What is SPMS?

SPMS is a tool for proceedings production and event management developed by the JACoW Collaboration. SPMS includes capabilities for the following:

  • Scientific Program Administration
    • All activities related to organization of the scientific program by the Scientific Program Committee
    • All activities from preconference abstract submission to the upload of contributions during the conference to publication of the proceedings
    • Reports and tracking
    • Email utilities
    • Refereeing
  • Proceedings Production and Administration
    • All activities related to editing of contributions to the proceedings and production of metadata for final proceedings production
    • Automated postconference proceedings production and publication
  • Event Management
    • Registration, industrial exhibitions, student programs, etc.
    • Management of payments of fees and social programs

JACoW conferences have the added benefit of linking to a central repository that contains profiles of members of the accelerator community and details of the associated laboratories, universities, and institutes subject to their agreement to the JACoW terms and conditions.

JACoW conferences have the option, and are encouraged, to use experienced SPMS regional support centres to manage their SPMS installations. Each region provides database and web services for SPMS only.

  • KEK manages all Asian conferences.
  • CERN manages all European conferences.
  • Fermilab manages all North American conferences.

A networked JACoW file server has been made available by the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) for use at JACoW conferences.

SPMS was developed by, and continues to be maintained by, the JACoW Collaboration. The principle author is Matthew Arena of Fermilab, now responsible for the Scientific Program Module. The event management modules are maintained by Ivan Andrian of Sincrotrone Trieste*, and the automated postconference proceedings production scripts are maintained by Volker Schaa of GSI.

*Supported by the European Community--Research Infrastructure Action under the FP6 "Structuring the European Research Area" Programme (through the Integrated Infrastructure Initiative "Integrating Activity on Synchrotron and Free Electron Laser Science").