FW: [Foss4g2008loc] academic track

Antony Cooper ACooper at csir.co.za
Fri May 16 10:26:13 EDT 2008

Hi All

It might be better to have two ISBNs - one for the proceedings of the academic track, and one for CD in the delegate pack, which has the proceedings from all the tracks together with other material.  That way, the academic track is ring-fenced explicitly.

It would be best to submit a copy of the academic-track proceedings to Google Scholar, otherwise they probably won't see them.  Google Scholar tends to want the material they cross-reference to be available online, but it is my understanding that this will be the case in any event.

Regarding the title of the academic track proceedings, I would suggest:
"Proceedings of the academic track of the FOSS4G2008 Conference, incorporating the GISSA 2008 Conference, Cape Town, 29 September to 3 October 2008".

Otherwise, I agree with what Serena wrote.


>>> On 16 May 2008 at 12:08, in message
<EFD5295367266842A4FA779F598ED36905816FE2 at mail.mintek.ac.za>, "Gavin Fleming"
<GavinF at mintek.co.za> wrote:
> Hi all, here are some extracts from a message from Serena, who is
> coordinating the academic paper track and would like your input. Please
> reply to the list.
> --------
> There is no peer review process for the final paper, they just have to
> be of a certain length, around 2,500-3,000 words.  For SACJ, based on
> the reviews we will short list some of the abstracts ('substantial
> research questions' is key here and we hope to be able to see that from
> the abstract already).  The papers of the short listed abstracts will be
> peer reviewed (normal SACJ peer reviewing process), and all or some of
> them will be invited for submission to SACJ.  
> Below some thoughts about the program and proceedings from an earlier
> e-mail exchange between Inge, Antony and me.  It would be good if you
> could confirm these with the LOC:
> - Publish all the abstracts & programme in an abstract book, with a
> pocket programme. This will also be handed out in the delegate bag when
> delegates arrive at the conference.
> - The complete proceedings (academic and other) will be published in the
> OSGeo Journal (which does not have an ISSN).  Apparently this was done
> in 2007?
> - The complete proceedings (academic and other) will be published on a
> CD.  We will apply for an ISBN number for the CD of the proceedings.
> Each delegate will get a CD copy of the complete proceedings in their
> delegate bag when they arrive at the conference
> - A CD with the proceedings of the academic track only can be made on
> special request. Or should we hand these out to delegates who do an
> academic presentation?
> - The complete proceedings (academic and other) should be published
> online in a way that is searchable through Google, Google Scholar, etc.
> Can we do it on OSGeo and/or GISSA websites?
> Other questions about the proceedings:
> - Who is taking care of the costs of the program and CDs?  Is there any
> money allocated from the conference budget?  
> - For an ISBN number we need a title (I suggest 'Proceedings of the
> FOSS4G2008 Conference, 29 Sept - 3 Oct 2008'), authors (you and me) and
> a publisher (OSGeo and GISSA?)  Once we have confirmed these, I can
> apply for the ISBN (which as you know is very important for the academic
> proceedings).
>>From the academic track point of view, it is very important to get an
> ISBN and to publish the material online so that it can be referenced
> afterwards.
> Regards,
> Serena

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