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Conference Program & Online Materials

Because the program is subject to minor changes, we recommend that you revisit this Web page periodically. Online materials will be added as they become available.

Key to Conference Tracks:

Green Diamond: Managing Content Applications
Blue Diamond: Secuity/Databases/Scripting Security/Databases/Scripting
Pink Diamond: Penn State Systems and Services Penn State Systems and Services
Yellow Diamond: Standards Standards
Teal Diamond: Web Graphics/Design/Architecture Web Graphics/Design/Architecture

Monday, June 13, 2005: Preconference Tutorials

Information Sciences and Technology Building

8 a.m. - Noon
PHP and the Current State of ITS Web Application Engines
- Jeff D'Angelo, Systems Analyst, Information
Technology Services

This 4-hour hands-on tutorial will show novices to PHP how to use the PHP capabilities of ITS-hosted Web services. Details pertaining specifically about ITS-hosted Web services will be provided including the current state of PHP and other application engines and future directions. Seasoned PHP programmers can take advantage of the ITS-specific details such as using PHP with the modules installed, LDAP and Penn State WebAccess.

Level: Intermediate
Recommended Skills: General Web, Internet, and computing concepts. Programming experience helpful but not required. Working knowledge of the Penn State Access Account and Personal Web space. Both a Penn State Access Account and some form of ITS-hosted Web space (Personal, Clubs, Departmental or Course) required.

203 Information Sciences and Technology Building

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8 a.m. - Noon
Cascading Style Sheets
- Christian Vinten-Johansen, Programmer/Analyst, Teaching and Learning With Technology, Information Technology Services

This hands-on tutorial will introduce the power of Cascading Style Sheets for creating beautiful and accessible Web pages. Following a brief introduction to the role of XHTML and structured markup in modern design, participants will style and lay out a template Web page. Topics covered: font styles, two-column layout, strategies for creating new style sheets, print and device styles.

Level: Intermediate
Recommended Skills: Experience with coding HTML (reliance on WYSIWYG Web editors is not sufficient)

113 Information Sciences and Technology Building (Cybertorium)

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1 - 5 p.m.

Authentication and Authorization at Penn State
- James Vuccolo, Manager, Software Technologies Group, Information Technology Services
- Phil Pishioneri, Manager, Information Technology Services

The purpose of this 4-hour workshop is to provide the attendee with a broad overview of authentication and authorization at Penn State. From an authentication standpoint, the life cycle for Access and Friends of Penn State (FPS) Accounts will be detailed. The use of LDAP as a tool for authorization will be presented along with code samples. Penn State's Single Sign-On (SSO) solution, Penn State WebAccess will be discussed in detail. The attendee will be presented with solutions for various platforms/Web servers. The attendee should expect to see many demos, configuration samples and code samples.

Level: Advanced
Recommended Skills: Basic knowledge of the Penn State Access Account, authentication, and authorization as well as some programming and server administration experience

113 Information Sciences and Technology Building (Cybertorium)

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1 - 5 p.m.
Writing and Editing for the Web
- Suzanne Wayne, Promotional Copywriter, Marketing and Media Relations, Smeal College of Business

This tutorial is designed for anyone who writes and edits Web content at Penn State. It includes a look at proven guidelines for writing for the Web; the considerations a writer should make before they write for any medium, such as audience, purpose, and tone; and strategies for getting content from content owners such as department heads and faculty. The tutorial will be broken up by actual exercises, including writing new content, editing existing content for the Web, writing links and headlines, and writing to optimize search engine placement.

Level: Intermediate
Recommended Skills: Participants should have an understanding of basic English grammar concepts such as first-, second-, or third-person and active or passive voice

210 Information Sciences and Technology Building

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1 - 5 p.m.
Adobe Creative Suite 2, Designing for Print, Web, and Mobile publishing
- Lynn Grillo, Creative Pro Application Engineer, Adobe
Systems, Inc.

Adobe Creative Suite 2 Premium software is a unified design environment that combines full new versions of Adobe Photoshop CS2, Illustrator CS2, InDesign CS2, GoLive CS2, and Acrobat 7.0 Professional software with new Version Cue CS2, Adobe Bridge, and Adobe Stock Photos. Delivering the next level of integration in creative software, Adobe Creative Suite 2 enables you to realize your ideas anywhere — in print, on the Web, or on mobile devices. Join Lynn Grillo as she explores each of the new applications and reveals the fantastic new features in this ground-breaking release!

