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Southern Cross University’s AusWeb Conference Series celebrates 10th Anniversary as nation’s premier Web conference


7 June 2004
The AusWeb Conference Series will celebrate its 10th anniversary on the Gold Coast next month.

AusWeb, hosted by Southern Cross University, has established itself as Australia’s premier Web conference with a track record for delivering the most in-depth coverage of Web technology and applications of any Australian conference.

In 1998 AusWeb - the inspiration of two Southern Cross University academics Allan Ellis and Roger Debreceny - was the first regional Web conference to be endorsed by the International World Wide Web Conference Committee (, the body that organises the International World Wide Web conference series. In 2002 the conference had the added support of the recently established Australian office of W3C (

AusWeb04 promises to continue the tradition of AusWeb as the thinking persons Web conference and the premier World Wide Web event in Australia.

Other specialist conferences are held on specific Web technologies but AusWeb is the only conference that brings it all together under one roof.

Key note speakers this year will include IBM Software Group security architect Mary Ellen Zurko, cyber law expert Dr Eugene Clark, Professor of Law and Head of School, University of Canberra, Lieutenant Colonel Andre Greenberry, who will outline the Australian Army’s plan to progressively move to more flexible delivery systems, educational technologies expert Murray Goldberg, the founder of WebCT which is now used daily by about 10 million students, and Satya Anupindi, General Manager for Business Innovation and Development Group in Telstra Research Laboratories.

Associate Professor and Conference Chair Allan Ellis said AusWeb04 would focus on providing information and creating opportunities for discussion, debate and networking.

“It will not run hour after hour of presentations where delegates are talked at. Utilising the technology of the Web all accepted papers for the conference will be made available at our Web site a full month in advance of the conference,” he said.

“Paper presentations at the conference are then short and more time is devoted to discussion, debate and questioning with the authors being introduced by a chairperson and moderator in each session.

“All abstracts and papers submitted for AusWeb04 will be fully referred for relevance, quality and originality by our review panel. This ensures all conference papers will be of a high standard that conforms to DETYA’s refereeing standards.”

AusWeb04 offers a range of experiences for anyone interested in the WWW including paper sessions with experts in their field, coordinated special interest groups, a wide range of pre and post conference workshops and tutorials and first class national and international keynote speakers.

AusWeb04 will be held at the Sea World Nara Resort from July 3-7.

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