[uf-discuss] CFP microformat?

Tantek Ç elik tantek at cs.stanford.edu
Sat May 20 12:13:46 PDT 2006


A good first step might be to see if you can get these conferences just
using hCalendar to start with, to both markup the datetimes of upcoming
conferences, and for each conference, marking up the datetimes of all the

If they can be talked into that, then there is a stronger case for pursuing
a CFP microformat.

If they can't be talked into even using hCalendar, then it is highly
unlikely that they would be talked into using something even more complex.

Start with encouraging these folks to use hCalendar, and that will be a good
indicator of how to proceed.



On 5/20/06 12:03 PM, "Michael McCracken" <michael.mccracken at gmail.com>

> I saw the example from the University of Mannheim's Laboratory for
> Dependable Distributed systems, and that does indeed seem like a good
> solution for the tracking dates and locataions of upcoming
> conferences. I don't think it'd solve the problem of searching based
> on paper topics. Maybe adding topics as tags to the events would work?
> I'm a little out of my depth here, so here's a basic question: suppose
> you want to build an aggregator for CFPs (like eventseer.net, only
> with better filtering), I'm assuming it has to spider the web and look
> for vevents that are CFPs. How does it know that a given set of events
> are CFPs?
> Basically, the tool I want to use is a site that shows me a calendar
> and lets me see when all the conferences are and when their deadlines
> are, over the course of the next 6-9 months. I should be able to
> narrow the results by topic and location, then select ones to import
> into iCal.
> As a counterpoint to that imagined tool, see the ACM's conference
> submission calendar. It makes impossible to get a quick idea of what's
> coming up:
> http://campus.acm.org/public/cfpcal/index.cfm
> -mike
> On 5/20/06, Ryan King <ryan at technorati.com> wrote:
>> On May 20, 2006, at 2:24 AM, Michael McCracken 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.
>> Sounds like hCalendar's vevent and vtodo would be sufficient.
>> -ryan
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