia, Canada (Poster Chair)
Brian Detlor, McMaster University, Canada
Rick Kopak, University of British Columbia, Canada
Amanda Spink, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
Sandra Toze, Dalhousie University, Canada


Registration now open for November event

(July 14, 2008) SPARC, in partnership with SPARC Europe and SPARC Japan (an initiative of the National Institute of Informatics), is hosting the SPARC Digital Repositories Meeting 2008, November 17 and 18, at the Renaissance Harborplace Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland.

Librarians, researchers, funders, administrators, government officials, publishers, and technologists from around the world will share their experiences and best practices in building and supporting institutional and disciplinary digital repositories. The focus will be on effective engagement with scholars and scientists to expand the sharing of research outputs via open repositories.

The meeting program, being developed by a diverse and expert program committee, will delve into four key areas: The Policy Environment, New Horizons, Building Bridges: Campus Publishing Strategies, and Value-Added Services. These tracks will be supplemented with an Innovation Fair and a Practicum on marketing and advocacy.

The organizers now invite proposals to the Innovation Fair. The Innovation Fair is an event inspired by Open Repositories’ Minute Madness that invites participants to present, in no more than two or three minutes, innovative or creative approaches to:

Use of repository content (such as new publishing models, data visualizations, data-mining, mash-ups, educational resources, etc.)
Discovery of research outputs (such as area-of-interest profiling, peer-discovery channels, content recommendations, research news integration, discipline aggregations or information portals, etc.)
Value-added services (such as author bibliographies, usage reporting, research promotion, multi-target deposit, distributed discovery channels, content of interest alerts, deposit rights clearance, etc.)
Repository promotion (such as creative marketing techniques, slogans, graphics, elevator speeches, etc.)
Fair projects will be featured on the Crowdvine network for the conference at, where presenters will be asked to post their slide or graphic on the network in a blog post. Meeting participants will be encouraged to constructively comment, build, and expand upon them with new ideas through their own posts and graphics.

For details and to submit a proposal to the Innovation Fair, visit Submissions must be received no later than August 10.

The SPARC Digital Repositories Meeting 2008 is supported by major contributions from Microsoft (Conference Sponsor), Berkeley Electronic Press and BioMed Central (Coffee Break Sponsors), and by additional contributions from a number of Supporting Organizations.

This is the first North American SPARC digital repositories conference since the organization’s popular 2004 meeting, which drew hundreds of participants from around the globe and set the stage for some of the key developments of the past four years.

To register, book accommodation, and for more information, visit the conference Web site at

SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), with SPARC Europe and SPARC Japan, is an international alliance of more than 800 academic and research libraries working to create a more open system of scholarly communication. SPARC’s advocacy, educational and publisher partnership programs encourage expanded dissemination of research. SPARC is on the Web at

For more information:

Jennifer McLennan
Director of Communications
(The Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition)

GlobeNet 2009

March 1-6, 2009 – Guadeloupe, French Caribbean

see: *

GlobeNet 2009 is a federated event focusing on advances topics concerning the networking, systems, and databases. GlobeNet 2009 continues the tradition of well-established conferences, ICN and ICONS, and adds new trends on advances in databases (DB).

Submission deadline: October 1st , 2008

Submissions must be electronically done using the “Submit a Paper” button on the entry page of each conference.

For details on the each conference’s topics, see the individual Call for Papers for each conference.

Unpublished high quality contributions in terms of Regular papers and Forum posters are welcome. Workshop proposals and Panel proposals on challenging topics are encouraged.

Extended versions of selected papers will be published in IARIA on-line Journals and in Special issues of different journals mentioned on the entry page of each conference.

Submissions will be peer-reviewed, published by IEEE Computer Society Press, posted in IEEE Digital Library, and indexed via all the IEEE indexing agreements.

ICN 2009, The Eighth International Conference on Networks *

ICONS 2009, The Fourth International Conference on Systems*

DB 2009, The First International Conference on Advances in Databases*

ACHI 2009, The Second International Conferences on Advances in Computer-Human Interactions


ACHI 2009, The Second International Conferences on Advances in Computer-Human Interactions

February 1-6, 2009 – Cancun, Mexico

General page:

Call for Papers:

Submission deadline: September 1, 2008

Submissions will be peer-reviewed, published by IEEE CPS, posted in IEEE Digital Library, and indexed with the major indexes.

Extended versions of selected papers will be published in IARIA Journals:

Please note the Poster Forum special submission with on progress and challenging ideas.

ACHI 2009 Tracks (details in the CfP on site):

INTER: Interfaces

ORGUI: Organic user interfaces

HAPTIC: Haptic interfaces

SYSTEMS: Interactive systems

DEVICES: Interaction devices

DESIGN & EVAL: Interaction & interface design & evaluation

MODELS: Principles, theories, and models

USER: User modeling and user focus

PARADIGMS: Traditional and emerging paradigms

ACCESS: Usability and universal accessibility

HUM-ROBOTS: Human-robot interaction

HUM- AGENTS: Agents and human interaction

SOCIAL: Social aspects of human-computer interaction

GAMES: Computer games and gaming

EDUCATION: Human-computer interaction in education and training

MED APPS: Applications in medicine

TELECONF: Teleconferencing

APPLICATIONS: Other domain applications

Maternal Health and Well-Being

Call for Papers

The editorial board is seeking submissions for Vol. 11.1 of the
Journal of the Association for Research on Mothering (ARM)
to be published in Spring/Summer 2009.


Maternal Health and Well-Being (physical, psychological, social, economic, sexual, political and spiritual issues) The journal will explore the topic of Maternal Health and Well-Being from a
variety of perspectives and disciplines. We welcome submissions from scholars,
students, activists, health care professionals and other health workers,
artists, mothers and others who work or research in this area. Cross-cultural,
historical and comparative work is encouraged. We also welcome creative
reflections such as poetry, short stories, and artwork on the subject.

Topics can include (but are not limited to):
maternal health promotion and education; globalization and maternal health;
maternal health activism; reproductive justice; public policy and maternal
health; the environment and maternal health issues; mothers and healthy living;
maternal health and challenges within Indigenous communities; mothers with
disabilities; mothers with illnesses; HIV/AIDS; breast cancer; mental health
issues; postpartum depression; disease prevention; psychiatry; psychology;
medicine; pregnancy; childbirth; breastfeeding; young mothers; mothers and
aging; work and family balance; maternal nutrition; disordered eating;
mothering children with disabilities; violence against mothers and children;
sexual abuse, healing through the arts; addictions and recovery; raising
healthy children; politics of reproduction; abortion; sterilization; maternal
sexuality; maternal health promotion and education; LBGT maternal health
issues; menstruation; menopause; mothers and the health professions;
representations/images of mothers and health/well-being issues

Articles should be 15 pages (3750 words).
All should be in MLA style, WordPerfect or Word and IBM compatible.
Please see our style guide for complete details.
For more information, please contact us.

NOVEMBER 1, 2008


Please direct your submissions to:
Association for Research on Mothering (ARM)
726 Atkinson, York University, 4700 Keele Street, Toronto, ON M3J 1P3
Phone: 416-736-2100 X60366 Email:

We are grateful to the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
(SSHRCC) for its ongoing support of the journal.

Association for Research on Mothering (ARM)
Demeter Press
726 Atkinson, York University
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, ON,
Canada, M3J 1P3
416-736-2100 x60366 (fax) 416-736-5766