AusWeb Publication Instructions
It's now time to format your paper for publishing. AusWeb will
use the same file for the Web site, the paper proceedings and
the CD-ROM. This drives some of the things we ask you to do when
The AusWeb Philosophy
Since its inception the AusWeb conference series has taken
a special approach to paper sessions that is aimed at encouraging
questioning, discussion and debate. We want encourage more time
for two way dialogue and have delegates spend less time being "talked
How do we do this? Firstly papers are put up on the Web a month
in advance of the conference so that delegates can select and
read those that interest them. They can then makes notes or prepare
questions and discussion points to use at the conference. If
you use the presentation link, remember all you need to do at
the time you submit your final paper is to include the link pathway
(and perhaps put a placeholder page so the you can test the link).
You can then build your presentation or just provide supporting
details at any time up to and even during the conference.
If your presentation is linked to your paper then your presentation
at the conference is simple. You just use the browser of your
choice and link to your paper and your presentation. You don't
even need to connect up your laptop to present. This is certainly
our preferred option, and will make life easier for you as well.
Remember your linked presentation page can have additional links
to other papers and addition data, as well as perhaps a photo
of yourself (so other delegates can recognise you at the conference).
Presenting Refereed Full Papers
Remember that because papers are published in advance of the
conference and because linked presentation facilities are provided,
your presentation time at the conference will be less than the
usual 25 minutes to present with 5 minutes for questions. In
fact you will be asked to present an overview of your paper and
its key points in 12 to 15 minutes.
We will also group papers into sessions (3 papers per 90 minute
session). If the presentations take 45 minutes total this leaves
45 minutes for questions and discussion. The format is probably
best described as short presentation followed by a mini panel
session. On average you have really been allocated the same amount
of time as the traditional conference format. The difference
is that more time is given over to questions and discussion.
Of course to answer a question you might want to go to your paper
or its linked information and in fact make another short presentation.
The time available allows for this.
Presenting Edited Short Papers/Posters
Even if you are just presenting a poster, we would still like
you to provide at least an abstract. And, of course, we would
strongly encourage you to add an edited short paper (up to 4
pages) as well. We will be assigning a special session at the
conference for attendees to circulate through the posters. Each
poster presenter will get a material covered board at least 900x1800
with floor frame, table and chair, and we will run 240V power
to each display area. We ask presenters to bring their own pins,
tape, velco, bluetack or what they will use to secure their display
material as we will not be able to supply this. If anyone has
special display requirements please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
As far as Internet access is concerned, we can provide wireless
(802.11b) for everyone. There may be some limited ethernet drops
depending upon onhow the network is configured but we won't
know this until much closer to the conference. We recommend that poster
presenters bring things self-contained on a laptop if they wish
to demo systems.
The index.html file contains a link to an online presentation.
This can either be an amplification of some aspects of your paper,
or the thing you will use to present your paper at the conference,
or perhaps both! It is essential you link this material to an external
server so that you can continue to work with it after the papers
are finalised and locked off for printing. Again, look at some
of the examples from last year for guidance.
Ausweb Online Proceedings
For those who haven't published at Ausweb before, each paper
gets its own directory on the server. Within that directory are
at least two files:
- index.html - contains the abstract, some metadata and links
to the full paper, a link to an optional online presentation
and a link to the rest of the conference
- paper.html - contains the full text of the paper (optional
for those submitting posters only)
Have a look at last year's proceedings at http://ausweb.scu.edu.au/aw07/conf/program.html to
see how this works in practice.
The directory you publish to also contains images referenced
by your paper, and anything else that makes that makes the paper
self-contained. The contents of the directory are used to generate
the print proceedings, the website and the CD-ROM.
You will need to generate the index.html and paper.html files
yourselves. Only HTML is acceptable.
The templates you need to fill in are index.html and paper.html.
Downloadable versions of these templates are available in
a ZIP archive. Please download the template archive file and
unzip it (Stuffit Expander for Mac OS will process it fine).
You can now fill in both files with your details and with the
content of your paper.
We really need the cleanest possible HTML, so please do not try
to recreate the templates using Frontpage or a similar editor
(let alone Microsoft Word!). If you do not have the skills to
edit the template using either a text editor or a good GUI editor
like Dreamweaver, please get assistance from someone who does.
This person will need to know enough HTML to be able to distinguish
between relative and absolute references (for example). Unfortunately
AusWeb staff simply don't have the time to fix up mistakes introduced
by using the wrong tool.
You will be contacted well before the conference with information
about how to upload your files via a browser-based system, and
also how to check the files once uploaded. Unfortunately those
working behind the scene for AusWeb do not have the time to assist
with getting papers mounted. If you feel you don't have the experience
or that you might have difficulty following the instructions we
suggest you seek the assistance of a Web-literate colleague
For further information, please contact the Program Chair,
Joanna Richardson, J.Richardson@griffith.edu.au.