SIG Writing 2012 Detailed Program
July 11, Wednesday: 9h-14h 14h-16h30 16h30-20h30
July 12, Thursday: 9h-11h 11h-14h 14h-20h
July 13, Friday: 9h-11h 11h-14h 14h-18h
Poster session I      
Poster session II      

A PDF file of the Detailed Program is available for download.

A PDF file of the Conference Program & Abstracts is available here.


Pre-Conference Workshops

Before the start of the conference, three workshops will be offered on Tuesday afternoon. You are most welcomed to attend and get acquainted with the latest developments in writing logging tools.

  • Workshop 1
  • Workshop 2
  • Workshop 3

A generic XML-structure for logging writing

Mariëlle Leijten and Luuk Van Waes
13h00, room 249

This workshop aims to further discuss the implementation of a proposed “generic XML-structure” for logging human interaction with the computer, and to briefly report on the main (technical) progress (c.q. problems) of the different programs.

ScriptLog, InputLog, and Writing Pro

Mariëlle Leijten and Luuk Van Waes
15h00, room 249

This workshop is a follow up session to the COST IS0703 Antwerp Training School on “Writing Process Research 2011: Keystroke Logging and Eye Tracking”. It will cover the recent developments on Scriptlog and Inputlog, and the announcement of a new tool, WritingPro.

1. Update Scriptlog and Inputlog
Both Scriptlog and Inputlog have made a lot of progress since last summer. Scriptlog has been fully reprogrammed and it will present the new program during the session. Inputlog will present an update. New features of Inputlog are the merging functionality and a fully rewritten revision analyses.

2. WritingPro
We would like to invite you to please register on the WritingPro website. After registration you can upload the details of your research project so that other researchers know what you are doing. In the future we would like to encourage you to share your data collection and analysis techniques on the website.

The site will be launched during the conference and it would be great if your project  details are already available on the website.

HandSpy: A new web tool to study writing in real-time

Rui A. Alves, Teresa Limpo, José Paulo Leal, Carlos Monteiro, Ilda de Jesus, and Marcos Dias
17h00, room 247

In the last three decades, the field of writing research has undergone an incredible development. This was partially due to a grown out interest on basic cognitive processes in writing, and to the increasingly sophistication and availability of real-time methods to study writing (Gregg & Steinberg, 1980; Olive & Levy, 2002). A very widespread method is the online recording of a writing assignment. Several logging tools allow the unobtrusive recording of writing whether it is done using a pen, a keyboard, a tablet, or a voice-recognition system. With high temporal accuracy, it is possible to study how writing processes evolve and interact over time, by gauging bursts and pauses. A particular constraint to the most of experimental logging tools is that they require individual data collection and considerable technological artifacts (e.g. computers, digitizing tablets, eye-trackers), which might threat the ecological validity of the writing assignment. These constraints can be lifted with a new tool that we are proposing and calling HandSpy. The HandSpy is a web-based software that allows the planning, implementation, and analysis of writing experiments. To collect writing data, the HandSpy uses apparently typical pen and dotted paper. However, an infrared camera at the pen’s nib, allied to thousands of microdots printed on the paper, enables the recording of spatial and temporal coordinates about the pen trace. This procedure allows the software to reconstruct the handwriting strokes, as well as to collect temporal handwriting data.

The proposed workshop will provide participants with hands-on practice to gain experience with the software. Six crucial phases when using the HandSpy will be addressed: software installation, microdot paper creation, data recording, data upload, validation procedures, and data analysis. Each phase will start with a brief theoretical introduction followed by guided practice. At the end of the workshop, participants will have the fundamental know-how to use the HandSpy software in their own experiments.



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