Call for Participation Videos
- Monday, October 7, 2013, 5:00pm PDT: Submissions due
- Thursday, November 7, 2013: Notification of acceptance
The CSCW Videos Program provides researchers, designers, and practitioners with opportunities to present their cutting-edge work in an interactive fashion in front of an expert audience. Videos are ideally suited to demonstrate the practical application of research results and the functionality of CSCW systems, visualize the outcome of research and development projects, or describe inspiring visions of future systems that are grounded in today′s reality. The Videos Program provides a venue to present work that involves dynamic interaction, ranging from demonstrations of new systems to complex aspects of group communication and work practice.
Potential topics include, but definitely are not limited to:
- Demonstrations of innovative research prototypes
- Demonstrations of innovative aspects of commercial systems
- Studies of work practice that have implications for CSCW
- Retrospective collections of significant CSCW fields of work
- Visions of future technologies
Video submissions should be self-explanatory. In other words, they should not require the viewer to read the abstract. Videos will be judged primarily on the clarity of their presentation and the structure and quality of their content, with fancy effects being a welcome but secondary consideration.
Video figures submitted as companions to Papers and Notes programs will also be considered for inclusion in the Video Program depending on their quality and appropriateness.
Video Presentation & Publication
Accepted videos will be shown during a session at the conference where authors will have an opportunity to introduce their work, play the video, and then answer questions asked by the audience. As part of this session, we will also be showing historical CSCW videos and acknowledging a Best Video award.
Each accepted video and its extended abstract will be published in the ACM Digital Library and distributed to attendees as part of the Conference Extended Abstracts. Because of this, videos cannot contain copyrighted materials (and we have to be strict about this).
Guidelines for Video Creation
Creating a compelling and engaging video is difficult work. We suggest that those considering to submit videos follow some general suggestions:
- The Message: decide on a clear message for your video before you start creating it. What is the core idea that your video is intending to illustrate? Follow through with that message as you record clips, create audio, and edit the video.
- Create a Script: write out what you plan to include in the video before you start creating it. Document what you will record and what you will say, then record those scenes.
- Keep it Short: the best videos are short and to the point. The maximum length you can submit is 4 minutes, but we suggest keeping it even shorter. A good target is 2.5 minutes.
- Keep it Simple: it can be easy to get carried away in the editing process and try to include too many fancy transitions and editing features. Keep the video simple and straightforward.
- Test out Recordings: test out short portions of your video recording as you go. Don't expect to shoot the video from start to finish. Record a short scene, then play it back to check the quality of the audio and video. If it is poor, then record it again.
There are also various sources that contain suggestions for video creation (note that submission requirements for other venues may vary from CSCW 2014):
- CHI 2010's Video Guide
- Jonas Lowgren. The Need for Video in Scientific Communication. ACM Interactions. 18 (1).
Authors are also encouraged to look at past successful video publications. For example, see here for successful CSCW videos:
Submissions will include two parts:
- 1. An abstract, in English, that briefly notes the contents of the video and describes how it fits the CSCW literature and audience. Abstracts should be two pages maximum in the Extended Abstract Format. If you are submitting a video illustration that accompanies a Paper, Note, or Demonstration, please make that clear in the abstract. Abstracts should be submitted in PDF format.
- 2. A video in digital format. We request that you make your digital submissions in Apple Quicktime, Windows Media Format, MPEG, or DV-AVI. Videos may be no longer than four minutes. Because CSCW is an international event, we are happy to accept videos in languages other than English; however, these videos must include English subtitles to increase their accessibility to reviewers and the audience.
Video Submission Instructions
The submission process has changed since last year (we are no longer requiring storyboard submissions with the videos). Instead, this year we will be using a submission process similar to the Paper and Notes submission process.
Phase 1: Video Submission, October 7, 2013, 5:00 PM PDT
E-mail your extended abstract (in PDF format) and a URL containing a downloadable copy of your video to firstname.lastname@example.org. If the abstract's file is larger than 10MB, please do not attach to e-mail, but send a link where we can download the file. Videos will then be reviewed for:
- Technical aspects (encoding, resolution, size, adequate sound and video quality)
- General adherence to the abstract
- Storytelling – the content must be clearly presented and understandable.
On October 14, 2013, you will receive reviews on your submission and one of three decisions: accept, revise and resubmit, or reject.
- 1. If your video receives an accept, then it is accepted as is.
- 2. If your video receives a revise and resubmit, then you must make the appropriate changes based on reviewer feedback and submit a revised video by the second deadline.
- 3. If your video receives a reject, then it unfortunately will not be included in the Video Program.
Phase 2: Revise & Resubmit October 21, 2013, 5:00 PM PDT:
All submissions that have been revised should be resubmitted by the above deadline for a second review. At this point, the submission will either be accepted or rejected. The goal of the second review will be to ensure you have addressed the reviewer suggestions for changes.
Additional Help for Video Editing
Several packages are available to help you author your videos. Free authoring packages are included in both Windows (Windows Movie Maker) and MacOS (iMovie) platforms. Tutorials can be found here:
Videos cannot contain copyright materials; this includes background music. If you are looking for copyright free music, consider searching in the Creative Commons.
Please send any and all questions related to the video program to email@example.com.