[Elsnet-list] SIRTEL07 deadline extended and David Wiley to deliver invited speech

Nikos Manouselis nikosm at ieee.org
Thu Jun 28 14:54:27 CEST 2007

+++ Apologies for cross-posting +++

                      FINAL CALL FOR PAPERS - SIRTEL07
Workshop on Social Information Retrieval in Technology-Enhanced Learning 
       2nd European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning (EC-TEL07)
                     Crete, Greece,September 17-20, 2007

*** Deadline Extension: New deadline for paper submissions: 
     July 1, 2007 ***

*** David Wiley will contribute as invited speaker at the workshop ***


Social information retrieval (SIR) refers to a family of techniques 
that assist users in obtaining information to meet their information 
needs by harnessing the knowledge or experience of other users. 
Examples of SIR techniques include sharing of queries, 
collaborative filtering, social network analysis, social bookmarking
and  the use of subjective relevance judgements such as tags, 
annotations, ratings and evaluations.

SIR methods, techniques and systems open an interesting new approach 
to facilitate and support learning and teaching. There are plenty 
a resource available on the Web, both in terms of digital learning 
content and people resources (e.g. other learners, experts, tutors) 
that can be used to facilitate teaching and learning tasks. 
The remaining challenge is to develop, deploy and evaluate systems
that provide learners and teachers with guidance to help identify 
suitable learning resources from a potentially overwhelming 
variety of choices.

Several questions are being researched around the application of 
SIR methods in Technology-Enhanced Learning (TEL) settings. 
The aim of the SIRTEL'07 Workshop is to bring together researchers 
and practitioners that are working on topics related to 
the application of SIR methods, techniques and systems in 
educational settings, as well as present the current status of 
research in this area to interested researchers and practitioners. 
It aims to serve as a discussion forum where researchers will present
the results of their work, also establishing liaisons between  
different groups that are exploring related subjects. In addition, 
it aims to outline the rich potential of modern SIR methods, 
techniques and systems in order to build TEL systems and services.

TOPICS OF INTEREST (include but are not limited to):

* Defining the scope, purpose and objects of social information 
  retrieval in TEL
* Recommender systems and collaborative filtering in educational 
* Novel ways of generating input information for recommenders in the 
  area of learning and teaching
* Ranking of search results to support individualised learning needs
* Integrating SIR services in existing learning management systems
* Folksonomies, tagging and other collaboration-based information 
  retrieval systems
* Social navigation processes and metaphors for searching information 
  related to teaching and learning
* Analysing social interactions in learning communities and social 
  networks on the Web to facilitate information sharing and retrieval
* Approaches to TEL metadata that reflect social ties and 
  collaborative experiences in the field of education
* Interoperability of SIR systems for TEL
* Visualisation techniques to support social navigation 
  in learning and teaching
* Semantic annotation and tagging for social information 
  retrieval purposes
* Evaluating the performance of SIR systems in educational 
* Measuring the effectiveness of SIR systems in supporting 
  learning and teaching
* Evaluation the user satisfaction with SIR systems in supporting 
  learning and teaching


The aim of the workshop is to chart out the current state-of-the-art  
of SIR in TEL and list the main enablers and challenges for the near 
future as well as in the long term. Each presenter of the workshop is 
asked to explicitly identify such enablers and challenges. 
The workshop will conclude with an open discussion listing and 
prioritising the main enablers and challenges for the short and the 
long term. One of the aims is to identify the need for
new research.

The workshop will be strongly discussion oriented. To that effect,
all accepted papers will be made available online before the workshop.
Presenters will be asked to focus more on comparison with related work
presented by others and demonstration of early prototypes,
so as to take maximum advantage of the added value of a face-to-face  


Authors are invited to submit original unpublished research as full  
papers (8 pages), work-in-progress as short papers (max. 4 pages) 
or position statements (max. 2 pages). All submitted papers will be 
peer-reviewed by at least three members of the program committee 
for originality, significance, clarity and quality.

Papers will be published online as EC-TEL workshop proceedings, as  
part of the CEUR Workshop proceedings series. CEUR-WS.org is a 
recognised ISSN publication series, with ISSN 1613-0073.

Authors of papers presented in the Workshop will also be invited to  
submit enhanced versions of their papers for potential publication 
in a planned special issue of a relevant journal.

Authors should use the Springer LNCS format 
(http://www.springer.com/lncs). For camera-ready format instructions, 
please see "For Authors" instructions at 

Submissions should be made through the online submission system  
especially set up for this purpose: 


   Paper Submission: July 1, 2007 *** NEW DEADLINE ***
   Results Notification: July 15, 2007
   Camera Ready Submission: August 15, 2007
   Workshop dates: September 17 or 18, 2007
   Main conference dates: September 19-20, 2007


    Paper Submission: July 1, 2007 *** NEW DEADLINE ***
    Results Notification: July 15, 2007
    Camera Ready Submission: August 15, 2007
    Workshop dates: September 17 or 18, 2007
    Main conference dates: September 19-20, 2007


* John Dron, University of Brighton, UK
* Hendrik Drachsler, Open University of the Netherlands, 
  The Netherlands
* Alexander Felfernig, University of Klagenfurt, Germany
* Mikko Laine, WSOY Educational, Finland
* Brian Lamb, University of British Columbia, Canada
* Francisco J. Martin, MyStrands, USA
* David Massart, European Schoolnet (EUN), Belgium
* Brandon Muramatsu, Utah State University, USA
* Amborn Naeve, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden
* Xavier Ochoa, Escuela Superior Politecnica del Litoral, Ecuador
* Demetrios Sampson, CERTH/ITI & University of Piraeus, Greece
* Miguel-Angel Sicilia, University of Alcala, Spain
* Barry Smyth, University College Dublin, Ireland
* Marc Spaniol, RWTH Aachen, Germany
* Gulden Uchyigit, Imperial College, UK
* David Wiley, Utah State University, USA
* Martin Wolpers, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KUL), Belgium


* Riina Vuorikari, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven & European  
Schoolnet, Belgium
* Nikos Manouselis, Informatics Laboratory, Agricultural University  
of Athens, Greece
* Erik Duval, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium & ARIADNE  


After the success of EC-TEL06, the Second European Conference on
Technology Enhanced Learning provides a unique forum for all research
related to TEL, including its interactions with knowledge management,
business processes and work environments. This is a competitive and  
broad forum for TEL research in Europe and world-wide through 
specialized workshops and the main conference. EC-TEL07 provides 
unique networking possibilities for participating researchers 
throughout the week and includes project meetings and discussions 
for ongoing and new research activities supported by the European
Commission. See http://www.ectel07.org/ for details.
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