Level: Introductory
Recommended Skills: None

208 Information Sciences and Technology Building

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1 - 5 p.m.
Web in Motion: Macromedia Flash, from Buttons to Full Web pages
- Mark Staub, Project Manager, The Computer Store, Information Technology Services

This tutorial looks at the Macromedia Flash application and the functions that are possible. It starts with a brief overview of the interface and work environment and touches on some key functions and abilities that can be achieved with graphics, the timeline, and ActionScript. The tutorial will then move into some more advanced interactions and ActionScript that may be used on a Web site and will finish with an actual Web site project that is completely done in Flash.

Level: Intermediate
Recommended Skills: Basic understanding of the Macromedia Flash interface, and prior experience with HTML

203 Information Sciences and Technology Building

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5 - 7 p.m.

Catered Reception for All Conference Attendees
Please join Web conference chair Kathy Mayberry and her committee for the annual reception on Monday, June 13. All Web conference registrants are invited to attend the conference reception on Monday, June 13 from 5 - 7 p.m. in the Atrium of the Information Sciences and Technology Building.

Good food and networking opportunities will be available, including an opportunity to meet the conference keynote speakers, Daniel Frommelt and Jared Spool.

Also, at this event, please join us to view the the poster sessions, new to the reception this year!

The reception is sponsored in part by the ITS Computer Store. Catering is provided by Harrison's.

"The reception was like a 'welcome' from the conference committee and a chance to meet colleagues without having to rush to get to the next session. I appreciated having conference 'ambassadors' in attendance wearing special tags, badges identifying them, and making sure that things ran smoothly. The food was excellent and the fountain that dispensed some of the refreshments was elegant. My best conversations occurred when I found a place to sit for a few minutes to chat in more depth with new acquaintances. Thank you for a charming addition to the conference itinerary."

- Attendee from Last Year's Conference

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Tuesday, June 14, 2005: Web 2005 Conference

Penn Stater Conference Center

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7:30 - 8:15 Registration and Refreshments (President's Hall Foyer)

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8:15 - 9:30

Opening Remarks
- Kathy Mayberry, Conference Chair

Keynote Presentation
- Jared Spool, Founding Principal, User Interface Engineering

Jared Spool is among the best known authorities in user interface design and human factors in computing. With his characteristc humor and humanity, he will draw on his recent work on designing for the scent of information, intuitive interfaces, and introduction of design changes that will be embraced - not resisted - by your users.

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9:30-9:45 Break

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Green Diamond: Managing Content 9:45-10:45 (Session 1)
Web and Mobile Authoring with Adobe GoLive CS2
- Lynn Grillo, Creative Pro Application Engineer, Adobe Systems, Inc.

Adobe GoLive CS2 software is the latest major release of Adobe GoLive, a professional, standards-based Web and mobile authoring program. This powerful new release introduces innovative new CSS layout tools, a rich environment for mobile content development based on open standards, and tighter integration with other components of the Adobe Creative Suite 2. Join Lynn Grillo as she goes in depth to reveal the power of GoLive CS2.

Level: Intermediate
Recommended Skills: Knowledge of Web terminology

Room 207

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Blue Diamond: Secuity/Databases/Scripting 9:45-10:45 (Session 1)
Connecting to eCommerce
- Aaron Hofelt, eCommerce Consultant, Information Technology Services
- Eric Helfen, Applications Programmer/Analyst, Information Technology Services
- Lance Boone, Applications Programmer/Analyst, Information Technology Services

eCommerce Services allow University applications to process payments through the AIS central payment processors. This presentation demonstrates the steps a programmer will do to connect their application to process online payments. We will also include an overview of the advantages of using the AIS central processor.

Level: Intermediate
Recommended Skills: Basic knowledge of a programming language and Web site/design knowledge

Room 106

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Yellow Diamond: Standards 9:45-10:45 (Session 1)
Penn State WebAccess and LDAP for Web Applications
- Dan Lehman, Facilities and Network Coordinator, Materials Research Institute

A Web-based event registration application that uses Penn State WebAccess and LDAP connectivity (using LDAPServices' ActiveX LDAP Client) will be presented.  Participants will learn about implementing these two tools to create an easy-to-use interface with pre-populated forms.  Penn State WebAccess will be demonstrated for both Penn State Access Account and Friends of Penn State (service expected 5/11/05) authentication.  The examples provided will demonstrate these two tools on Microsoft Internet Information Services 6.0 using VBScript coded ASP pages, Dimac's w3Jmail and a Microsoft SQL or Access database for data storage.

