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Tue, 28 Feb 2006 11:10:49 -0500
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Workshop on Social Navigation and Community-Based Adaptation Technologies

in conjunction with Adaptive Hypermedia and Adaptive Web-Based Systems (AH'06)

June 20, 2006, Dublin, Ireland

Social Navigation systems have demonstrated that the collective 
wisdom of a community of users can be distilled to produce adaptive 
behavior. Social navigation systems mainly use visual changes to the 
environment to shift emphases and organisation of navigational cues, 
or add navigation cues to help users locate information. Between 1994 
and 2000 pioneer research on Social Navigation and other 
community-based systems such as collaborative filtering systems 
brought a range of interesting results. Over the last three years 
socially-based systems has grown from a small research area into a 
large movement sometimes nicknamed Web 2.0.

The mushrooming growth of social software (including "folksonomy" 
systems employing social tagging) has brought social navigation 
techniques out of the backwaters of research environments and created 
a lot of interest in community-based technologies. The abundance of a 
wide assortment of social software, including annotation systems, 
wikis, clusters of blogs, social network visualisations, social 
recommender systems, and new ways of visualising conversations, 
creates a unique opportunity to broaden research on community-based 
adaptation and brings its results into practice. The underlying 
principle that binds these systems together is that they both affect 
and are affected by aspects of collective group behaviour. While most 
modern community-based systems are not adaptive, a range of old and 
new community-based adaptation techniques could be applied in the new 
context and deliver interesting results.

Goals and format:
The workshop brings together researchers and developers from a range of
disciplines and approaches to share knowledge and seek synergies and 
syntheses that will move the field forward. The focus is on exploring 
the potential for interoperability techniques and standards, allowing 
richer blends and mashups of sociable media, social software and 
systems using social navigation. The workshop also strongly welcomes
papers with empirical studies of actual systems and community-based 
adaptation techniques.

The format of the workshop will be:

- Technical paper presentations: Full and short papers
- Software demonstrations and posters
- Breakout groups for discussion on emerging issues
- Panel for joint discussion

Topics of interest:
The workshop explores social navigation and community-based adaptation
techniques, including, but by no means limited to:

* social navigation processes and metaphors
* history-rich systems/wear-ware
* economy of community-based systems: encouraging users to contribute
* annotation mechanisms and their use for navigation support
* interoperability between social navigation environments (persistent
identities, RSS, mashups, authorisation, authentication etc)
* educational uses and affordances of social navigation
* theoretical underpinnings of community - based systems: stigmergy,
ant-trail algorithms, signalling theory, self-organisation, emergence etc
* community-based adaptation in information retrieval
* capturing and processing implicit and explicit feedback
* group adaptation algorithms
* group-oriented collaborative recommendation technologies
* combinatorial approaches
* visualising small-world/scale-free networks
* evaluation of community-based adaptation techniques

Full papers with up to 8 pages and short papers with up to 4 pages are
accepted for the workshop. Demonstrations and posters (2 pages)
are primarily reserved for showcasing software. The papers have to be 
prepared as PDF files using AH'2006 proceedings format (see and submitted to the organizers by e-mail.

All papers undergo a peer review process. All the accepted workshop 
papers will be published in workshop proceedings edited by the 
workshop chairs. The proceedings will be available online and also in 
the printed form.

Important Dates:
* Paper submission deadline: March 31, 2006
* Notification of acceptance: Before Early Bird registration deadline
* Final papers due: May 20, 2006
* SNC-BAT 2006 workshop: June 20, 2006
* AH 2006 main conference: June 21-23, 2006

Workshop organizers:
Peter Brusilovsky, University of Pittsburgh, USA
Jon Dron, University of Brighton, UK
Jaakko Kurhila, University of Helsinki, Finland

Program committee:
Johan Bollen, Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA
Joseph Konstan, University of Minnesota, USA
Rosta Farzan, University of Pittsburgh, USA
Jill Freyne, University College Dublin, Ireland
Max Harper, University of Minnesota, USA
Åsa Rudström, SICS, Sweden
Barry Smyth, University College Dublin, Ireland
Colin Tattersall, Open University, the Netherlands
Julita Vassileva, University of Saskatchewan, Canada
Alan Wexelblat, HOVIR, USA

Further Information:
* Webpage:
* Contact:
* AH2006:

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