conf.reseachr.org uses the term edition to mean an instance of a conference series, for example, “PLDI 2016” in the “PLDI” series.

Edition means, for a given fixed information content, “a particular size, style, version, or form in which [the content] is made available” [1]. Since (hopefully, at least :o) ) each conference series instance is composed of fresh content, edition is not a proper term here.

Parliamentarians would call “PLDI 2016” a session [2], but this may be a confusing overloading of that word in this domain.

I suggest that the term “meeting” be used in place of edition in conf.reseachr.org.

P.S.: Thanks for building conf.reseachr.org. It has really improved the quality of conference sites!


[1] NISO standard Z39.29
[2] Robert’s Rules of Order section 63

Submitted on 17 April 2017 at 03:00

On 17 April 2017 at 13:35 Eelco Visser commented:

We’re using edition in the sense of the third bullet below

edition |ɪˈdɪʃ(ə)n|
noun
1 a particular form or version of a published text: a paperback edition.
• a particular version of a text maintained by regular revision: a first edition.
2 the total number of copies of a book, newspaper, or other published material issued at one time: variations occurred after some of the edition had already been published.
3 a particular instance of a regular radio or television programme: the Monday edition will be repeated on Wednesdays.
• [in singular] a person or thing that is compared to another as a copy to an original: the building was a simpler edition of its namesake.

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