Library-Centric Software Design 2006, Second Call for Papers

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Library-Centric Software Design 2006, Second Call for Papers

Jeremy Siek



                Workshop, on October 22nd, 2006 at the
           OOPSLA'06 conference in Portland, Oregon,
           October 22-26, 2006


Libraries are central to all major scientific, engineering, and
business areas, yet the design, implementation, and use of libraries
are underdeveloped arts. This workshop is one of the first steps in
the process of placing all aspects of libraries on a sound technical
and scientific basis through research into fundamental issues and
documentation of best practices.

A software library is an organized collection of code with associated
tools supporting programming in general or in specific domains,
usually united by a specified set of principles and conventions. Most
libraries are aimed for use by several people and in different
environments. The areas of software library research include

       * Design and implementation of libraries
       * Program and system design based on libraries
       * Libraries supporting specific application domains, such as
         biology or banking
       * Evolution, refactoring, and maintenance of libraries
       * Empirical studies of library use
       * Performance of libraries, including benchmarking and
         library-based optimizations
       * Design of language facilities and tools in support of library
         definition and use
       * Validation, debugging, and testing of libraries
       * Extensibility, parameterization, and customization
       * Distribution of libraries
       * Specification of libraries and their semantics
       * Usability for library users and developers
       * Assessing quality of libraries
       * Documentation and teaching of libraries
       * Creating and supporting communities of library users
       * Using several libraries in combination

We invite the submission of extended abstracts on software library
research, including, but not limited to, the above list of topics.
The extended abstracts should address issues important to libraries as
a field, i.e., describe ideas or techniques that can be reused for
libraries across problem domains and/or languages; they should refrain
from merely describing a particular library, no matter how novel the
choice of domain. As an additional criterion, the extended abstracts
are reviewed against suitability for a journal publication of the
corresponding full paper.

For uniformity, authors should use the latest ACM SIGS conference
style file (option 1) at Submissions should
be limited to 10 pages in this style.

Accepted extended abstracts will be posted on the workshop's Web site
prior to the workshop, and collected in a proceedings published as a
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute tech report. Authors of selected
papers will be invited to submit a full paper for a special issue of a
journal, to be announced later.


Aug 11    Submission of extended abstracts
Sep 12    Notification of acceptance
Oct 10    Submission of final versions of the extended abstracts
Oct 15    Final version posted on Workshop web pages
Oct 22 or 23 Workshop


For details of the electronic submission procedure, see the workshop's
Web site,


       *  Josh Bloch, Google Inc.
       *  David Musser, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
       *  Jaakko Jarvi, Texas A&M University
       *  Sibylle Schupp, Chalmers University of Technology
       *  Jeremy Siek, Rice University


       *  Dave Abrahams, Boost Consulting
       *  Olav Beckman, Imperial College London
       *  Herv=C8 Br=88nnimann, Polytechnic University
       *  Cristina Gacek, University of Newcastle upon Tyne
       *  Douglas Gregor, Indiana University
       *  Doug Lea, State University of New York at Oswego
       *  Andrew Lumsdaine, Indiana University
       *  Erik Meijer, Microsoft Research
       *  Tim Peierls, Prior Artisans LLC
       *  Doug Schmidt, Vanderbilt University
       *  Anthony Simons, University of Sheffield
       *  Bjarne Stroustrup, Texas A&M University and AT&T Labs
       *  Todd Veldhuizen, University of Waterloo

In addition, the organizers will serve as program committee members,
with Jaakko Jarvi and Josh Bloch as program co-chairs.

Primarily, the email address [hidden email] should be used for
questions addressed to the organizers.


There will be an invited talk by Sean Parent, Adobe Inc.


The workshop is a scientific forum for presenting original
research in the design, implementation, and evaluation of software
libraries. Other major activities include the identification of open
questions specific to library research and the discussion of a
strategic plan for establishing library research as a field. The
outcome of the workshop is a combination of research contributions and
specific next steps for improving the infrastructure for library

Participants are expected to read the accepted submissions beforehand.
The technical presentations, although based on the accepted papers,
should not provide mere summaries of the papers. Instead, authors are
encouraged to use their presentation slots (20 + 10 mins) to bring up
topics for discussion.

The technical presentations are mixed with scientific and
organizational discussions. The discussions aim at furthering the
topics of the presentations, thus their agenda will be publicly
discussed among the participants and then posted on the website of the
workshop. All participants are expected to come prepared with their
tentative answers or thoughts.

The full-day workshop starts with a keynote talk for the stimulation
of discussion and concludes with a plenary discussion that decides the
specific next steps for improving the infrastructure for library

the workshop's Web site,

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