Level: Advanced
Recommended Skills: Experience with IIS administration, VBScripting and SQL statements beneficial, but not mandatory

Room 108

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Teal Diamond: Web Graphics/Design/Architecture 9:45-10:45 (Session 1)
A Roundtable Discussion with Jared Spool
- Jared Spool, Founding Principal, User Interface Engineering

If Jared's Keynote presentation sparked your interest and you would like to learn more, join him for a continuation of the discussion in a more intimate setting.

Level: Intermediate
Recommended Skills: Moderate experience in Web design

Room 208

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Teal Diamond: Web Graphics/Design/Architecture 9:45-10:45 (Session 1)
Writing and Editing for the Web
- Suzanne Wayne, Promotional Copywriter, Marketing and Media Relations, Smeal College of Business

This presentation is designed for anyone who writes and edits Web content. We will look at proven guidelines for writing for the Web, and review information that writers at Penn State should especially be familiar with. We will conclude with a look at the considerations a writer should make before they write for any medium, such as audience, purpose, and tone.

Level: Introductory
Recommended Skills: Participants should have an understanding of basic English grammar concepts such as first-, second- and third-person and active or passive voice.

Room 206

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10:45 - 11:00 Break

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Green Diamond: Managing Content 11 - 12 (Session 2)
Open Source Content Management at Penn State
- Christian Vinten-Johansen, Programmer/Analyst, Teaching and Learning With Technology, Information Technology Services
- Michael Halm, Senior Strategist, Teaching and Learning With Technology, Information Technology Services

Work has begun on customizing an Open Source Content Management System for the Penn State Web environment. The CMS uses the object-oriented framework of Zope. Zope will work on any server platform, nearly all relational databases, and can be configured by means of add-on products to provide a vast array of powerful functionality including remote content creation and WYSIWYG editing, role-based work flow and Kerberos authentication. Additionally, this implementation meets the Penn State policy AD54 requirements for Web standards and accessibility.

Level: Intermediate
Recommended Skills: Experience with Web site administration and Web page development

Room 106

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Blue Diamond: Secuity/Databases/Scripting 11 - 12 (Session 2)
Better Web Site Code Reuse through Functions and Objects
- Brian Panulla, Programmer/Analyst, HigherEdJobs.com

The majority of the time spent working on a Web application is spent during the maintenance of a deployed application, and not on Information Technology Services original development. While Object-Oriented Design techniques are common in the Java world, many of the simpler concepts can be applied to more traditionally- procedural languages, like ColdFusion and PHP, to reduce maintenance time and cost. This session will cover simple aspects of techniques, such as developing an N-Tier application architecture, Data Access Objects, and data encapsulation as they apply to Web site development.

Level: Advanced
Recommended Skills: Experience coding Web applications in a procedural language, such as ColdFusion, PHP, or ASP

Room 206

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Pink Diamond: Penn State Systems and Services 11 - 12 (Session 2)
PHP and the Current State of ITS Web Application Engines
- Jeff D'Angelo, Systems Analyst, Information Technology Services

Novices to PHP will learn how to use the PHP capabilities of ITS-hosted Web services. Details pertaining specifically to ITS-hosted Web services will be provided including the current state of PHP and other application engines and future directions. Seasoned PHP programmers can take advantage of the ITS-specific details such as using PHP with the modules installed, LDAP, and Penn State WebAccess.

Level: Intermediate
Recommended Skills: General Web, Internet, and computing concepts assumed. Programming experience helpful but not required. It is also assumed all participants will have a working knowledge of the Penn State Access Account and some form of ITS-hosted Web space. Knowledge of both is required to follow examples.

Room 108

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Yellow Diamond: Standards 11 - 12 (Session 2)
Conversion to Web Standards: Tips, Tricks and Methods
- Daniel Frommelt, University World Wide Web Coordinator, Office of Information Technology, University of Wisconsin, Platteville

Learn how to take a common site and walk through the Web Standards conversion; reducing file size, minimize bandwidth, generate printer friendly pages, search engine optimization and greater Accessibility. The presentation walks through the methods of rebuilding a site with XHTML and CSS.

The presentation will focus on a transition of a Web site that was built with a table structure and convert it to a Web Standards structure. The new structure will use XHTML and CSS and focus on the benefits of Web Standards: reduction of markup, using a separate CSS file to control design, add printer friendly CSS pages, be more Accessible, and show how to do an alternative design for the site. There will also be discussion about how to optimize a site for search engines using semantic reduced markup, and discuss some general tips and tricks for making the CSS layout behave in a more predictable manner among numerous browsers. Sample files will be made available for the participants to review.

