Papers in the ACM Digital Library

My paper on “Developing countries; developing experiences: approaches to accessibility for the real world“, which I summarised in a recent blog post, is now available from the ACM Digital Library. If you wish you can purchase the PDF from the ACM – but you may prefer to download the author’s copy from the UKOLN Web site 🙂  – from which you can also view the HTML version of the paper (a format not available in the ACM Digital Library).

When I visited the ACM Digital Library I noticed that I could browse other papers I had written which are available there, including “Accessibility 2.0: people, policies and processes“, “Contextual web accessibility – maximizing the benefit of accessibility guidelines“, “One world, one web … but great diversity“, “Forcing standardization or accommodating diversity?: a framework for applying the WCAG in the real world“,”A quality framework for web site quality: user satisfaction and quality assurance“,”Personalization and accessibility: integration of library and web approaches” and “Archiving web site resources: a records management view“.

Usage statistics for "Brian kelly" in ACM Digital LibraryThere were also eight papers by Brian W Kelly, Bryan Kelly and another Brian Kelly. These false hits will have skewed the bibiliometrics provided on the ACM Digital Library Web site (and also illustrated). However  the most recent paper by another Brian Kelly was published back in 2002 and there only seem to be four  downloads from other Brian Kellys – so most of the statistics shown do seem to relate to my work.

In addition to the papers listed above (which I’ve written during the past five years while based at UKOLN), there was also a paper on “Becoming an information provider on the World Wide Web” which was published by JENC in 1994 in the Selected papers of the annual conference on Internet Society/5th joint European networking conference.

Bungee Jumping

Seeing the reference to this paper brought back memories. This was the first ever peer-reviewed paper I ever wrote and the INET’94/JENC5 conference, held in Prague in 1994, was the first international conference I ever attended. I can also remember  when I decided to submit a paper to the conference. I was on holiday staying at Victoria Falls in January 1994, mulling over whether to submit a paper (at the time I was an Information officer at Leeds University and had  given training courses and a few low-key presentations – but was nervous at the thought of speaking at an international conference).

Bungee jumping off the Victoria Falls Bridge in Zambia/Zimbabwe (from Wikipedia)In the end, after being slightly disappointed after a half-day white-water rafting down the mighty Zambezi River (it was the rainy season so we sailed over many of the rapids) I decided to bungee jump off the Victoria Falls bridge (I remember being told it was the world’s highest commercial bungee jump). “If I can jump off the Victoria Falls bridge, I can do anything” I told myself “included presenting a paper at an international conference“.

So I paid the money (£60?) and went to the bridge.  There were two of us who had booked the jump and, while we were waiting for the equipment to be set up, we asked what the jump was like. “The jump is easy” we were told “But once you are lowered to the bottom, the scary part starts. You have to climb up the gorge – which is very steep.  And once you reach the bridge and have to climb up the bridge it get even more scary – although the bridge is solid, your brain doesn’t believe the evidence. Many people are in tears when they reach the top“.

After being told the story the organisers came back with some news – no jumping for the day. It had been raining and it was too dangerous to climb up the gorge.  I have to admit being secretly pleased – I’d made the commitment to make the jump, and for me, that was good enough.  And when I got back to work I worked on a paper and was pleased when it was accepted. The paper was presented in the Concert hall in the Palace of Culture in Prague. When I read details about the venue I discovered that the main hall held up to 6,00 people, but the Concert Hall only held about 1,00 people and it wasn’t full when I gave the paper. My aborted jump from Victoria Falls bridge stood me in good stead then.

I have tracked down a copy of the paper (Adobe Postscript format). I have also discovered a brief report on my presentation by George Brett. Little did I know while standing on the Victoria Falls bridge waiting for the rain to ease off what my decision to write a paper about the Web (or WWW as it was then referred to) would lead to!