October 24-26, 2007
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Session Formats

ICHIM07 featured a variety of sessions exploring all aspects of the creation, development, maintenance and evaluation of Web sites in museums, cultural and heritage organizations.

Session Formats

ICHIM07 offered a number of different formats within which work was presented.

Papers in Sessions

In this traditional conference presentation format, thematic groups of three or four papers are presented in a set time slot, moderated by a chairperson. Written papers are required. Speakers present their salient contributions in approximately 20 minutes, and the chair facilitates a question period. Papers are reviewed individually; proposals for entire sessions are seldom accepted.


In this less formal presentation format, project managers are invited to brief colleagues on their work in a ‘poster session’ environment. Briefings allow for smaller group conversation. Written project briefs are required and will be distributed to delegates.

Systems designers, developers and users are invited to demonstrate their software, tools and techniques. Demonstrations allow for one-to-one conversation. Written papers are required and will be distributed to delegates.
For this innovative presentation format a time and space is set aside for the exchange of ideas – often creative or artistic – in a less structured, more interactive manner. Presenters are in charge of designing the interaction and facilitating it. Written papers are encouraged.
Interactions: Mini-Workshops
With a time-slot slightly longer than a formal paper, a mini-workshop allows for the presentation of a practical skill, and the development of a discussion with the audience about its execution. Written papers are required.
Interactions: Professional Forum
In this discussion-based format, a time and space are set aside for the exploration of issues and developments facing the profession. The Convener, who proposes the forum, presents the issue, and facilitates the discussion. Written position papers or ‘white papers’ to stimulate the discussion are required.

Proposal Review

All proposals were subject to critical peer-review. Participants were selected by the Program Committee, based on the quality of their proposals, their previous work, and the recommendations of the committee.