[Elsnet-list] Call for papers: End User Semantic Web Interaction

Ion Androutsopoulos ion at aueb.gr
Wed May 18 17:09:48 CEST 2005

[Apologies for cross-posting]


  E N D   U S E R   S E M A N T I C   W E B   I N T E R A C T I O N

   (a.k.a. Second International Workshop on Interaction Design 
           and the Semantic Web)
   held in conjunction with the 4th International Semantic Web
   Galway, Ireland. 
   Workshop Date: November 7, 2005. 

This announcement includes:
 * Workshop goals, content, and format
 * Paper submission instructions and key dates
 * Organizers and program review committee
 * Information on the first international workshop

Workshop Goals

How do we bring the power of the semantic web to end-users? If exploited
effectively, the rich markup and processing of information promised by
the semantic web can provide much more power available to meet user
needs. However, if the semantic web is to be valuable to users (rather
than being confined to computer-to-computer interaction) its benefits
have to be made tangible through the quality of the interaction.

The semantic web is proving to be an integration point for many
different disciplines. This workshop will bring together experts -- both
practitioners and researchers -- from the semantic web, human-computer
interaction, human language technologies, information visualization,
information retrieval, and knowledge-based systems communities. We will
share research and insights, and explore future potential.

Workshop Technical Content

Contributions will present state-of-the-art end user interaction
techniques and make concrete suggestions on how such techniques could be
used or modified to suit the semantic web. Specifically, through
presented papers and lively discussion, the workshop hopes to address:

 The state of the art of end user interaction with the semantic web
    * What effective or novel interaction methods are beginning to
    * What (if at all) is the difference between other areas of 
      user-interaction with knowledge intensive sources and the semantic
    * What other areas of research can inform semantic web user
      This question is particularly important as there is a long
      of designing user interfaces that interact with large
      bases or document collections in many research areas (e.g., 
      information retrieval, information visualization, natural 
      language processing, user modeling, multimodal interfaces, 
      to name just a few).

 How a semantically-enabled site/application should behave
   * How to expose assumptions, meanings and relationships in a 
     non-cluttering way?
   * How to reduce noise while improving user preference-setting and 
   * What does giving "trust" mean for users when enabling
   * How can we provide a smooth transition from traditional to
     enabled sites/applications?

 The major challenges to the introduction of tools for the semantic web
   * How can we enable and encourage authors and end-users to mark up
     (The markup prisoners dilemma -- if the people who do the markup
are not 
     going to benefit from it they are unlikely to do it -- is a
     heavily researched in CSCW.)
   * Is it possible to hide semantically-rich markup "under the covers"
     has been happening increasingly with traditional web tools) and
     retain integrity in meanings, relationships and rules? 
   * How can semantic data be maintained so inference logic and meaning
     remain relevant to people who rely on it? 
     What tools are needed to effectively support development of complex

     ontologies and rules?

These questions are particularly pressing as the growing number of
semantic web applications is revealing new challenges for user
interaction design. These challenges include designing effective ways of
presenting the new kinds of results that semantic web applications are
capable of generating and new ways of representing user interaction
options that do not overwhelm users with the complexity found in the
underlying logic-based implementations. Users have traditionally been
quick to reject applications that are burdensome, confusing, or cause a
lack of confidence in their behavior.

The rise in popularity and active use of the web has clearly shown the
importance of good, usable interfaces. Consequently, it should be a
central goal of the semantic web community to increase the user base
(and thus the semantic connections/richness available), and this calls
for methods to present the logical content, inferences, and increased
functionality of the semantic web in ways that provide value and a
positive experience for end-users.

Workshop Format
The workshop will feature both interactive discussion and presentations.
To that end, we solicit both research and position papers. All papers
will be peer-reviewed.

Paper Presentations
Accepted papers will be presented during the first part of the workshop.
To increase the interactivity of this presentational part, there will be
a discussant from among the participants and/or organizing committee,
who will raise central questions for discussion. Furthermore, papers
will be grouped into common subject areas/themes, and time will be
allocated to discuss common issues cutting across the similarly themed

Facilitated Discussion/Exploration
The papers and resulting conversations will set the stage for the second
part of the day, where there will be a facilitated discussion on
selected subjects, solicited from the participants both prior to arrival
and during the workshop.

Published Proceedings and Workshop Summary
All the accepted papers (including position papers, should the authors
wish to publish them) will be included in the workshop's on-line
proceedings or in a printed published format (should we reach an
agreement with publisher). Along with this will be a report containing
the most important issues and viewpoints raised, as well as any
resolutions reached in the discussions. 

Submission Instructions

The language of the workshop is English. Papers should be in PDF format
(and in exceptional circumstances in postscript); papers will not be
accepted in any other format (information of how to generate postscript
with freeware/open source tools is available in the resources section
later in this document). Research papers should be at most 8 pages long,
while position papers should be at most 2 pages long. 
All papers should be formatted in the style of the Springer Publications
format for Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS). 

All papers should include the names of the authors, their affiliations,
their e-mail addresses, and an abstract on their first page. 
Please submit the paper by email to: 
enduser_ws05 (at) ifi (dot) unizh (dot) ch

More information regarding the format and on how to create PDF files can
found at: heck http://www.ifi.unizh.ch/ddis/iswc2005ws.html

Workshop Dates, Location, and other Logistics

 Important Dates (tentative) 
  * Paper submission deadline: July 30, 2005 
  * Notification of acceptance: September 15, 2005 
  * Submission of camera-ready copy: September 30, 2005 
  * Workshop: November 7, 2005 
  * Conference dates: November 6-10, 2005

 Workshop location 
  * The workshop is help in conjunction with ISWC 2005.
  * The precise location will be announced in due course.

  * All Participants will have to register at the conference through the

    main conference web-site.

Organizing Committee

* Ion Androutsopoulos, Athens University of Economics and Business, GR 
* Abraham Bernstein, University of Zurich, CH (chair)
* Duane Degler, IPGems, US (co-chair)
* Brian McBride, HP Laboratories, UK (co-chair)

Program Committee (in formation) 
* Mark Ackerman (University of Michigan, USA)
* Nikos Avouris (University of Patras, GR)
* Hamish Cunningham (University of Sheffield, UK) 
* Lynda Hardman (CWI, NL)
* David R. Karger (MIT - CSAIL, USA)
* Dave Robertson (University of Edinburgh, UK)
* Robert St. Amant (NC State University and ISI, USA)
* Vasilis Vassalos (Athens University of Economics and Business, GR)
* more will be announced

Information about the First International IDSW Workshop
The First International Workshop on Interaction Design and the Semantic
Web was held in May 2004, in conjunction with the World Wide Web
Conference (New York, NY). Information from that workshop can be found
at: http://interaction.ecs.soton.ac.uk/idsw04/ 

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