Call for papers Call for Papers and Presentations Debconf 6 Oaxtepec, Mexico The annual Debconf conference is a technical and social forum for Debian developers, sponsors, affiliates, and friends. It allows various groups within Debian a chance to come together and network. We invite you to submit a proposal to present a technical paper, panel discussion or tutorial, or to host a meeting (BoFS, or Birds of a Feather Session). Step 1. Submit Proposal The proposal lets us know in advance what sort of talks we will have. This helps us in attracting developers and potential sponsors to the conference. Your proposal can be a rough outline, but should be at least 500 words in length (and ideally no more than 1500 words). Your proposal should be clear about whether your proposal is political (Free Software, dealing with traditionally marginalised groups, etc.), technical, or social (Dealing with debian structures and groups). It's okay to hit all three of these. Your proposal should also include some information on why you're qualified to talk about this. Ideally it will also include links to posts your have made to Debian mailing lists. A presentation is not the best place to mention your idea for the first time. Proposals will be accepted until December 6th 2005, 23h59 UTC. To submit your proposal, go to https://www.debconf.org/comas/attendees/new and register as an attendee. Once you are registered, there is a "Submit a proposal" link. You will see your proposal on the site. If it's not there for some reason, please tell us right away! Step 2. Committee Review The review committee for this year consists of Alexander Schmehl, Andreas Schuldei and Joerg Jaspert. This committee will make its decision by December 20th. If you aren't available between December 7th and December 20th for questions, please let us know your schedule. All correspondence will be done by email. Step 3. Paper Submission Like last year, we are asking for papers to be submitted along with the presentations. The goal is to provide written information along with transcripts of the sessions for later viewing. Having written papers in advance will allow us to get translations done, to help non-native-English speakers feel more comfortable with the topics presented. Papers are due by April 6th 2006, and should cover the topic in reasonable depth (3 pages A4 text, plus pictures and diagrams). We will use LaTeX to typeset the proceedings. Please submit your paper formatted in LaTeX. Should you be unfamiliar with LaTeX earlier submission in plain text is also fine. Step 4. Live Presentation Presentations are either 45 minutes or 90 minutes in length. 90 minute presentations have a break in the middle and should include workshop items that directly involve the participants. If using slides, please consider that your audience will consist of people who use free software, and your choice of application to prepare and display the slides should reflect this if at all possible. Fine Print Publication Rights Debconf requires non-exclusive publication rights to papers, presentations, and any additional handouts or audio/visual materials used in conjunction with the presentation. The authors have the freedom to pick a DFSG-free license for the papers themselves and retain all copyrights. The presentations will be recorded, and may be broadcast over the Internet. Any copies of the presentation will be made available under a license like the MIT/X11 license. Failure to Submit In the event that a deadline is missed we reserve the right to revoke any offer to present.
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