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The Ninth Australasian Document Computing Symposium (ADCS 2004) was hosted by the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering at the University of Melbourne on Monday 13 December, 2004.

This site has now been organised as a permanent repository of the material presented at ADCS 2004. In particular, the technical program has been augmented with links to PDF files for the presented papers. A BibTeX listing of the papers is also available. The complete front matter of the proceedings is also available. Copies of the proceedings may be purchased for $10, contact Alistair Moffat.

The remainder of this page is the original material from prior to the conference.

Aim of the symposium

ADCS 2004 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, 2004, and now closed
  • Notification of acceptance: 10 November, 2004
  • Final versions due: 5pm, 19 November, 2004
  • On-time registration deadline: 6 December, 2004
  • Symposium: 13 December, 2004

Keynote Speaker

Personal Information Management: Stuff I've Seen and Beyond

Dr Susan Dumais
Adaptive Systems and Interaction Group,
Microsoft Research

Abstract: Most information retrieval technologies are designed to facilitate information discovery. However, much knowledge work involves finding and re-using previously seen information in the context of ongoing work activities. We have developed a prototype system called Stuff I've Seen (SIS) to support information re-use. The system provides a unified index to information that a person has seen, regardless of whether the information was seen as an email, appointment, web page, document, hand-written note, etc. Because the information has been seen before, rich contextual cues and visualizations (including timelines and memory landmarks) can be used to present search results. The system also provides a test bed for exploring ideas about meta-data driven retrieval and about techniques for supporting information management in the richer context of ongoing work activities.

The speaker: Dr Susan Dumais is a Senior Researcher in the Adaptive Systems and Interaction Group at Microsoft Research where she works on algorithms and interfaces for improved information access and management. Prior to joining Microsoft Research in 1997, she was at Bellcore and Bell Labs for many years. She has published widely in the areas of human-computer interaction and information retrieval. Her current research focuses on personal information retrieval, user modeling, text categorization, and collaborative information retrieval. Previous research included well-known work on Latent Semantic Indexing (a statistical method for concept-based retrieval), combining search and navigation, individual differences, perceptual learning and attention, and organizational impacts of new technology.

Susan is Past-Chair of ACM's SIGIR group, and serves on the NRC Committee on Computing and Communications Research to Enable Better Use of Information Technology in Digital Government, and the NRC Board on Assessment of NIST Programs. She is on the editorial boards of: ACM:Transactions on Information Systems, ACM:Transactions on Human Computer Interaction, Human Computer Interaction, Information Processing and Management, Information Retrieval, Hypertext, Encyclopedia of Information Retrieval, and Annual Review of Information Science and Technology, and is actively involved on program committees for several conferences. She is an adjunct professor at the University of Washington in the Information School, and has been a visiting faculty member at Stevens Institute of Technology, New York University, and the University of Chicago.

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Paper submissions must be sent to as a PDF email file attachment (no exceptions) by the due date (no exceptions). Submissions should comply with the paper guidelines.

All submissions must be original work, not previously published elsewhere, and not currently submitted to any other conference or journal.

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. Note also that it is insufficient for an author to register and pay for the symposium to be regarded as fulfilling this obligation.

Full papers

Full papers should describe new contributions or analyse research issues. Submissions should be at most 3000 words long; over-length submission risk immediate rejection. Refer to the guidelines for papers for details of the required format.

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.

Presentation of short papers will be via a poster session. Accepted short papers will also be included in the symposium proceedings.


If you would like to give a demonstration of your system, please submit an abstract following the same format as for short papers. Demonstrations should be self-contained, and only limited hardware support will be available at the venue.

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. All submissions will be fully refereed by a blind refereeing process, at their full published length, and will comply with DEST criteria for fully-refereed conference papers (category F1).

Previous ADCS Symposia

2003 Canberra CSIRO ICT Centre web site
2002 Sydney University of Sydney web site
2001 Coff's Harbour Swinburne University web site
2000 Sunshine Coast DSTC web site
1999 Coff's Harbour? Southern Cross University (defunct)
1998 Canberra? CSIRO? (defunct)
1997 Melbourne RMIT University web site
1996 Melbourne RMIT University web site


While every effort has been made to make the information contained in this page as accurate as possible, the organising committee, the host institution, and the sponsors will not be held responsible for any changes in the structure or content of the technical program, registration fees, accommodation costs, or any errors in this web site.