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            Call for Papers - WWW2007 Workshop

     Query Log Analysis: Social and Technological Challenges

            May 8, 2007, Banff, Alberta, Canada


The past few years have seen a surge in research that uses personal search

histories and search systems' query logs. Such research is enabling users

to find more of what they are looking for, quickly and easily. However, it

comes at a social cost. Query logs capture explicit descriptions of users’

information needs. Logs of interactions that follow a user’s query (e.g.,

click-though and navigation patterns) capture derivative traces that

further characterize the user and their interests. The data is rich with

personal detail, creating opportunities and risk. The social and

technological challenges of working with such data have important

implications for query log analysis research.

This workshop will provide an interdisciplinary venue for collective

thinking about query log analysis from all its angles. By bringing together

stakeholders from various disciplines we hope to expand the understanding

of the problems and concerns raised by all parties. This workshop will open

a dialogue within the research community on collecting query log data,

sharing information without compromising user privacy, and tapping into the

collaborative knowledge that can be found in query logs.

Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):


      Ranking with query logs (QLs)

      Query refinement using QLs

      Collaborative filtering based on QLs

      Targeted advertising using QLs

      Use of sessions and cookies in QLs


      Ethics of QL collection and use

      Legal issues in QL collection and use

      Policies and practices of query logging

      Implications of QL data

      Raising public awareness about query logs


      Anonymization of QL data

      User-driven masking of QL recording

      Blocking QL recording


      Developing standards for producing and sharing logs

      Producing QL practices similar to the Robots Exclusion Standard

We invite submissions of papers describing original work in these areas or

in related areas. Papers may describe empirical research, work in progress,

or theoretical explorations.

Important dates:

Paper Submission - 12 February, 2007

Acceptance Notification - 21 March, 2007

Revisions due - 30 March, 2007

Registration is limited. Interested participants are asked to submit a

statement of interest describing their research or area of expertise and

their reason for wanting to participate.

How to submit papers/position papers/attendance requests:

Regular papers (up to 8 pages long) and position papers (up to 4 pages)

should be submitted in PDF format to:

Authors should follow the guidelines for conference submissions found at Please indicate if the work

described is also published elsewhere.

Attendance requests – please email a short bio and a short position

statement to [log in to unmask] or to any of the other organizers (up to 500

words, PDF preferred).

Papers accepted to the workshop will be included in the WWW2007 Workshop

proceedings and distributed to participants on a CD-ROM. Attendees are

invited to submit a full paper to a special issue of the ACM Transactions

on the Web with an expected publication date is early 2008.



Einat Amitay, IBM Research, Haifa Lab

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G. Craig Murray, University of Maryland

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Jaime Teevan, Microsoft Research

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Program Committee:


Eytan Adar, U of Washington

Eugene Agichtein, Emory University

Steve Beitzel, Telcordia Technologies

Mark J Boyd, eBay

Susan Dumais, Microsoft Research

Jim Jansen, Penn State

Thorsten Joachims, Cornell

Diane Kelly, UNC

Tie-Yan Liu, Microsoft Research Asia

Llew Mason,

Jian-Yun Nie, U of Montreal, Canada

Filip Radlinski, Cornell

Daniel Russell, Google

Amanda Spink, Queensland University of Technology

Falk Scholer, RMIT, Australia

Ramakrishnan Srikant, Google

Tao Yang,

For additional details and a list of confirmed speakers and panelists

please visit the workshop website at