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April 29, 2005



I've always been confused by the distinction between "interdisciplinary" and "multidisciplinary". This email introduces the term "transdisciplinary". What next? "Adisciplinary"?

Bill Tozier

Antidisciplinary, and perhaps neodisciplinary, would be good.

Some few of us might eventually graduate to bono-disciplinary, but would have to work out a few trust issues first.

Bill Tozier

Sorry, that was supposed to be "bondo-disciplinary"

"bono-disciplinary" makes no sense :/

Mike Stiber

Anyone know a grad student interested in generating, er, I mean "writing", a paper for IPSI BgD? :^)

Seriously, though, there have been comments about the use of certain conferences as a means of buying CV entries. However, several years ago, when I got my first IIIS invite, I thought about submitting because it sounded like something that might be eclectic and interesting. Luckily, I did some due diligence, and found Justin Zobel's web page on the conference. So, when I see folks with that conference on their CV, I usually think that I dodged a bullet. But, consider someone who presented some legit work there, without suspecting anything out of the ordinary. What do they do? Remove the item from their CV and make like the work never happened? That ignores the fact that another reason for publishing (besides as a performance metric) is to publicize one's work. Retitle the work and present it to another conference, replacing the CV entry? That doesn't seem too ethical. I guess the most honest thing would be to put it on the web (and include in the CV) as a technical report, thus unreviewed. Not very satisfactory.

To me, this gets to the real damage done by such "spamferences": they turn our relationship with conferences to that of consumers of products, who need to carefully vet where we submit lest our work become "orphaned". And how much more difficult does this make it to start a new conference?

Oh, and a final, smartass question about the end of the above invitation:

"If you would like to continue to be informed about future IPSI BgD conferences, please reply to this e-mail message with a subject line of SUBSCRIBE.

If you would like to be removed from our mailing list, please reply to this e-mail message with a subject line of REMOVE."

What happens if you do neither? Is it something like a double-slit experiment?

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