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LISA '06 Call For Papers

Usenix/SAGE has announced their call-for-papers for LISA 2006.

This is the 20th Large Installation System Administration Conference. Has it really been 20 years? Wow, how time flies. This year's conference will be December 3-8, 2006 in Washington, D.C. (The deadline for paper submission is May 23, 2006).

I wrote Bill LeFebvre and told him, "Ah heck, don't do the whole 'call for papers' thing this year! You're a smart guy! Write all the papers yourself! You gots tons of ideas."

But no, he wouldn't listen to me.

He said, "Tom, that's not how the conference works. We collect papers from all over the world that real sysadmins submit. These papers describe solutions and innovations from everything from video processing to new security issues to better ways to run helpdesks. So we collect them and read them all and pick the absolute very best. Just those papers are accepted and presented at the conference." (Footnote: By now I hope you realize this conversation is fictional.)

"Bah!" I replied. "That sounds like a lot of work! The conference has been around for 20 years! Why not just pick 20 past papers and reprint them. Nobody will know the difference."

"Tom, that'd be looking at the past." Bill rebuffed. "While it's always good to remember our history, LISA is about innovation. We look for papers that are forward-looking. Attendees come back from our conference saying, 'Wow! I just saw the future! I'm going to look like a freakin' genius with the new 'vision' I have for our little IT group." (Footnote: Bill would never use the term "freakin'")

"Oh well, I guess you're right." I said. That's a much better idea!

(insert "ABC After School Special" theme song)

And that's how I learned all about the importance of submitting papers to LISA.

(Disclaimer: Bill has no idea I wrote this. Click below to read the actual "Call for Papers")

Call for Papers
LISA '06: 20th Large Installation System Administration Conference
December 3-8, 2006, Washington, D.C., USA
Extended Abstract and Paper Submissions Deadline: May 23, 2006
Sponsored by USENIX and SAGE

Dear Colleague

The LISA '06 organizers invite you to contribute proposals for refereed papers, invited talks, and workshops, plus any ideas you have for Guru Is In sessions, Work-in-Progress reports, and training sessions.

The Call for Participation with submission guidelines and sample topics can be found on the USENIX Web site at

The annual LISA conference is the meeting place of choice for system, network, security, and other computing administrators. Administrators of all specialties and levels of expertise meet at LISA to exchange ideas, sharpen skills, learn new techniques, debate current issues, and meet colleagues and friends.

People representing every work assignment from the full-time position at a large site to the part-time one at a small shop come to LISA from over 30 countries, bringing a variety of backgrounds and experience levels to the conference dedicated to them. System and network administrators from environments as diverse as academia, large corporations, small businesses, government organizations, and research sites find LISA to be the place to go for training, education, networking, and interacting with their peers.

The conference's diverse group of participants is matched by an equally broad spectrum of activities:

* Training sessions for both beginners and experienced attendees cover many administrative topics ranging from basic administrative procedures to using cutting-edge technologies.

* Refereed papers present the latest developments and ideas related to system and network administration.

* Invited talks and panels discuss important and timely topics and often spark lively debates and conversation.

* Work-in-progress reports (WiPs) provide brief peeks at next year's innovations.

* Submit a draft paper or extended abstract proposal for a refereed paper.
* Suggest an invited talk speaker.
* Share your experience by leading a Guru Is In session.
* Propose a training session topic.
* Organize or suggest a Birds-of-a-Feather (BoF) session.
* Email an idea to the chair: [email protected]

Extended Abstract and Paper Submissions Deadline: May 23, 2006
Invited Talks proposals due: June 1, 2006
Notification to authors: July 12 2006
Final papers due: September 12, 2006
Submission guidelines and more information can be found at
Sponsored by USENIX and SAGE

We look forward to hearing from you!

On behalf of the LISA '06 Program Committee,

William LeFebvre
[email protected]

Posted by Tom Limoncelli in Conferences

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