Level: Intermediate
Recommended Skills: Basic knowledge of HTML helpful

Room 207

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Teal Diamond: Web Graphics/Design/Architecture 11 - 12 (Session 2)
Caught in the Web: Survival Guide for New Webmasters
- Patti Fantaske, Senior Microcomputer System Consultant, Consulting and Support Services, Information Technology Services

Are you new to the world of the Webmaster? Or do you just feel as if you are behind the curve? This session will provide you with practical advice and a host of resources and services you can use to improve your skills as well as your site visitors' experiences. The session will include a basic explanation of emerging Web standards, the recent changes to AD54, and what they will mean to you.

Level: Introductory
Recommended Skills: No prior Web skills necessary

Room 208

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12:00 - 1:00 Luncheon Buffet (President's Hall 1, 2, & 3)

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Green Diamond: Managing Content 1 - 2 (Session 3)
Information Sharing with Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services
- Andrew Lawler, Senior Research Programmer, Information Technology Services

The Microsoft Windows SharePoint Service is an information sharing service included in Microsoft Windows Server 2003. WSS can be
used to create Web sites that are team oriented and foster collaboration. WSS also coordinates site content and makes it easer for users to work together on many applications. This is especially true with Microsoft Office 2003, which ties together contacts, events, tasks, calendars, and other information among different users. Administration, development, and collaboration are made easier with WSS.

Level: Introductory
Recommended Skills: Experience using a Web browser necessary. Knowledge of Microsoft Office 2003 helpful

Room 106

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Blue Diamond: Secuity/Databases/Scripting 1 - 2 (Session 3)
Tips for Better Database Use in Dynamic Sites
- Brian Panulla, Programmer/Analyst, HigherEdJobs.com

As more and more Web applications become dependent on relational databases, their success increasingly depends on effective database design and interaction methods. This session will cover good database design techniques such as a sound table architecture, proper use of data types and performance tuning tricks found in common relational database variants.

Level: Advanced
Recommended Skills: Prior experience developing database-enabled Web applications with SQL is required. No one specific programming language is required, though examples will be given in ColdFusion and PHP

Room 208

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Pink Diamond: Penn State Systems and Services 1 - 2 (Session 3)

What Are Digital Identities?
- Jeremy Hill, Computer Support Assistant, Information Technology Services
- Stanley Aungst, Assistant Professor of Information Sciences
and Technology, Penn State Mont Alto
- Yashar Fakhari, Graduate Student

Representations of digital identification are fast becoming more and more prominent in many areas. Secure servers use them to prove identity, users sign e-mail with them to prove identity, the new Penn State WebAccess service uses digital identification for authentication. This level of exposure, interest, and momentum is often partnered by numerous questions concerning these identities. This session will provide an overview of digital identities, what they mean, and how they are managed in general and at Penn State.

Level: Intermediate
Recommended Skills: A general understanding of digital identity management at Penn State is desirable but not required

Room 206

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Yellow Diamond: Standards 1 - 2 (Session 3)
Web policy AD54: Visual guides, Web Standards, Accessibility and You
- Christian Vinten-Johansen, Programmer/Analyst, Teaching and Learning With Technology, Information Technology Services
- Doug Stanfield, Web Manager, University Relations
- Ahmed Khadr, Programmer/Analyst, University Relations

A panel will offer a description of the recently revised Web policy AD54. The policy covers branding and use of the official Mark, minimum requirements applicable to all public sites, use of Web markup standards, compliance with Federal accessibility guidelines, and deadlines for compliance on Penn State sites.

Level: Intermediate
Recommended Skills: Exposure to CSS and XHTML, W3C standards, and accessibility issues helpful, but not necessary

Room 207

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Teal Diamond: Web Graphics/Design/Architecture 1 - 2 (Session 3)
Creating Demonstrations and Simulations in Macromedia Captivate
- Carlos Colon, e-Business Consultant, University Outreach

Macromedia Captivate (formerly RoboDemo) automatically records all onscreen actions and instantly creates an interactive Flash
simulation. Point and click to add text captions, narration, and e-learning interactions without any programming knowledge. E-learning
developers and educators use Captivate to create engaging and effective interactive training efficiently for distribution to large
audiences in a short period of time.

A full version of Macromedia Captivate will be given away at this session.

