International Conference on Web Information Systems and Technologies

Barcelona, 3 – 6 March, 2007

Organized by the Institute for Systems and Technologies of Information, Control and Communication (INSTICC) with the collaboration of the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) endorsed by IW3C2 (The International World Wide Web Conference Committee)

Important dates:
Full paper submission: October 30, 2006
Acceptance notification: December 12, 2006
Final paper submission and registration: January 8, 2007

The conference has a double-blind review process and all accepted papers will be published in the proceedings under an ISBN.

Furthermore, the best papers of the conference will be published in a Springer book, on the special series “Web Information Systems and Technologies”.

Some papers may be selected for extended version publication in an international journal.

Blackboard or Dr. Evil?

This is serious business that I picked up from Stephen Downes today at OLDaily. Evidently, Blackboard has managed to patent their LMS structure — and in so doing, the US Patent and Trademark Office seems to be granting them ownership of much of the generic architecture of LMS systems. Yikes! I’d imagine the folks at Drupal noticed this today. Anyway, if you want to read more, or even better, if you want to squawk about it, check out the post today at Michael Felstein’s blog.

AERA call for papers deadline approaching

This is just a reminder that the 2007 AERA All Academic Submission System is open for individuals wishing to submit a proposal for consideration of presentation at the 2007 AERA Annual Meeting, April 9-13 in Chicago, IL. The submission system will close on August 1 for Divisions: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, and J, and August 2 for Divisions: K and L, and all SIG’s and committees. Without exception no submission will be accepted after the respective closing dates of August 1 and August 2.

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Best regards,

Robert Smith, CMP, CMM
Director of Meetings
American Educational Research Association