[Elsnet-list] Call for Papers, WGII, Toulouse April 6, 2009

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Call for Papers
ECIR 2009, Workshop on Geographic Information on the Internet  (WGII)
Toulouse, France, April 6, 2009

Context & Topics of Interest

Finding geographically-based information constitutes a common use of Web
search engines, for a variety of user needs. With the rapid growth of the
volume of geographically-related information on the Web, efficient and
adaptable ways of tagging, browsing and accessing relevant documents still
needs to be found. Structuring and mashing-up geographic information from
different Web data sources is one appealing alternative to long term efforts
of manually creating large scale geographic resources such as The Alexandria
Digital Library  or Geonames , whose constructions are costly and not
necessarily adapted to specific applications.
Efficient automatic geographical information structuring methods involve
coping with a wide diversity and huge volumes of geographically relevant
documents. Consider Wikipedia (over 200,000 geo-referenced articles for the
English version), or Flickr (over 50 million geo-referenced pictures) or
Yahoo! Trip Planner (over 159,000 publicly available trip descriptions).
These sites include disparate text, images and geo-localisation information.
Exploiting this information requires mixing different competences:
information retrieval and ranking, natural language processing, image
processing, geographic information extraction

Past events, such as the GIR workshops or the LocWeb workshops series,
focused on geographic information retrieval (GIR), but many hard research
questions related to GIR remain unsolved. We will address the following in
this workshop:
•	How to move from raw data to structured knowledge? How can we
identify, disambiguate, localize, categorize and rank geographic names?
•	What are the best ways to process geographically relevant multimedia
documents? How to combine text, image and/or video analysis in coherent
•	How to exploit user contributed information? How to filter out noise
introduce and how to leverage information at a community level?
•	How to adapt and/or personalize the presentation of results?
This workshop brings elements of answers to these research questions and is
a meeting point for different disciplines interested in geographic
information. It focuses on combining analysis skills to improve geographic
information processing. We welcome researchers from communities as diverse
as geographic information extraction and retrieval, context aware devices,
geographic information systems or image processing to discuss their ideas in
a challenging and interactive forum.  
We solicit submissions addressing the following topics: 
•	Web-scale geographic information retrieval frameworks
•	Geo-referenced image and video annotation and retrieval
•	Ranking for geographical search
•	Semi-automatic or automatic structuring of geographic information
•	Location based services
•	Indexing of geographically relevant multimedia documents
•	Visualization of geographic information
•	User studies in geographic information search
•	Domain specific applications 
We target the edition of a journal Special Issue or of a book as a result of
the workshop.

Submission Instructions 
Submissions must be written in English following the LNCS guidelines and
must not exceed 12 pages (for long papers) and 6 pages (for short papers)
including references and figures. All papers and posters will be refereed by
at least two reviewers.
LNCS guidelines: http://www.springer.com/computer/lncs?SGWID=0-164-2-72376-0
Submission by email: 
•	Florence Sedes: sedes at irit.fr 
•	Adrian Popescu: adrian.popescu at telecom-bretagne.eu 
•	Gregory Grefenstette: ggrefens at exalead.com 
•	Pierre-Alain Moëllic: pierre-alain.moellic at cea.fr 

Important Dates
•	Paper submission deadline: February 1, 2009
•	Notification to authors: February 22, 2009
•	Final versions of the papers: March 1, 2009
•	Workshop date:  April 6, 2009

•	Florence Sedes (IRIT: www.irit.fr) 
•	Adrian Popescu (Telecom Bretagne: www.enst-bretagne.fr) 
•	Gregory Grefenstette (Exalead: www.exalead.fr)
•	Pierre-Alain Moëllic (CEA List: http://www-list.cea.fr )
•	Romaric Besançon: (CEA List: http://www-list.cea.fr )



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