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IBM Cambridge Research Center

  Project: Caucus -- Supporting Program Committees

Researchers: Mark Day, Kenneth Pang, Quinton Zondervan

A Collaborative User Experience Project:

Caucus is a Lotus Domino application that supports program committees in collecting and disseminating reviews of papers submitted for a conference.

Caucus provides program chairpersons with powerful customizing and replicating tools via a Notes client. Reviewers use a conventional Web browser to enter and edit their reviews. The system takes advantage of Domino's flexibility and powerful access control mechanism to provide customized views of the papers and reviews for each reviewer. It also reveals more information about reviews to members of the program committee as the reviewing process proceeds.

Caucus was first used to support the 1997 ACM Conference on Object-Oriented Programming Systems, Languages, and Applications (OOPSLA '97) and was then heavily revised for the 1998 ACM Conference on Computer-Human Interaction (CHI '98). Both of those conferences were supported entirely by Lotus Research.

Later Caucus was used for the 1998 ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW '98). For CSCW '98, the application was commercially hosted by Forrester Consulting Group, Inc. (FCGI), a Lotus Business Partner, with technical support provided by Lotus Research.

Most recently, Caucus was used for CHI '99, supported entirely by FCGI. We are licensing Caucus to Lotus Business Partners for incorporation into their value-added Domino-based offerings.