Level: Intermediate
Recommended Skills: None

Room 108

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2:00 - 2:15 Break and Refreshments

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Green Diamond: Managing Content 2:15 - 3:15 (Session 4)
When the Web Talks Back
- James Leous, Manager/Research Programmer, Emerging Technologies, Information Technology Services
- Mark Earnest, Lead Systems Programmer, Emerging Technologies, Information Technology Services
- Corey Riddle, Programmer/Analyst, Emerging Technologies,
Information Technology Services
- Michael Bérubé, Paterno Professor in Literature, College of The Liberal Arts

This presentation will cover Social Software/Web mediated collaboration tools such as Blogs, Group Blogs, and Wikis. Panelists will describe how Web mediated collaboration has changed the way they work and interact with colleagues as well as Internet users in general.

Level: Intermediate
Recommended Skills: Familiarity with authentication/Authorization would be nice. Experience with Wikis or Blogs, helpful but not necessary

Room 108

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Blue Diamond: Secuity/Databases/Scripting 2:15 - 3:15 (Session 4)
Mainframe Communication for Web Applications: The Generalized Interface (GI)
- Eric Helfen, Applications Programmer/Analyst, Information Technology Services

The Generalized Interface (GI) is an AIS solution for enabling mainframe communication in almost any development environment. By integrating GI calls into a Web application real-time mainframe data retrieval and updates can be realized. Integrating GI calls into a Web application is straightforward and once the process is understood a multitude of predefined services are available for use. In addition, new services are always being added.

Level: Intermediate
Recommended Skills: Basic knowledge of some type of server side Web development language/platform (ASP, ColdFusion, JSP, PHP, .NET, Smalltalk etc.) is recommended

Room 106

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Pink Diamond: Penn State Systems and Services 2:15 - 3:15 (Session 4)
PDF, PKI, WWW, and Your Workflow
- Jeremy Hill, Computer Support Assistant, Information
Technology Services

This presentation will provide a detailed discussion about the use of existing technologies to improve workflow. Specifically, PDF files, digital identities and signatures, Penn State Access Account Storage Space (PASS), and PDF plug-ins for Web browsers to review, sign, and verify digital signatures on documents will be demonstrated. Attendees will learn about workflow processes that move away from paper-based toward a completely electronic, Web-based method.

Level: Advanced
Recommended Skills: Basic, working knowledge of Adobe Acrobat, authentication at Penn State, digital identities and certificates, and PASS is strongly recommended

Room 206

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Yellow Diamond: Standards 2:15 - 3:15 (Session 4)
First Steps to Designing with Standards
- Christian Vinten-Johansen, Programmer/Analyst, Teaching and Learning With Technology, Information Technology Services

The first steps are always the hardest, and so it goes for developing with Web standards. This session presents tested methods for getting started with XHTML and CSS through an example using the Web 2005 conference home page. Once you have made your start, you will never look back!

Level: Introductory
Recommended Skills: Knowledge of HTML required

Room 207

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Teal Diamond: Web Graphics/Design/Architecture 2:15 - 3:15 (Session 4)
Take Another Look at Flash
- Mark Staub, Project Manager, The Computer Store, Information Technology Services

Macromedia Flash MX 2004 has improved its accessibility features and can be used for more than just animation. This session will illustrate some of the accessibility options that are built into Flash, as well as go over pulling data into flash either with ColdFusion and XML.

Level: Intermediate
Recommended Skills: Experience developing in Flash, experience or knowledge of ColdFusion and XML would be helpful

Room 208

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3:15 - 3:30 Break and Refreshments

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3:30 - 4:30
Closing Keynote Address: Benefits of Web Standards
- Daniel Frommelt, University World Wide Web Coordinator, Office of Information Technology, University of Wisconsin, Platteville

What you need to know about Web standards? Why you should care? How do you keep up with Web Standards? Why bother when your Web site works fine the way it is?

Technology moves fast. Adopting Web Standards can minimize development time, reduce file sizes to minimize bandwidth, create printer-friendly pages, increase your search engine ranking through optimization and use of semantics, and offer greater accessibility to your users. This presentation will contain a brief overview of Web Standards, the benefits, and demonstrate a conversion of a Web site from a traditional method of Web design to a Web standards based design.

President's Hall 3 and 4

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4:30 - 4:45 Door Prizes

President's Hall 3 and 4

 

When

Pre-conference Tutorials:
June 13
Web 2005 Conference:
June 14

Where

Tutorials: Information Sciences and Technology Building, University Park
Conference: Penn Stater Conference Center, University Park

Registration

Closed

More Information

Conference Committee

Contact

webconf@psu.edu
(814) 865-4757