[Taxacom] Call for Demonstrations at SPNHC DemoCamp

Amanda Neill aneill at brit.org
Wed Feb 10 12:48:36 CST 2010

Call for Demonstrations:

DemoCamp at SPNHC & CBA-ABC Joint Conference, May 31- June 5, 2010,
Ottawa, Ontario Canada.


Please see the following document (pasted below my signature) for
information on how to submit an abstract for SPNHC DemoCamp.  The same
information (and a link to a PDF of the announcement) is available from
the SPNHC 2010 Program page (http://www.spnhc-cba2010.org/program.html)
and more directly, from the News page


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Feel free to forward it elsewhere.



Amanda K. Neill

Director of the Herbarium (BRIT-SMU-VDB)

Botanical Research Institute of Texas

500 E. 4th St. 

Fort Worth TX 76102    USA

phone  817-332-4441 ext. 217

fax  817-332-4112

aneill at brit.org


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SPNHC 2010 DemoCamp: Call for Demonstrations


Submissions of proposals are solicited for DemoCamp session
presentations at the Society for the Preservation of Natural History
Collections (SPNHC) conference in Ottawa, May 31-June 5, 2010.  DemoCamp
provides a venue for creators to promote their technological solutions
to advance the field of museum curation with broad applications for
biology and biodiversity informatics.

Computer demonstrations are welcomed in any technologies relevant to
biologists, collections managers, or biodiversity information managers.
Technologies demonstrated may include, among other things, collections/
transaction management software, georeferencing web-based applications,
and programs for analysis of data/ images.  DemoCamp presentations
should feature some of the latest developments in currently available
products/ software/ applications as well as on-going research projects
and prototypes.

Live demonstrations of these technologies will raise awareness of new
(and improved) tools available for data acquisition, documentation, and
synthesis.  Demonstrations will also provide a venue for idea exchange
and feedback from potential users.  Demonstration abstracts will appear
in the conference proceedings.




The typical, strictly-timed format of a DemoCamp gives each presenter 15
minutes for a presentation plus 5 minutes for questions.  No PowerPoints
or other "canned" presentations are allowed.  Only live demonstrations
of functional software or applications may be presented.  


Demonstrators must provide their own laptops with all necessary software
installed.  A projector and internet connection will be provided.



Demonstration proposals (abstracts) must be submitted by March 31, 2010.
Abstracts should be prepared according to the guidelines defined on the
conference website (http://www.spnhc-cba2010.org/abstract.html) and must
be submitted electronically via the registration system at
http://www.regonline.ca/Checkin.asp?EventId=725500. The submissions will
undergo peer review. At least one author should register and attend the

*       The abstract should emphasize the purpose of the technology and
the intended audience or users of the technology.  What are the major
components of the product?  What is novel about the solution you
present?  Compare your technology with similar products if such exist.
Is your product currently available to prospective users or still under
development?  Is your product proprietary or open source? Is it software
or a web-based application?

In addition to the normal abstract submission requirements for SPNHC
2010, a COPY of your submitted abstract should be sent to the session
organizer, Amanda Neill, at aneill at brit.org.


Accepted Abstracts

All submissions will be acknowledged within a few days.  Proposals will
be reviewed for relevance, innovation, technical quality, and greatest
predicted appeal to the SPNHC audience.  Demonstrations will be selected
by the DemoCamp organizing committee.  Accepted abstracts will be
required to provide a description of technical details (licensing,
platforms supported, etc.) in a standard factsheet that will be
distributed to all attendees.

Further details on the date and time of the demonstration session(s)
will be determined and provided at a later date.  Please send any
inquiries to the session organizer at aneill at brit.org.

Important Dates

*	March 31, 2010              Abstract submissions due
*	April 16, 2010                Notification of acceptance/
*	May 1, 2010                  Factsheets for accepted demos due
*	May 31-June 5, 2010      SPNHC & CBA-ABC joint conference



Amanda K. Neill, Director of the Herbarium, Botanical Research Institute
of Texas, Fort Worth TX USA


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