What is SPMS?

SPMS Architecture

The Scientific Programme Management System (SPMS) is a tool for proceedings production and event management developed by the JACoW Collaboration. It is available for download under a General Public License (GPL).

JACoW Collaboration 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. All JACoW Collaboration conferences are centrally managed by region. 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.

The SPMS covers the functionality of:

  • Scientific Programme Administration
    • All activities relating to the organization of the scientific program by the Scientific Program Committee
    • All activities from abstract submission through to the conference and upload of contributions to the proceedings
    • Reports and tracking
    • Email utilities
    • Refereeing
  • Editor/Proceedings Administration
    • All activities relating to editing of contributions to the proceedings and production of meta data for final proceedings production
  • Event Management Modules
    • Delegate, Industrial Exhibition, Students, etc., Registration
    • Management of payments of fees and social program
  • Automated post-conference proceedings production

The 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 Programme Module. The event management modules are now being developed and maintained by Ivan Andrian of Sincrotrone Trieste*, and the automated post-conference proceedings production scripts by Volker Schaa of GSI.

*Support 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").