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The Eighth Australasian Document Computing Symposium (ADCS 2003) will be hosted by CSIRO Mathematical Information Sciences in Canberra on Monday 15 December, 2003.

Keynote Speaker - Ricardo Baeza-Yates

We are delighted to welcome Professor Ricardo Baeza-Yates as keynote speaker at ADCS2003. He will be speaking on the topic of crawling and agents.

Professor Baeza-Yates is director of the Center for Web Research in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Chile, Santiago. His research interests includes algorithms and data structures, information retrieval, web mining, text and multimedia databases, software and database visualization, and user interfaces. Ricardo is well-known as the author of a number of books including Modern Information Retrieval and Handbook of Algorithms and Data Structures - in Pascal and C and an impressive list of publications. In his spare time Ricardo is involved in commercial spinoffs, including the Chilean web search engine todocl.

Abstract: Agents are everywhere. They are embedded in many systems with different goals, such as personalization, adaptation, negotiation, etc. Crawlers, on the other hand, are a simple type of programs that wander the Web every day collecting data for search engines. Crawlers, however, are becoming more complex. But, can they be categorized as agents?

In this talk we survey crawlers and we relate them to generic agents by analyzing their main goals, i.e., page quality, page quantity, and page freshness. As the Web grows and changes every day, crawlers have become the main bottleneck for Web retrieval. It becomes interesting then, to explore how agent technology or variants of it could help develop search engines that are more effective, efficient, and scalable. We present several schemes on how the Web server and the search engine could cooperate to help each other. This raises the issue of what is the impact of agents in the information market. We describe the weaknesses of this approach and how they can be partially addressed, opening the door to many research problems.

Call for Papers

Aim of the symposium

ADCS 2003 is an opportunity for researchers and practitioners in document management and information retrieval to meet and present their work. The symposium aims to cover all aspects of Document Computing - issues ranging from the fundamentals of document architectures and standards for markup, through storage, management, retrieval, authentication and workflow, to active and virtual documents. The symposium will emphasise both commercial and academic issues by encouraging a variety of submissions.

Topics of interest

The symposium topics include (but are not restricted to) the following: 
  • Digital Libraries 
  • Document Databases 
  • Document Management
  • Document Standards (XML, SGML etc)
  • Document Workflow
  • Information Retrieval
  • Multimedia Document Management
  • Multimedia Resource Discovery 
  • Personalised Documents

Important dates

  • Deadline for submissions: 8 October, 2003
  • Notification of acceptance: 10 November, 2003
  • Final versions due: 21 November, 2003
  • Symposium:  15 December, 2003


All the submissions must be sent to the Program chairs at 

Submission of a paper should be regarded as an undertaking that, should the paper be accepted, at least one of the authors will attend the symposium to present the work. Please note that it is insufficient for an author to register and pay for the symposium to be regarded as fulfilling his/her obligation. 

Full papers

Full papers should describe new contributions or analyse research issues. These papers should be at most 3000 words long. Please refer to the guidelines for papers

Posters, Short papers and Industry Status Reports

To encourage participation by industry and to provide a place for work of a more speculative nature, ADCS invites submissions for short papers, up to a maximum of 1500 words. A typical proposal might describe a leading-edge solution to a practical problem in document management. Short papers follow the same format as for full papers. 

The mode of presentation of short papers is via a poster session. Accepted short papers will be included in a separate section of the proceedings. 


If you would like to give a demonstration of your system, please submit an abstract following the same format as for full papers. 

A printed proceedings of the papers will be distributed to participants at the symposium. Electronic copies of the papers will be made available on the website after the symposium.

Previous ADCS Symposia

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