As one transitions later in the world of academia from naive, newly minted junior professor to slightly older but still naive junior professor, the opportunities for service become quite numerous. Recently, I have served / am serving as the track chair or publicity chair for several conferences. After having surveyed the landscape for various lists, I have several definite preferences. Keep in mind that this is network-centric and individual experiences may vary.
- The DB World and ACM SIGOPS method are very, very cool. Plug in conference info into a web form and voila, instant posting at an easy to recall location.
- The WTC form is not a bad outlet with the web output being checked before being sent out. This is nice but the form needs a bit of work as it could very easily send out multiple copies.
- The good old standby of tccc is slowly getting over run with everyone and their brother advertising Calls for Papers. Being a member of the list and being in the position of track chair and publicity chair, I have seen things from every angle. Not getting enough papers or getting nervous, one more CFP into the void. *sigh* yet another CFP from that same conference, yeesh.
There is a fairly cool effort that my recent spamming on lists as publicity chair for a conference must solicited an e-mail, WikiCFP. Looks cool and yes, we will be posting our conference there too.
PS For any publicity chairs in the networking area, send me a note and I can give you a definite run-down of pretty much all of the major mailing lists :)