[Elsnet-list] CFP: Collaborative Web Tagging Workshop (WWW 2006)

Evgeniy Gabrilovich gabr at cs.technion.ac.il
Tue Nov 29 18:12:46 CET 2005

WWW 2006, Edinburgh
Collaborative Web Tagging Workshop
Call for Papers and Participation
May 2006

Contact: [frank AT rawsugar DOT com]


There has recently there been a great surge of interest in collaborative 
tagging as a means of facilitating knowledge sharing in social computing. 
Collaborative tagging refers to the process in which a community of users 
adds meta-information in the form of keywords or tags to Web content such 
as web pages, links, photographs and audio files on a centralized web server.

While collaborative tagging is only starting to be researched in the research 
community, it seems to address a real need on the Web as demonstrated by 
the growing popularity of tagging and annotation sites (see del.icio.us, flickr,

technorati, RawSugar, Shadows, etc.); the most popular sites already have a
user base of several millions. The philosophy of what is called Web 2.0, the
Web or also the two-way Web is that users can and should be content creators as
as consumers and it suggests that there is a great deal of untapped potential
tagging to improve how web content is organized, navigated and experienced. 
Yet it is not yet clear how it will evolve and how it will scale, when, if at
its usage base will go beyond early adopters. There are many open questions
what tagging can and cannot do, especially for a larger, mainstream web
and we would like to explore that in our workshop.

Goal and Topics of Interests 

The goal of this workshop is to bring researchers and practitioners together in
to explore both the social and technical issues and challenges involved in Web
We plan to address not only the current state of collaborative tagging, and
its attractiveness to early adopters but also discuss its future. 

Topics of interest for the workshop

Semantics and Vocabulary: 
  * How can collaborative tagging be used in the creation of ontologies and 
    the semantic web? 
  * What are tagging benefits and limitations in this domain? 
  * How can meaning be faithfully preserved when disparate tag sets are
  * Is there a place in tagging for controlled vocabulary?  
  * Is it necessary to match synonymous tags, and if so, how can this be
  * Are there other mechanisms that can extend tagging to provide some of the
    of hierarchies without the drawbacks? 

  * What is the structure of tagspace?  
  * What behavioral patterns do users display when tagging, and how can the
entire space 
     of objects and tags be understood and visualized? 

Standardization efforts: 
  * Although very little of this has been done currently, current services are
    interoperable through the use of RSS or Atom feeds. 
  * What could be the benefits of tagging standards and what would they be? 

Scalable architecture for tagging: 
  * What will happen when millions of users will tag, how about hundreds of
  * What kind of architecture can deal with billions of objects? 
  * Can current tagging concepts be applied to such scales? 

  * Are there special considerations for tagging multimedia such as photos,
videos and audio? 
    Yahoo photos now already has over two billion photographs. 

Search and Navigation: 
  * How can tagging improve internet search? 
  * How are tags used as a mechanism for navigation and discovery of content? 

Discovery paradigms: 
  * How to search, browse a tagged universe? 
  * What is the use of faceted search, people search, etc.? 

  * What is the relationship between tagging and blogging? 
  * How do these two methods of adding personalized organization to web content
    how that content is found, navigated, used and interpreted by others? 

  * Using boolean operators like AND, OR and NOT on sets of tags rapidly grows
    and confusing, especially for nontechnical users. How can good interface
design simplify 
    and clarify these complex operations? 
Workshop Presenter Selection Process

We will solicit submissions to present work to the workshop, and submissions
will be evaluated 
by the organizing committee. 

Because collaborative tagging on the web is relatively young and has received
relatively little 
scholarly attention, we encourage contributions from a diversity of disciplinary
including computer science and engineering, sociology, anthropology and
linguistics, and 
communications and library science.

Despite the novelty of collaborative tagging, we seek contributions with
demonstrable results, 
as well as purely theoretical pieces. These results may consist of designs and
prototypes for 
future tagging systems, quantitative or qualitative analyses of existing
systems, or solutions 
for technical challenges facing tagging. Though speculative or theoretical
will be considered, we will require that they be well-grounded in previous
research or practice.

How to submit a paper/proposal for the workshop

* For research in progress work, each candidate will email to 
  [frank AT rawsugar DOT com] in PDF format: 
  - A short bio (less than one half page) 
  - A position paper or extended abstract (less than 5 pages) including
references and figures. 

* For system presentations/demos, each candidate will email to 
  [frank AT rawsugar DOT com] in PDF format:
  - A short bio (less than one half page) 
  - A description of the system to be demoed (less than 3 pages) 
  - If available, a demo of the system in some format. 

Submissions will be reviewed by the organizing committee and invitations to
will be sent accordingly. Authors of accepted submissions will be requested to
a longer version for inclusion in the Working Notes to be distributed during the


Papers should be emailed to [frank AT rawsugar DOT com] preferably in PDF format
alternatively in HTML or MS Word.

Papers should be formatted according to the standard ACM templates available 
at http://www2006.org/cfp/submissions.php, for example the MS Word template is
http://www2006.org/cfp/www2006-submission.doc; and then converted to pdf. 
Open Office (http://www.openoffice.org/) can be used to export standard formats
to PDF. 

Important Dates

Individual workshop submissions deadline: 10 January 2006 
Acceptance notifications to authors of workshop papers: 1 February 2006 
Final workshop program available: 15 February 2006 
Workshop date: May 22 (Mon) or May 23 (Tue), 2006


Frank Smadja, RawSugar
Andrew Tomkins, Yahoo Research
Scott Golder, HP Labs

Program Committee

Eytan Adar, University of Washington
Michael Cafarella, University of Washington
Ed Cutrell, Microsoft Research
Susan Dumais, Microsoft Research
Jonathan Feinberg, IBM Research, Cambridge
Evgeniy Gabrilovich, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology
R. Guha, Google
Yoelle Maarek, IBM Research, Haifa, Israel
Vova Soroka, IBM Research, Haifa, Israel

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