SVG Open 2003
Conference and Exhibition

Vancouver, Canada · July 13-18, 2003

2nd Annual Conference on Scalable Vector Graphics

Call for Participation

If you have ideas, experience, products or strategies involving SVG, then this is your chance to tell the world! Come to share your valuable information with a diverse worldwide community of SVG developers, designers and users at this annual forum on all things Scalable, Vectorial and Graphical.

We invite all those interested in

to submit your proposals now.

Presenting a Paper

Presenters are asked to submit an extended abstract (approx. 400 to 800 words) by March 21, 2003 in XHTML 1.1 format. The abstracts are reviewed by a reviewing commitee and presenters informed about acceptance on or before April 11, 2003.

If your abstract is accepted, then you will be asked to submit your full paper and your presentation slides according to instructions that will be sent to you. Accepted abstracts, papers and presentations will be published on the conference CD and Web proceedings.

Publication in Refereed Journal

We have arranged in advance for the best two papers of the conference to be published in Computer Graphics Forum, the international journal of the Eurographics Association. Congratulations to last year's winners:

Herman, Ivan and Daniel Dardailler. "SVG Linearization and Accessibility", Computer Graphics Forum, Volume 21, Number 4, December 2002, p. 777-786, Blackwell Publisher, Oxford.

Cecconi, Alesandro and Martin Galanda. "Adaptive Zooming in Web Cartography", Computer Graphics Forum, Volume 21, Number 4, December 2002, p. 787-799, Blackwell Publisher, Oxford.


Based on the review of submitted abstracts, a number of people will be chosen to receive scholarships to assist them in attending the conference:

The BC Advanced Systems Institute has generously offered up to thirty scholarships for qualified students who submit papers to the conference, either for presentation or poster sessions. These scholarships will provide each recipient with a free gold pass. To be eligible for this, you must clearly specify your student status and your educational institution in the appropriate fields when entering your user data on our online system. For example,

Job Title: M.Sc. Student

Company/Organization: University of Victoria

In addition, one presenter will be awarded a scholarship to cover their travel and hotel expenses, courtesy of the Institute of Cartography, ETH Zurich.

Presentation Format

Presentations can take three standard formats:

  1. Regular Presentation:Spaced 45 minutes apart on the schedule, with approximately 35 minutes spent on the presentation, 5 minutes for questions, and 5 minutes for people to change rooms. Most presentations will be in this format.
  2. Panel Discussion:Also given 45-minute time slots, with approximately 10 minutes spent on introducing the panelists and agenda, 30 minutes of questions and discussion, and 5 minutes for people to change rooms. Panelists should be experts in a common area of specialization of interest to conference attendees. If you would like to organize and lead a panel discussion, then please submit an abstract containing the agenda, and listing your panelists as co-authors.
  3. Student Poster:Students have the option of presenting their paper as a poster in the exhibit hall. Although there is no specific schedule for posters, students are expected to be available periodically to answer questions about their research.

Paper Topics

The following is a list of suggested topics for your papers. This is just to get you thinking - you are welcome to come up with your own topic area not on the list.

Submission Guidelines

When submitting an extended abstract, please

  1. Choose a file name that is your paper title or an abbreviation thereof, written in camel case, and followed by ".html". For example, if your title is "Techniques for Interactive Display of Large Data Sets with Application to Project Planning" then your abstract file name could be "DisplayingLargeDataSets.html", whereas if your title were "Virtual Origami" then your abstract file name should be "VirtualOrigami.html". In the unlikely event that two or more submitted file names are identical, our online system will make them unique by appending digits.
  2. Include the title of your proposed paper within <h1>...</h1>.
  3. Include the XHTML 1.1 DOCTYPE declaration.
  4. Validate your file, and if necessary use HTML Tidy to fix any errors.

Teaching a Course

Instructors are asked to submit a course outline by March 21, 2003. The outlines are reviewed by a reviewing commitee and instructors informed about acceptance on or before April 11, 2003.

Accepted course outlines will be published as course descriptions in the program. Therefore they should be directed at those who might register for the course rather than the reviewers.

Courses are a half-day in length, scheduled in four time slots: July 13 AM, July 13 PM, July 14 AM, July 14 PM. If you feel your course requires a full day, then it will be treated as part I and part II half-day courses. We are interested in proposals for both beginner courses and advanced courses, to cater to the diverse interests of all conference attendees.

Here is a list of topics of potential interest for courses. Feel free to either volunteer for one of these or propose your own topic.

Exhibiting at a Booth

Companies wishing to exhibit products or services of interest to the SVG Open 2003 target audience are asked to submit information describing the company and its offerings for publishing in the program guide. You also need to register for the exhibition booth package, as described on the registration and pricing page.

Sponsoring the Conference

Companies wishing to be recognized as SVG technology leaders are encouraged to sponsor SVG Open 2003. If you are interested, please submit information describing your company and its offerings for publishing in the program guide. You also need to register for one of the sponsorship packages described on the registration and pricing page.

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