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ACM SIGGRAPH: The Transition from SIS to Linklings

24 Oct 2017

Transition to Linklings, LLC

SIGGRAPH 2018 and SIGGRAPH Asia 2018 are transitioning from the SIGGRAPH Information System (SIS) to a submission and review system provided by Linklings, LLC. If you are interested in submitting content for either conference, we would like to offer the opportunity for you to create and set up your Linklings user account in advance of the program submission date.

To set up your account, please visit Linklings and select the “create an account” link.

FAQ: The Transition from SIS to Linklings 

What​ ​is​ ​SIS? 

SIS is the SIGGRAPH Information System, which has been used for submission and review of all materials for the SIGGRAPH and SIGGRAPH Asia conferences for many years. It was custom-built for SIGGRAPH by the Opal Group over a period of years. 

What​ ​is​ ​Linklings? 

Linklings is a company that provides conference management tools, including a comprehensive submission/review system. Their system is well-suited for technical conferences; for example, Supercomputing has used it for many years. 

Why​ ​the​ ​change? 

The contract between ACM SIGGRAPH and the Opal Group ends after the 2017 conferences. A new RFP (request for proposals) was issued in 2016, resulting in the selection of Linklings as the new contractor. 

Why​ ​do​ ​I​ ​have​ ​to​ ​sign​ ​up​ ​with​ ​Linklings?​ ​Why​ ​not​ ​just​ ​transfer​ ​me from​ ​SIS? 

Over the years, SIS had accumulated information for thousands of users. Much of this information was no longer valid, and the transition to a new system provided an opportunity to clean things up. An email message was sent to recent users of SIS to inform them of the transition and to encourage them to register early with Linklings. 

Does​ ​Linklings​ ​do​ ​everything​ ​that​ ​SIS​ ​did? 

The RFP committee has worked with Linklings to make sure that their system provides everything that the SIGGRAPH community needs regarding submission and review. The Linklings team has agreed to augment their system with some new features that will make the transition much easier. However, due to time and financial constraints, some of these new features may need to be phased in over the course of the contract. The committee has prioritized the work to ensure that the first conference to use the new system will have the tools that it needs to run a successful submission and review process. 

I​ ​have​ ​a​ ​question​ ​regarding​ ​the​ ​Linklings​ ​software.​ ​What​ ​do​ ​I​ ​do? 

If you have already signed up, there is a “Contact Support” link at the bottom of every page on the Linklings site. If you are having difficulties prior to signing up, there is a “Contact Us” link at the top of the Linklings home page.