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SC Global

Submission deadline: Extended to April 26, 2004
Submission website: http://www.sc-submissions.org

Anchored in the newly constructed technology-enhanced Pittsburgh convention center, SC Global 2004 will link Access Grid communities from around the world to exchange ideas through highly informative talks, papers, panels and BOFs on topics of interest to attendees. The focus of this year’s SC Global will be demonstrating collaborative applications and tools that have developed over recent years, as well as a unique venue for artistic expression and other innovative ideas in the Access Grid environment.

Questions and Answers

How can my organization participate in SC Global as a remote site?
There are three categories of remote sites for SC Global, and each has its own level of involvement in required preparations (for some sites, no formal preparations are necessary). We invite all AG locations to participate in SC Global; there is no charge for registering as any of the types of site. We hope you will invite your local community to participate in SC Global at your AG node, to make a local mini-conference out of this opportunity which allows people to network with others from their area.

Constellation Sites are AG locations which are presenting sessions in the SC Global program. Constellation sites have been selected through the proposal process, and will be required to participate in many technical and production preparations during the summer and fall.

Satellite Sites are AG locations which participate in an interactive, multimedia way. For example, the people attending at Satellite Sites can ask questions through AG audio and video channels during Panels, and participate in Birds of a Feather session discussions. Satellite Sites must register by September 15, and participate in a Certification Session over the AG with the Remote Sites Manager by October 15 to verify that their node is in good working order. Satellite site registration can be done at http://www-unix.mcs.anl.gov/fl/events/scg2004/.

Observer Sites are AG locations which observe the proceedings, but which do not transmit audio or video to the Pittsburgh conference node or other participating sites. They may have the option to submit questions and comments through a text interface. They are not required to participate in any particular preparations, but instead are encouraged to simply ensure that their AG node is in good working order.

If my proposal to be part of the SC Global program was not accepted, how else can I participate?
You can participate as part of the audience either at a remote site, or at the Pittsburgh conference site; some sessions (such as Birds of a Feather) will be very participatory. The SC Global program room will be open to all conference attendees, including those with Exhibits-only and Exhibitor badges.

What sites are participating in SC Global?
Constellation Sites are listed in the Preliminary Program (see link above), the list of Satellite Sites will become know in late October, and the list of Observer Sites will be known only after the event. We hope to have participation from well over 100 sites all over the world.

How is it decided which sessions each remote site will participate in?
The SC Global program will be made available in August, and sites will have the opportunity to RSVP for their desired sessions. We reserve the right to limit the number of sites participating interactively in a given session if the number of sites grows large enough as to be
unmanageable.

I'm planning to attend SC04 in Pittsburgh. How can I participate with SCG on site?
The SC Global program room will be open to all conference attendees (including those with Exhibits-only and Exhibitor badges), and located just up the escalator from the technical program area.

What factors were considered in reviewing proposals?
For SC Global Papers, Panels, and Birds of a Feather, there was a two part review process, involving both the SC Global committee and the other appropriate part of the Technical Program committee. SC Global Birds of a Feather (BoF) sessions, for example, must be accepted both by the SC Technical Program BoF Chairs and by the SC Global committee. The BoFs Chairs reviewed proposals based on their usual criteria; the SC Global committee considered whether presenting the BoF in question over the AG would be a feasible use of the AG.

For SC Global Showcase, the proposals will be reviewed solely by the SC Global committee.They considered:

- Compelling experience for remote sites
- Technical and/or artistic merit in its own relevant field (painting, scientific visualization, etc)
- Contribution to understanding of the use of distributed collaboration technologies
- Extent and effectiveness of collaboration
- Possibility of rolling out the work this session reflects to a larger community (such as those with low-bandwidth connections, economically disadvantaged people, and/or people with disabilities)

Questions? Please send email to: scglobal04@sc-conference.org.


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