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[EP 98] [PODDP 98 USA] [PODDP 98 Hong Kong]


International Workshop on Principles of Digital Document Processing

March 29--30, 1998

Saint Malo, France

PODDP 98 is the fourth in a series of international workshops that provide forums to discuss the modeling of systems that process digital documents using theories and techniques from, for example, computer science, mathematics, and psychology. PODDP 98 will take place in conjunction with the EP 98 Conference at the Palais des Congres, Saint Malo, France, which is held from April 1--3, 1998. (PODDP 98 is, however, a workshop and not a conference.) The workshop will be held on two days, Sunday, March 29 and Monday, March 30, 1998.

The charter of PODDP is deliberately ambitious and its scope broad. Indeed, we have added the adjective ``Digital'' to the series title to reflect the workshop's emphasis on multimedia documents. The current state of digital document systems can be characterized as a plethora of tools without a clear articulation of unifying principles and underlying concepts. The practical and commercial impact of these tools --- editors and formatters for many media (text, graphics, video, audio, animation) , composition systems, digital libraries, WWW, word processing systems, structured editors, document management systems --- is too pervasive and obvious to require further elaboration and emphasis.

With the rapid development in hardware technology (processors, memory, and high bandwidth networks), however, the notion of a document and of document processing itself is undergoing a profound change. The growing use of multimedia has expanded our notions about content, scale, and dynamicity of documents. To address these changes, we hope to bring to bear theories and techniques developed by researchers in other areas of science, mathematics, engineering and the humanities (such as databases, formal specification languages and methodologies, optimization, workflow analysis, and user interface design.)

PODDP is organized to promote a happy marriage between theories and techniques of digital documents and the systems that process them. PODDP provides an ideal opportunity for discussion and information exchange between researchers who are grappling with problems in ANY area relating to digital documents.

We invite researchers to submit papers that attempt to find a good balance between theory and practice. Papers should not exceed ten pages in length.

One author of each accepted paper will be expected to present the paper at the workshop. Presentations will last about 25 minutes with some time for questions.

We intend to produce the proceedings as a volume in the Springer-Verlag Lecture Notes in Computer Science series, as was done with the proceedings of PODP 96. Papers from PODP 92 and PODP 94 were published in special issues of the journal ``Mathematical and Computer Modelling'' (Pergamon Press).


Major topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
  • Automatic Generation of Documents
  • Digital Libraries
  • Digital Publishing Issues
  • Document Compilers
  • Document Databases
  • Document Dissemination
  • Document Management
  • Document Mining
  • Document Presentation
  • Document Recognition
  • Document Query Languages
  • Document Standards
  • Document Transformation
  • Hypertext and Hypermedia
  • HyTime
  • Information Retrieval
  • Intelligent Documents
  • Multimedia Documents
  • Multimedia Editing Systems
  • SGML, HTML, and XML
  • Theories of Documents
  • Theories of Media and Multimedia
  • World Wide Web

    You are invited to submit SIX copies of a detailed abstract or a complete paper by December 12, 1997 to either program co-chair:

  • Charles Nicholas, Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, UMBC, 1000 Hilltop Circle Baltimore, MD 21250 USA

  • Derick Wood, Department of Computer Science, HKUST, Clear Water Bay, Kowloon, HONG KONG.
  • Each submission should have a cover page, which indicates the name, affiliation, address, electronic mail address, and telephone number of the contact author. Submission by e-mail (to nicholas@cs.umbc.edu or to dwood@cs.ust.hk) is acceptable. In this case the paper should be in ASCII, LaTeX, or Postscript (in the latter case, it is crucial that there are line breaks).


  • Paper Submission Deadline: Friday, December 12, 1997
  • Notification of Acceptance: Monday, February 2, 1998
  • Copy Due for Preliminary Proceedings: Friday, February 27, 1998
  • PODDP 98 Workshop: Sunday--Monday, March 29--30, 1998
  • Final Version Due for Proceedings: Friday, May 1, 1998
  • Camera-Ready Proceedings to Publisher: Monday, June 1, 1998

    The program committee consists of researchers who are active in the area of digital documents, and researchers who are active in relevant areas of computer science, such as databases, and are interested in documents.
  • Howard Blair(USA)
  • Heather Brown(UK)
  • Anne Brueggemann-Klein(Germany)
  • Norbert Fuhr(Germany)
  • Richard Furuta(USA)
  • Heikki Mannila(Finland)
  • Ethan Munson(USA)
  • Makoto Murata(Japan)
  • Charles Nicholas(USA) Co-Chair
  • Cecile Roisin(France)
  • Derick Wood(Hong Kong) Co-Chair

    Palais des Congres, Saint Malo, France.


    The registration procedure will be announced in the call for participants in January, 1998.


    Further information will be available over the Web at UMBC and at HKUST, and via the PODP mailing list. To subscribe to PODP, send the message "subscribe PODP" without quotes, in the body (not the subject line) of an email message to majordomo@cs.umbc.edu. (As of 10 July, 1997, PODDP is an alias for PODP with respect to this list.)

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