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*What is Qwikipedia?*
Ever been on Wikipedia to look up an article? More often than not, we start
with one topic, click a few links and within no time are reading about
Qwikipedia is a game that tries to quench this curiosity in us. The
objective is to get to a particular wiki page, starting from a specific
article, using minimal clicks. There is no single correct answer, so we
might surprise ourselves by finding new routes each time!
Ambulance —> Christopher Reeves
We're all familiar with the ear-piercing siren that accompanies an
ambulance passing by. Though we usually associate the ambulance with
emergency situations, there are also a class of vehicles called non-urgent
ambulances which transport patients without an urgent acute condition. A
class of ambulances called 'Quick response vehicles' are used reach a
patient quickly and provide on-scene care. These may even be motorcycles or
bicycles and may not have the capacity to transport the patient from the
scene. Today ambulances have advanced so much that most have two-way radio
systems and air-conditioning.
Defined as the process of altering the conditions of air to make it more
favourable, air-conditioning has become something many people in cities
around the world take for granted. It includes any kind of technological
cooling, heating, ventilating or disinfecting. Usually this is done using a
simple refrigeration cycle but sometimes the principles of evaporation is
used. Cornell University graduate Willis Carrier invented the first modern
electrical air-conditioning unit in 1902. The brand Carrier is named after
him. As comfortable as life with an AC is, constant exposure to air
conditioned environments can make you sick especially if the AC is not well
This American Ivy league University is located in New York. Cornell
University was founded in 1865 on the farm of U.S. Senator Ezra Cornell. It
was inaugurated in 1868 with 412 men who enrolled. Their website claims
that today their main campus has 20,000 students representing 120 countries
who choose from among 4,000 courses in 11 undergraduate, graduate, and
Among the famous alumni of Cornell University are Nobel Laureate Barbara
McClintock, Tata Group's Ratan Tata, pacemaker inventor Wilson Greatbatch
and Superman actor Christopher Reeves.
Most famous for his portrayal of the 1978 Superman film, Christopher Reeves
did not lead an easy life. In 1995, he was thrown off a horse during a
competition and damaged his spinal cord.
He became a quadriplegic meaning he was paralysed from neck down. This did
not mean that Reeves gave up on life however. He went on to become an
activist standing up for the needs of people with spinal cord injuries and
founded a research center to further the cause. He died in 2004.
*So the path that we have traversed today is:*
Ambulance —> Air-conditioning —> Cornell University —> Christopher Reeves
Three clicks! Hop over. Its time for the next question:
Dickie Bird —> X-Men
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Call for Submissions: Community Track at WikSym + OpenSym 2013, the Joint
International Symposium on Open Collaboration
WikiSym, the 9th International Symposium on Wikis and Open Collaboration
OpenSym, the 2013 International Symposium on Open Collaboration
August 5-7, 2013 | Hong Kong, China
In-cooperation with ACM SIGWEB and ACM SIGSOFT. Archived in the ACM Digital
Community track submission deadlines:
* Regular deadline: May 17, 2013
The 2013 Joint International Symposium on Open Collaboration (WikiSym +
OpenSym 2013) is the premier conference on open collaboration research and
practice, including wikis and social media, Wikipedia, free, libre, and open
source software, open access, open data and open government research. WikiSym
is in its 9th year and will be complemented by OpenSym, a new conference on
open collaboration research and practice and an adjunct to the successful
WikiSym conference series. WikiSym + OpenSym 2013 is the first conference to
bring together the different strands of open collaboration research and
practice, seeking to create synergies and inspire new collaborations between
computer scientists, social scientists, legal scholars, and everyone
interested in understanding open collaboration and how it is changing the
world. Read more about the conference at http://opensym.org/wsos2013/about
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: COMMUNITY TRACK
The following types of papers can be submitted to the community track:
* Experience report long and short: A regular presentation slot (30min) will
* Workshop proposals: A workshop slot (half-day or full-day) is provided at
* Panel proposals: A session (90min) discussion slot for the panel will be
* Demo proposals: Space and time is provided during the demo session (90min)
* Tutorial proposals: A tutorial slot (90min) is provided at the conference
Submissions are reviewed by the community track committee for their interest
to the WikiSym + OpenSym community in general. For questions about community
track submissions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us:
Experience reports are an integral part of the conference program. These are
opportunities to discuss how ideas that sound good on paper (and at
conferences!) work in real life projects and deployments. Many attendees want
to learn from people on the front lines what it is like to do things like
start a company wiki, use open collaboration tools in a classroom, or build a
political campaign around open collaboration systems.
