[uf-discuss] CFP microformat?

Michael McCracken michael.mccracken at gmail.com
Sat May 20 11:42:38 PDT 2006

Hi, I agree that it's a pretty niche idea, especially since many
disciplines don't place as much importance on conference publications
as computer science does.

I'll share the examples I had, but should I do this on the wiki if
it's not as likely to turn into a microformat?


On 5/19/06, Tantek Çelik <tantek at cs.stanford.edu> wrote:
> Hi Mike,
> While this is starting to feel less like a general (80%) and more like a
> vertical (20%) application/use case, having had to deal with CFPs myself,
> I'm certainly sympathetic.
> I'd say to start with, compile a list of URLs to examples of CFPs on the web
> so we can start to document the actual common elements in use in real-world
> CFPs.
> Whether or not we end up with a microformat, documenting common CFP
> publishing behaviors is likely to be beneficial.
> Thanks,
> Tantek
> On 5/19/06 5:24 PM, "Michael McCracken" <michael.mccracken at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Hi all, I'd like to start some discussion into a call-for-papers microformat.
> >
> > Here's the problem to solve:
> >
> > Publications at conferences are important for many academics' careers.
> > Keeping track of submission and event dates and locations - and time
> > zones - is important. Doing that  with less effort would be a big
> > improvement. Right now most CFP's are distributed by email and posted
> > on the conference web site in a lightly marked-up version of the
> > email. Possibly the most common way to find out about conference
> > details is to forwarded a CFP email by one's advisor, who gets spammed
> > regularly with those emails. There are problems with that system -
> > email loss, no good filter (there are bogus conferences), checking for
> > deadline updates is common, and manual.
> >
> > A microformat to mark up calls for papers could make it easier for
> > authors to find conferences they're interested in, keep track of them,
> > and plan publications. It could make it much easier to publicize
> > conferences, which now involves manually* submitting to various
> > databases and finding appropriate mailing lists to spam.
> >
> > I already have a few examples and some notes on what they have in
> > common - it's not too complex - but I wanted to put this idea out
> > before I went ahead and created a wiki page, in case someone can
> > suggest a more general solution that would work better.
> >
> > One note is that it certainly isn't just an hEvent - a CFP usually
> > contains at least a description, a list of related topic keywords, at
> > least two date ranges, and information about several people and
> > institutions.
> >
> > So, what do you think, folks?
> > -mike
> >
> > * "manually" in this context may just mean "manually telling your grad
> > students to do it", but still...
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Michael McCracken
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