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Appendix 4 Conferences On WWW

Bruce Altner (, the Director of Technical Services of ARInternet Corporation has a vision for gatherings at the electronic meeting hall which combines the best features of the WWW (browsing, multimedia and hypertext capabilities, searching and information retrieval, file downloading and e-mail communication, to name just a few) within the format of the traditional poster paper session.

Electronic Conferences and Workshops

Here are some real life examples of Electronic Conferences and Workshops:

ChemConf'93 is available at the URL gopher://

NASA High Alpha Conference IV (high angle of attack) is available at the URL

The HIDEC Electronic Conference (the F-15 Highly Integrated Digital Electronic Control program) is available at the URL >

DL94:Proceedings of the First Annual Conference on the Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries is available at the URL

On-Line Proceedings of ACL-94 (Association of Computational Linguistics) is available at the URL

...and its post-conference workshops is available at the URL

1st Electronic Conference in Computational Chemistry (ECCC) is available at the URL

Reviews of Electronic Conferences

A discussion of the pros and cons of this type of online gathering, written by the ChemConf'93 organizer Dr. Tom O'Haver, is available at the URL gopher://

And as a wonderful example of self-referencing, a la Douglas Hofstadter's Godel, Escher, and Bach, see the URL

An example of an "after-the-fact" online conference is available at the URL

TaTTOO '95

TaTTOO '95 (Teaching and Training in The Technology of Objects) On-Line used state-of-the-art technology combining interactive multi-user virtual environments with the World-Wide Web to bring an International Conference and Trade Exhibition to the desktop. In the virtual conference objects such as delegates, rooms, personal business cards and leaflets could all be browsed on the Web. A virtual exhibition took place in TaTTOO/MOO, a virtual environment. The MOO was extended to make the objects in it Web-aware, so it was possible to browse the system using a Web client. TaTTOO '95 is available at the URL

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