Experience reports are not research papers; their goal is to present
experience and reflections on a particular case, and they are reviewed for
usefulness, clarity and reflection. Strong experience reports discuss both
benefits and drawbacks of the approaches used and clearly call out lessons
learned. Reports may focus on a particular aspect of technology usage and
practice, or describe broad project experiences.
Experience reports can be long (up to 10 pages) or short (up to 4 pages). A
long experience report will receive a regular 30 minute presentation slot, a
short experience report will receive a shorter presentation slot.
Workshops provide an opportunity for researchers and practitioners to discuss
and learn about topics that require in-depth, extended engagement such as new
systems, research methods, standards, and formats.
Workshop proposals should describe what you intend to do and how your session
will meet the criteria described above. It should include a concise abstract,
proposed time frame (half-day or full-day), what you plan to do during the
workshop, and one-paragraph biographies of all organizers.
Workshop proposals will be reviewed and selected for their interest to the
community. Each accepted workshop will be provided with a meeting room for
either a half or full day. Organizers may also request technology and
materials (projector, flip pads, etc).
Panels provide an interactive forum for bringing together people with
interesting points of view to discuss compelling issues around open
collaboration. Panels involve participation from both the panelists and
audience members in a lively discussion. Proposals for panels should describe
the topics and goals and explain how the panel will be organized and how the
Wikisym + OpenSym community will benefit. It should include a concise abstract
and one-paragraph biographies of panelists and moderators. Panel submissions
will be reviewed and selected for their interest to the community. Each panel
will be given a 90-minute time slot.
No format is better suited for demonstrating the utility of new collaboration
technologies than showing and using them. Demonstrations give presenters an
opportunity to show running systems and gather feedback. Demo submissions
should provide a setup for the demo, a specific description of what you plan
to demo, what you hope to get out of demoing, and how the audience will
benefit. A short note of any special technical requirements should be included.
Demo submissions will be reviewed based on their relevance to the community.
All accepted demos will given space at a joint demo session (90 minutes)
during the conference.
Tutorials tutorials are half-day classes, taught by experts, designed to help
professionals rapidly come up to speed on a specific technology or
methodology. Tutorials can be lecture-oriented or participatory. Tutorial
attendees deserve the highest standard of excellence in tutorial preparation
and delivery. Tutorial presenters are typically experts in their chosen topic
and experienced speakers skilled in preparing and delivering educational
presentations. When selecting tutorials, we will consider the presenter’s
knowledge of the proposed topic and past success at teaching it.
SUBMISSION INFORMATION AND INSTRUCTIONS
There are two submission deadlines, an early and a regular one. The early
deadline is for those who need to know early that their community track
submission has been accepted. This mostly applies to workshops that require a
program committee and their own paper submission and review process (as
opposed, for example, to walk-in workshops). Also, some may need the
additional time to raise funds and acquire a visa.
Submissions should follow the standard ACM SIG proceedings format. For advice
and templates, please see
http://www.acm.org/sigs/publications/proceedings-templates. All papers must
conform at time of submission to the formatting instructions and must not
exceed the page limits, including all text, references, appendices and
figures. All submissions must in PDF format.
All papers and proposals should be submitted electronically through EasyChair
using the following URL:
SUBMISSION AND NOTIFICATION DEADLINES
* Early submission deadline: March 17, 2013
* Notification for early submissions: March 31, 2013
* Regular submission deadline: May 17, 2013
* Notification for regular submissions: May 31, 2013
* Camera-ready for both rounds: June 9, 2013
As long as it is May 17 somewhere on earth, your submission will be accepted.
COMMUNITY TRACK PROGRAM COMMITTEE
Regis Barondeau (Université du Québec à Montréal)
Dirk Riehle (Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg)
Website: http://dirkriehle.com - Twitter: @dirkriehle
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