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  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 Conference,
   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 appear?
    * 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 interface
      This question is particularly important as there is a long tradition
      of designing user interfaces that interact with large data/knowledge
      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 semi-autonomous
   * 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 their
     (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 phenomenon
     heavily researched in CSCW.)
   * Is it possible to hide semantically-rich markup "under the covers" (as
     has been happening increasingly with traditional web tools) and still
     retain integrity in meanings, relationships and rules?
   * How can semantic data be maintained so inference logic and meaning can
     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 be
found at: heck

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 

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