PISA conference: paper deadline extended

7 Jun 92 17:24 +0100

This is being posted to several lists.

The deadline for papers for the Network Services Conference has been
extended to June 21st. I'm particularly keen to see papers on
information services and perhaps someone could do a "consumer report"
on some of the applications such as WWW, WAIS, Gopher archie etc. -
with particular emphasis on the information management tools (for the
information providers).

I'm also interested in papers for the user support sections, and would
like to see case studies presented in building "electronic

I'll forward any papers sent to me - or you can forward them to the
conf. secretariat as indicated below.


Jill Foster
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First Call for Participation / Call for Papers
The Network Services Conference 1992
Pisa, Italy, November 3-5, 1992

Network Services Conference 1992


The world of academic and research networking has evolved to the point
where the protocol wars have become largely irrelevant. This is
demonstrated by the recent appearance of high-level networking tools
which are worldwide in scope and which run simultaneously over many
different lower layers.

NSC 92 will focus on issues in providing services to customers, with
special attention paid to the recent and exciting developments in new
global high-level tools such as World-Wide Web, Prospero, Archie, Alex,
Gopher, and WAIS. We will address the impact of the new global tools on
service development and support, the changing function of traditional
tools and services (such as archives), upcoming specific services such
as new databases, and the future role of the library. User support at
the campus level, and the role of support in accessing global services,
will be addressed.

The conference will be of greatest interest to network service providers
and sophisticated users who are changing their focus from providing or
obtaining bandwidth to offering, supporting, and using varied and
powerful services. Talks and other conference activities will address
the needs of the research, academic, educational, governmental,
industrial, and commercial network communities.

NSC 92 is being organized by EARN in conjunction with EUnet/EurOpen,

Conference Venue

Pisa is situated in Tuscany on the Arno river. The Italian poet Gabriele
D'ANNUNZIO named Pisa's Piazza della Torre: "The Square of Miracles",
and yet the definition could be extended with equal justice to the whole
city. Pisa is not only an art center with few rivals; it is steeped in
culture and science and offers an up-to-date infrastructure. The
conference will be held at the Palazzo dei Congressi, near the city
center and at walking distance to the Hotels.

Program and Registration Information

The conference program with information on how to register will be
distributed with the second announcement around 1 August 1992.


Papers for presentation at the conference are solicited in the following

- Dealing with the Information Explosion
. New Global Information Access Tools
. Utilizing Established Information Access and Distribution Tools

- Managing Global Network Information Services
. Coordination/Duplication, Security, Privacy, Authentication
. Closed Group Applications

- The Electronic Library
. Local Databases, Remote Databases, OPACS, CD/ROMS
. Inter-Library Cooperation

- User / Customer Support
. Help Desks, Documentation, Reaching the Customers

- Assessing Customer Needs

- Special Interest Communities

- Group Communication Technologies & Services - "Groupware"

- Networking for Schools

- Delivering Messaging to the Desktop
. Practical Experiences, Products, Security, Interface issues

- Beyond ASCII
. Character sets, Multimedia
. Creating, Encoding, Receiving

- Economic Aspects of Networking
. Bandwidth, E-mail Access, Efficiency, Control

- Recent European Networking Developments

Please submit title and abstract, by mail, fax or PREFERRABLY e-mail,
not later than 31 May 1992 to:

Hans Deckers (DECK@FRORS12.BITNET)
EARN Office
BP 167
F91403 Orsay France
Tel: +33 1 6982 3973
Fax: +33 1 6928 5273

Posters and Demonstrations

A poster wall will be available to participants for the display of
their posters and projects. A terminal room with connectivity to EARN
and the Internet will be available to delegates.

A room will be available for workstations and PCs to be used for
demonstrations. An Ethernet connected to the Internet will be available
in the room. Connectivity to the Internet will be via a 64Kbps line to
CNUCE. The minimum bandwidth between CNUCE and CERN is 512Kbps. People
interested in setting up demonstrations may send their questions to

Further Information and General Inquiry

Further information will be available through an ad hoc conference
mailing list. If you want to make sure you receive the invitation as
well as the preliminary program please ask for subscription to the
conference mailing list ( NSC92@FRORS12.BITNET ) sending mail, e-mail
or fax specifying your e-mail address to:

EARN Office
BP 167
F91403 Orsay France
Tel: +33 1 6982 3973
Fax: +33 1 6928 5273

General inquiries can be made at NSCINFO@FRORS12.

Program and Organizing Committee

Program Committee

Dennis Jennings, Ireland (Chair); Rob Blokzijl, the Netherlands;
Daniele Bovio, France; Paul Bryant, United Kingdom; Avi Cohen,
Israel; Laszlo Csaba, Hungary; Hans Deckers, France; Jean-Loic
Delhaye, France; Jill Foster, United Kingdom; Frode Greisen, Denmark;
Glenn Kowack, the Netherlands; Stelios Orphanoudakis, Greece; David
Sitman, Israel; Stefano Trumpy, Italy

Organizing Committee

Frode Greisen, Denmark (Chair ); Hans Deckers, France; Dennis
Jennings, Ireland; Glenn Kowack, the Netherlands; Marco Sommani,

Corporate Sponsors (Preliminary list )