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         +=======           November 2005             =======+

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                       Contents of This Issue

   o  French Software Testing Board

   o  Special Issue of the International Journal of Web Services

   o  The IT Metrics and Productivity Journal

   o  eValid News and Product Items

   o  ACM Symposium on Software Visualization

   o  Conference on Trust Management

   o  New Section on Software Architecture, Journal of Systems &

   o  Montreal Conference on Internet Technologies

   o  European Performance Engineering Workshop

   o  Web Information Systems and Technologies

   o  QTN Article Submittal, Subscription Information


                   French Software Testing Board

The CFTL (French Software Testing Board) is proud to announce its
participation to the ICSSEA conference organized by the CNAM in
Paris on 29-30 November and 1st December 2005.

ICSSEA is a yearly conference in Paris (France) organized by the
CMSL department of CNAM.  This year's conference is entitled :
18mes Journaes Internationales "Genie Logiciel & Ingenierie de
Systemes et leurs Applications"

More detailed information can be obtained at


            Special Issue of the International Journal
                 of Web Services Research  (IJWSR)

         On Web Services Discovery and Composition Systems

Using service-oriented computing approaches (i.e. web services), the
capabilities of organizations can be openly exposed, easily searched
and discovered, and made readily-accessible to humans and
particularly to machines. Artificial intelligence and software
engineering researchers alike are intrigued by the promise of
ubiquitously discovering and incorporating services into their own
business processes (i.e. composition and orchestration). With
growing acceptance of service-oriented computing, an emerging area
of research is the investigation of technologies that will enable
the discovery and composition of web services.

This proposed special issue solicits high-quality papers on software
components and/or intelligent agents that can discover pertinent web
services and compose them to create higher-level functionality. For
this special issue, all the submitted manuscripts will undergo a
rigorous peer-reviewing process and the selection criteria include
both the system design's elegancy as well as its practicability.
Each manuscript should include the evaluation section on the
effectiveness of the proposed approach based on a given Web services
repository. Repositories and example software are available at
http://ws- . Alternatively, authors may
submit the repository used in their evaluation. This will provide a
uniform section in each paper that will allow readers to understand
the benefits and limitations of the variety of approaches that were

The readers of this special issue will get an understanding of the
benefits and limitations of various approaches for composing web
services using Web Service Description Language (WSDL) files. Paper
submissions should be full research papers, typically between 17-27
journal pages.

      Guest Editors:

      M. Brian Blake, Ph.D.
      Department of Computer Science
      Georgetown University

      William K. Cheung, Ph.D.
      Department of Computer Science
      Hong Kong Baptist University

      Kwok Ching Tsui, Ph.D.
      The Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC)

      Andreas Wombacher, Ph.D.
      Information Systems Group
      Department of Computer Science
      University of Twente

Submissions and inquiries should
be sent to:
M. Brian Blake ( or William Cheung  


              The IT Metrics and Productivity Journal

Covering Best Practices in Software Development, Maintenance, and

The International Software Benchmarking Repository:  An Interview
with Peter Hill, ISBSG Executive Director

1. Interview with Peter Hill, Executive Director of the ISBSG
2. The ISBSG Data and its Uses
3. ISBSG Special Analysis Report: Early Lifecycle Software Estimation
4. Site of the Week
5. Book of the Week
6. Archives
7. FAQ
8. Dilbert

Quote of the Week

"Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored."  -Aldous
Huxley, novelist (1894-1963)


                   eValid: News and Product Items
New features in the current eValid release include:

  o New DOM Validation Support

    There now is full support for validation of the value of any
    object in the internal DOM of the page.  See the writeup of the
    new command at:

  o Microsoft Vista (Beta) and IE 7

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    Windows/Vista (Beta) operating system, and also has been
    confirmed operational on machines that run the new IE V7

  o eValid Training Classes

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      ACM Symposium on Software Visualization --  SOFTVIS '06

                        September 4-5, 2006
                            Brighton, UK


Software visualization encompasses the development and evaluation of
methods for graphically representing different aspects of software,
including its structure, its abstract and concrete execution, and
its evolution. The goal of this symposium is to provide a forum for
researchers from different backgrounds (HCI, software engineering,
programming languages, visualization, computer science education) to
discuss and present original research on software visualization.

Over the years SOFTIVS has become the premier venue for presenting
all types of research on software visualization. After SOFTVIS03 in
San Diego, and SOFTVIS05 in St. Louis, the third iteration of this
conference series will be co-located with the IEEE Symposium on
Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing and with the Psychology
of Programmers Interest Group (PPIG) Workshop in Brighton, UK.

Topics of interest include, but are not restricted to, the

    - Visualization of algorithms and programs
    - Visualization "beyond programs", eg: software design, database
      schemas, software process, security, debugging.
    - Software visualization in education
    - Integration of software visualization tools with development
    - Graph drawing algorithms for software visualization
    - Empirical evaluation of software visualization system

General Chair:
Eileen Kraemer, The University of Georgia, USA

Program Co-Chairs:
Margaret Burnett, Oregon State University, USA
Stephan Diehl, Catholic University Eichstaett, Germany


   4th International Conference on Trust Management (iTrust'2006)
                16-19 May 2006, Pisa, Tuscany, Italy


The iTrust international Conference looks at trust from
multidisciplinary perspectives: economic, legal, psychology,
philosophy, sociology, as well as information technology.

Building upon the work of the IST iTrust working group
( and the success of the three previous
iTrust International conferences, the aims of iTrust'2006 are to
attract a critical mass of experts from  industry, government, and
academia with a keen interest in  the area of trust management.

