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VinhTuan Thai <[log in to unmask]>
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1st International Workshop on Visual Interfaces to the Social and the 
Semantic Web (VISSW 2009)
In conjunction with IUI 2009
Sanibel Island, Florida
8th February 2009


The advent of the Social Web (Web 2.0) and the Semantic Web has resulted 
in even more data created, published and consumed by users. This vast 
amount of data is available in various formats (text, image, video, 
etc.), can be presented on different platforms, and most importantly, 
contains linkages between different entities on the Web. The ability to 
easily integrate vast amounts of data from across the Social and 
Semantic Web raises significant and exciting research challenges, not 
least of which how to provide effective access to and navigation across 
heterogeneous data sources. However, the need for intelligent and visual 
human interfaces to this evolving Web is not limited simply to the 
modalities of searching and browsing (important as these are). As the 
Web continues to evolve from a read-mainly to a read-write medium, and 
the level of social interaction supported on the Web increases, there is 
also a pressing need to support end-users who engage in a wide range of 
online tasks, such as publishing and sharing their own data on the Web.

This workshop aims to bring together researchers and practitioners from 
different fields, such as Human-Computer Interaction, Information 
Visualization, Semantic Web, and Personal Information Management, to 
discuss latest research results and challenges in designing, 
implementing, and evaluating intelligent interfaces supporting access, 
navigation and publishing of different types of contents on the Social 
and Semantic Web. In addition, the workshop also serves as an 
opportunity for researchers to gain feedback on their work as well as to 
identify potential collaborations with their peers.


Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

 * Visual interfaces supporting exploration and/or navigation of 
unstructured or structured data on the Web
 * Visualizing and interacting with semi-structured/linked data on the 
Semantic Web or the Social Semantic Desktop
 * Ontology-based visualization of & interaction with collections of data
 * Novel paradigms to interact with textual data, photos, music, videos 
on mobile devices
 * Lightweight components for casual users to publish/share their own 
contents on the Web
 * Real-world use cases
 * Lessons learned from intelligent interfaces built to interact with 
Web-based contents


We welcome three types of submissions:

 * Full papers which should be between 6 and 10 pages.
 * Short papers and position papers which should be up to 5 pages.
 * Demo papers - 2 page description with a screenshot of the working 
prototype or preferably a link to an online demo.

Submissions must be in PDF format and prepared according to the IUI 
format. Papers will be peer-reviewed by three independent reviewers. 
Papers can be submitted via the EasyChair system:


 * Paper submission deadline: 14th November, 2008
 * Notification of acceptance: 7th December, 2008
 * Camera-ready paper submission deadline: 14th December, 2008


David Huynh from Metaweb Technologies has agreed to give an invited talk 
at the workshop.


 * Siegfried Handschuh, DERI Galway, Ireland
 * Tom Heath, Talis Information Ltd, UK
 * VinhTuan Thai, DERI Galway, Ireland


 * Anupriya Ankolekar, HP Lab, US
 * Lora Aroyo, VU Amsterdam, NL
 * Chris Bizer, FU Berlin, DE
 * Duane Degler, Design for Context, US
 * Alan Dix, University of Lancaster, UK
 * Martin Dzbor, The Open University, UK
 * Alain Giboin, INRIA, FR
 * Gus Gollings, RMIT, AU
 * Michael Hausenblas, Joanneum Research, AT
 * David Huynh, Metaweb, US
 * Anthony Jameson, FBK, IT
 * David Karger, MIT, US
 * Georgi Kobilarov, FU Berlin, DE
 * Nicholas J. Kings, BT, UK
 * Knud Möller, DERI Galway, IE
 * Enrico Motta, The Open University, UK
 * Eyal Oren, VU Amsterdam, NL
 * Jacco van Ossenbruggen, CWI, NL
 * Alexandre Passant, DERI Galway, IE
 * Lloyd Rutledge, Open Universiteit, NL
 * Sebastian Schaffert, Salzburg Research, AT
 * Daniel Schwabe, PUC-Rio, BR
 * Nadeem Shabir, Talis, UK
 * Carlo Torniai, Simon Fraser University, CA
 * Jun Zhao, Oxford University, UK


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the workshop 
organizers at: vissw2009 at easychair dot org

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