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Journal of Digital Information announces a Special Issue on
Future Visions of Common-use Hypertext

*linked to a panel session at ACM Hypertext '03

Special issue Editors: Helen Ashman and Adam Moore, University of Nottingham

Submission deadline: 18 September 2003
Publication: November 2003

Submissions are sought for a special issue for the Hypermedia Systems theme
of JoDI on visions of the future of 'common use' hypertext. This special
issue is linked to a panel session at ACM Hypertext '03, where alternative
digital futures incorporating hypertext as a primary mechanism will be
discussed by a panel of experts.

The Web has been the dominant public perception of hypertext for over 10
years now. There are, of course, many other hypertext systems, that could
augment, live alongside, or even completely replace the Web. The aim of
this special issue, and of the related panel discussion, is to investigate
the viability of these alternative systems, and to consider how their
everyday use can simplify the processes of reading and writing,
understanding and thinking in the working and recreational activities of
large numbers of people.

Submissions to the special issue should firstly describe the system or
concept that the author proposes for everyday hypertext use, and outline
the benefits they will bring to large sections of the population,
discussing where would they be deployed, how would they be used, and by
whom. These systems or concepts could include complete alternative
hypertext management systems, scenarios for using hypermedia in ways that
have a radical effect on some everyday activity (such as reading, writing,
learning, imagining) or could comprise supplementary technologies for the
Web, (such as addressing, searching, retrieving, authoring, or any other
core technology of an everyday hypertext system).

The remainder of the paper should then address the more speculative
questions such as: with virtually unlimited resources, how should the
vision of interconnected information, embodied by the hypertext system or
concept, be realised over the next ten years? What technologies would be
used? Would they be built on any existing infrastructure, and how far back
would there be any useful foundations for a useful point to start again?
What long-term impact on work and recreation could be expected from these

The primary characteristic of the system or concept in your submission
should be that "one day, everyone will do it this way".

There is no fixed length for submissions. Papers will be reviewed by at
least one member of the conference panel discussion group together with
other selected referees. Authors of accepted papers will be able to modify
their papers, with final versions of papers due by 6th November.


Authors should submit their papers electronically using the submission form
Selecting the title or editor for this issue from the Theme or Editor
drop-down box will alert the editor to your submission automatically.
Before submitting please take note of the journal's Guidelines for
Submission: Notes for Authors

Authors who wish to submit a paper with unusual features are requested to
contact the Special issue Editor prior to submission. Please send any
queries on the special issue or on the Hypermedia Systems theme to Helen
Ashman, [log in to unmask]

A copy of this call can be found at

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