IUC25 Call for Papers

Twenty-fifth Internationalization and Unicode Conference

Unicode in Government: Building a Multilingual Infrastructure

The Unicode Consortium

Washington D.C., USA, March 31 - April 2, 2004

The Internationalization & Unicode Conference is the premier technical conference worldwide for both software and Web internationalization. The conference features tutorials, lectures, and panel discussions that provide coverage of standards, best practices, and recent advances in the globalization of software and the Internet.

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The Institute of Localisation Professionals (TILP)

Conference Highlights

As the theme suggests, this conference will focus on solutions that address the language and multilingual requirements of governments around the world. (Read the details.) Other conference highlights include:

  • TILP on Localization

    The Institute of Localisation Professionals (TILP) will chair a track devoted to localization standards, tools, methodologies and techniques.

  • Automation Of Natural Language Processing

    Information retrieval, data mining, machine translation, speech processing and other software that analyze, understand, or generate natural human languages.

  • Exhibitor's Showcase and Panel Sessions

    A forum on the latest advances in language tools and technologies.

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Key dates

Submissions due:
Nov. 14, 2003

Notification date:
Dec. 5, 2003

Completed papers due:
Jan. 9, 2004


Washington, D.C., USA
Mar. 31-Apr. 2, 2004


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New technologies, innovative Internet applications, and the evolving Unicode Standard bring new challenges along with their new capabilities. This technical conference will explore the opportunities created by the latest advances, how to leverage them, and the potential pitfalls. Their impact on business and the problem areas that need further research will also be identified. Best practices for designing applications that can accommodate any language will be demonstrated.

Attendees benefit from the wide range of basic to advanced topics and the opportunities for dialog and idea exchange with experts and peers.

We invite you to submit papers on the conference themes or topics that relate to Unicode or any aspect of software and Web Internationalization. You can view the programs of previous conferences.

A submission must contain an abstract and a speaker's biography. For more details and an online submission form, see the IUC25 Submission Instructions.


Conference attendees are generally involved in either the development and deployment of Unicode software, or the globalization of software and the Internet. They include managers, software engineers, testers, systems analysts, program managers, font designers, graphic designers, content developers, web designers, web administrators, site coordinators, technical writers, and product marketing personnel.

THEME: Unicode in Government: Building a Multilingual Infrastructure

This conference will focus on solutions that address the language and multilingual requirements of governments and industries around the world.

Technologies built on the Unicode Character Standard make it feasible today to build a multilingual infrastructure that satisfies these requirements. This conference will examine the requirements and explore recent advances as well as traditional best-practices. The Washington DC venue was specifically chosen to allow discussion and peer networking around the needs of government including topics such as U.S. Homeland Security, and the European Union's challenges supporting all its official languages.

Example Building Multilingual Infrastructure topics include:

Other Topics

Other topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

We invite you to submit papers which define tomorrow's computing, demonstrate best practices in computing today, or articulate problems that must be solved before further advances can occur. Presentations should be geared towards a technical audience.


The conference runs multiple sessions simultaneously to maximize the value provided. Meeting formats are varied, providing for a mix of lecture, demonstration, and discussion:

All sessions except the Workshops/Tutorials will be of 40 minute duration. In some cases, two consecutive 40 minute program slots may be devoted to a single session.

The Workshops/Tutorials will each last approximately three hours. They should be designed to stimulate discussion and participation, using slides and demonstrations.


If your paper is accepted, your details will be included in the Conference brochure and Web pages and the paper itself will appear on a Conference CD.


Once your paper is accepted you need to register for the conference. Primary speakers get a discount of 50% off of the conference fee. This substantially reduced conference fee includes full participation at all conference and tutorial sessions, and related conference privileges such as food, beverage and the special event dinner.

For a submission with multiple speakers, please designate the person who is to qualify for the primary speaker discount. The speaker fee must be received by the Completed Papers Due Date.


The Conference SHOWCASE area is for corporations and individuals who wish to display and promote their products, technology and/or services. Every effort will be made to provide maximum exposure, advertising and traffic.

Exhibit space is limited. For further information or to reserve a place, please contact Global Meeting Services at the above location.


The Unicode Consortium is a non-profit organization dedicated to the development, maintenance and promotion of The Unicode Standard, a worldwide character encoding. The Unicode Standard encodes the characters of the world's principal scripts and languages, and is code-for-code identical to the international standard ISO/IEC 10646. The Consortium also defines character properties and algorithms for use in implementations. The membership base of the Unicode Consortium includes major computer corporations, software producers, database vendors, research institutions, international agencies and various user groups.

For further information on the Unicode Standard, visit the Unicode Consortium Web site.

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