Call for Position Papers

Second Workshop on Spatial Hypertext
Held at the 2002 ACM Conference on Hypertext
College Park, Maryland

Wednesday, June 12, 2002

Important dates:
  • Position papers due: May 3, 2002
  • Acceptance notification: May 13, 2002

    You are invited to submit a position paper (suggested length is 5 pages) to the Second Workshop on Spatial Hypertext to be held at ACM Hypertext 2002 in College Park, Maryland. Position statements should indicate your interest and expertise in the area as well as how you view your work fitting in to the topics described below. Do not feel constrained by the topic list -- we welcome all those with interests in spatial hypertext.

    Papers should be emailed as PDF files (or other reasonable attachment formats) to Frank Shipman (

    Workshop Theme and Goals:

    Spatial Hypertext research has been increasing since its inception with the first well-known spatial hypertext system, VIKI, which appeared in 1994. Since that time a number of other spatial hypertext systems have appeared: Web Squirrel, CAOS, and VKB among others, and the spatial hypertext research is widely cited. The goal of this workshop is to bring together researchers in this field for a specific meeting on the subject of spatial hypertext. Among the expected topics would be:

  • Spatial hypertext systems in progress
  • User experience with spatial hypertext
  • Spatial hypertext implementation issues
  • Integrating spatial hypertext with other hypertext frameworks and other software environments generally
  • Rhetoric issues posed by spatial hypertext

    Goals for the workshop include:

  • Surveying the state and variety of research areas in spatial hypertext
  • Providing guidance to spatial hypertext system implementers from user experience
  • Surveying spatial hypertext for open questions and future research directions
  • Providing a framework for broadening the reach of spatial hypertext by integrating it with the software environment generally

    Intended audience:

    Spatial hypertext system implementers, hypertext framework integrators, users of spatial hypertexts, writers and researchers on hypertext rhetoric working in spatial hypertext, hypertext researchers generally interested in alternative models of structure, researchers in structural computing.

    Activities Planned:

    Each accepted position paper will be briefly presented at the workshop. Sessions will be organized around spatial hypertext themes with the goal of leaving most of the time for discussion of issues between participants. At least part of the session will be devoted to demonstations of tools/applications if there is interest among the participants.


    Frank Shipman, Texas A&M University, is a senior hypertext researcher and one of the original authors on the VIKI project. He is currently the principal investigator on the VKB project, which is a successor to VIKI, and is supervising PhD research in spatial hypertext. He is the author or co-author of numerous important papers in spatial hypertext, one of which received the Engelbart best paper award at Hypertext 99.

    Jim Rosenberg, Grindstone PA, is an independent poet and hypertext researcher who has been executing spatial hypertexts since 1988. He is the author of several papers of relevance to this area, three of which were nominated for the Engelbart best paper award at Hypertext 96, 98, and 01.

    Frank Shipman,