for Proposals for Hosting SAM2010
The SDL Forum Society invites proposals to
host the 6th SAM - Systems Analysis and Modelling - Workshop to be held in
2010. The previous SAM workshops were held in Berlin 1998, Grenoble 2000,
Aberwrystwyth 2002, and Kaiserslautern 2006. It was decided not to hold a SAM
workshop in 2008 between SDL2007 and SDL2009, but instead to have a short
workshop at ITU Geneva in September 2008.
Following established procedure the decision in principle to hold a workshop in
2010 would normally be made at the Society AGM in 2008, and a final decision made
before or at the Society AGM in 2009 during SDL2009. The Society would be
pleased to receive proposals well in advance of SDL2009 so that planning for the
event can be started .
If you are interested in helping host the workshop in your
area, please assemble the following information, and send it to admin of sdl-forum.org with
a copy to the mail list for members of sdl-forum.org.
The proposal may be brief and informal, but needs to address
the following questions, which will help us evaluate the
viability of the proposal.
- Who is making the proposal? These will be one or
more individuals (representing an organization) who is/are
willing to be responsible for local arrangements.
Although this is optional, the proposal should also include
someone who is willing to serve as co-chair for the event (other co-chairs will be appointed by the SDL
Forum Board). This co-chair person is not signing up to
be responsible for the whole event - the SAM 2008 Organizing
Committee is responsible for that. If the proposal is
selected, the person (or people) that you list will be
added to the Organizing Committee, and the chair people
of the conference (to be named later) will assign
responsibilities to various members of the committee. The
proposer should be a member of the SDL Forum Society. If
a non-member wishes to make a proposal they should either
collaborate with a member or join the Society.
- What would be the main subject and character of the workshop?
The scope should be well related to contemporary interest in the System Design
Languages (SDL) covered by the Society. Such languages are the ITU-T
Specification and Description Language - Z.100 series, Message Sequence
Chart - Z.120 series, TTCN, ASN.1, UML, and URN. The event should have a workshop rather than a
- In what venue do you propose it be held? Ideally,
this venue should be able to handle to plenary sessions
of up to 100 people, and one or two parallel sessions. In 2006 the
workshop character of the event was emphasised with success by scheduling
2 presentations and related discussion in 1.5 hour sessions.
- How much will the meeting cost? An estimated
meeting cost and participation fee should be given.
Assume attendance of between 30 and 70 for 2 or 3 days. The
figures can be approximate, as long as it gives us an
idea of how much it will cost both for the whole
conference and for each attendee. In any case it shall
agreed that any gain or loss will be shared at least
equally by the SDL Forum Society and the local organizer.
An outline budget should be provided. Usually Society
members will get a discount on the fees, and non-members
pay more but are offered free membership of the Society
until 31 December.
- Can arrangements be made for demos by participants?
Many participants like to see software tool demos - both
of commercial tools and ongoing research efforts.
- How the proceedings will be
published? For SAM2002, SAM2004 and SAM2006 the decision was
for post-event publication of the proceedings in the
Springer LNCS series with revised papers reflecting
feedback from the event. Acceptance in the LNCS series is not automatic
and will depend on the scope and interest in the workshop papers. The cost of providing a copy of
the published proceedings to each participant should be
included in the budget and well as the cost of providing
a copy at the event.
- Dates when the venue should be
reserved. The venue should be available for 3 or 4
consecutive week days. There may be meetings to be held before or after
the event for standards work and/or related projects.
- Are there any potential local
(or global) sponsors? Sponsors are welcome to
provide any level of support from making the whole workshop free to attend to providing delegate badges,
provided the sponsorship is acceptable to the SDL Forum
Society. At recent events there has been a sponsorship deal linked to
- What publicity is planned? Recent events have not attracted as
many participants as anticipated, and publicity is probably one factor.
Relying on distribution by email lists is insufficient, and the publicity
planned to reach the intended participants is an important factor.
- Will people enjoy coming? Hopefully the meeting
will be in a pleasant area and easy to access for
- Any other point that will help as to select the best
If you have further questions, please direct them to admin of sdl-forum.org.
The initial deadline is the end of February 2009.
Proposals that arrive after the deadline will be considered only
if a decision is not been made by then and if a good proposal is received before
the deadline the Board may decide to proceed without waiting for further offers.
Chairman May 2008
(updated September 2005, June 2006, Sept. 2007, May 2008 - year changed
to 2010 in May 2008)