The objectives of the Conference are:

    - To facilitate the cross-disciplinary investigation of
      fundamental issues underpinning computational trust models by
      bringing together expertise from technology oriented sciences,
      law, philosophy and social sciences.
    - To facilitate the emergence of widely acceptable trust
      management processes for dynamic open systems and
    - To facilitate the development of new paradigms in the area of
      dynamic open systems which effectively utilize computational
      trust models.
    - To facilitate the integration of new trust management
      paradigms and emerging architectures for Grid computing and
      Virtual Organizations.
    - To help the incorporation of trust management elements into
      existing standards.

Topics of Interest:

Full technical papers contributing to the issue of trust management
are solicited in relevant areas, including but not limited to:

    - The legal notion of trust in computer science and engineering
    - Requirements and methodologies to ensure that the user can
      reasonably trust the functioning of software systems
    - Trust management frameworks for secure collaborations in
      dynamic Virtual Organizations
    - Design of trust-based architectures and decision-making
      mechanisms for e-community and e-service interactions
    - Trust specification, analysis, and reasoning
    - Dynamics of trust dispositions and relations
    - Realization of prototypes of software architectures and
    - Trust elements in contract negotiation, execution monitoring,
      re- negotiation and arbitration
    - Legal contribution to trust in technological infrastructures
      and interactions: the on-line identification of subjects, the
      evaluation of their reliability, data protection, security,
      privacy and, confidentiality, commercial transactions, the
      resolution of disputes, software agents, and management of
      access to source code
    - Trust in interaction and cooperation mediated through computer
      and network, and the balance of control and intervention
    - Research in on-line trust, the trust of the consumer towards
      the web sites of distribution companies - Analysis of the
      relationship between trust and such notions as confidence,
      distrust, diffidence, expectation, risk, and reliance
    - The economics of trust, privacy and security


General Chairs:
    Fabio Martinelli, IIT-CNR, Italy
    Fabio Massacci, University of Trento, Italy

Program Co-Chairs:
    Ketil Stoelen, SINTEF & University of Oslo, Norway
    William H. Winsborough, University of Texas at San Antonio, USA


               New Section on Software Architecture,
                  Journal of Systems and Software

The idea that the front end of the software development process
offers great leverage for producing good software has become
accepted wisdom in the academic and industrial communities. A
software architecture, reflecting the earliest and most far-reaching
design decisions about a system, epitomizes this wisdom. Over the
past several years software architecture has become an important
ingredient in successful software system development. Consequently,
the Journal of Systems and Software has introduced a new section
focusing on innovations in this field. Our goal is to publish
quality papers in this special section in every issue.

The Software Architecture Section provides a platform for academic
and industrial research in software architecture. Software
architecture reflects the earliest and most far-reaching design
decisions about a system.

Authors submitting papers in software architectures to the Journal
through the web site ( should direct
them to Hans van Vliet or Paul Clements for editing. We look forward
to receiving quality contributions from researchers in software


         The Montreal Conference on Internet Technologies


The conference aims at bringing together researchers and
practitioners interested in exploring the many facets of Internet
applications and technologies. Original and inter-disciplinary
approaches to these problems are highly encouraged. Authors focusing
on the technological aspects are encouraged to highlight economic,
managerial, or organizational implications of their work, and vice-
versa.The conference also includes an industrial track, providing a
forum for practitioners to present problems and case studies of the
uses of Internet technologies in their business.

The program committee will grant an Award to the best paper in terms
of originality, presentation, and impact. The finalists will be
submitted to the IEEE Internet Computing journal for publication.

TOPICS: Submissions are invited in the following areas: 1) Inter-
organizational processes, 2) electronic marketplaces, 3) Web
services, 4) Security and trust, 5) Middleware and infrastructure
services, 6) Internet-based collaborative work, 7) Developing for
the internet, and 8) Applications.


      3rd European Performance Engineering Workshop -- EPEW'06


                          21-22 June 2006
                         Budapest, Hungary

The European Performance Engineering Workshop is an annual event
that aims to gather researchers working on all aspects of
performance modeling and analysis. The venues of previous events
were:  in 2004: Toledo, Spain ( nd in 2005: Versailles, France

Papers on or related to the following topics are particularly

* Performance-oriented design and analysis methods
* Formal modeling paradigms:
     - stochastic process algebra
     - stochastic Petri nets
     - stochastic automata networks
     - Markov chains
     - queuing theory ...
* Solution and simplification techniques for Markov processes
* Model checking and validation
* Simulation techniques and experimental design
* Performance tools
* Performance case studies:
     - communication networks
     - mobile and wireless networks
     - software systems
     - distributed systems
     - system architectures
     - grid computing ...


                  2nd International Conference on
              Web Information Systems and Technologies
                            WEBIST 2006


                Setubal, Portugal, 19-22 April 2006

Organized by the Institute for Systems and Technologies of
Information, Control and Communication (INSTICC).  Sponsored by the
Polytechnic Institute of Setubal (PORTUGAL).

Keynote Speakers:
   Mark M. Davydov, Bank of America, USA
   Bebo White, Stanford University, USA
   Carmel McNaught, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
   Piet Kommers, University of Twente, The Netherlands
   Hermann Maurer, Graz University of Technology, Austria

   Mark M. Davydov, Bank of America, USA
   (list not yet complete)

Conference Chair:
        Joaquim Filipe, E.S.T. Setubal, Portugal

Program Chair:
        Jose Cordeiro, E.S.T. Setubal, Portugal


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