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BooksOnline'12 Workshop:
Online Books, Complementary Social Media and their Impact

CIKM 2012, October 29, 2012, MAUI, USA

Call for Papers


The BooksOnline workshops aim to foster research initiatives that are 
focused on innovation opportunities and challenges created by large 
collections of digital books. This year, BooksOnline'12 aims to offer 
a forum for bringing together expertise from academia, industry, 
libraries and archives to facilitate the exchange of research and 
application of social media and collaboratively shared content in the 
field of digital libraries with specific focus on online books. This 
requires solving a range of KM, IR, DB, DL and HCI challenges applied 
to large collections of online books and related social media. These 
include mechanisms for fast access to semi-structured data, methods 
to mine and enrich content and analyze usage data, algorithms, user 
interfaces and interaction models for searching and recommendation in 
rich social contexts, and designs for engaging reading experiences 
that readers would want to share. One of the main themes for this 
year is the impact of this technology on young users, the so called 
Native Digital, and on their social engagements. BooksOnline'12 will 
encourage strong exploitation of the incentives and benefits of such 
major forms of massive on-line collaborations for digital libraries.

Keynote Speakers tbc

Similarly to previous years, we plan to host keynote speakers, who 
are prominent in the area. Previous keynote speakers included Adam 
Farquhar (The British Library), Ville Miettinnen (Microtask), James 
Crawford (Google Books), John Ockerbloom (University of 
Pennsylvania), and Brewster Kahle (Internet Archive).

Workshop format

The one day workshop will include selected oral and poster sessions 
to present and discuss ongoing research efforts, and a break-out 
session to brainstorm around new ideas, research directions, 
proposals and implementation strategies, finishing with presentations 
to summarize the results of the break-out sessions.

We solicit:

     * Position papers and posters (1-2 pages) discussing ongoing 
projects and planned initiatives or proposals for future research 
     * Research papers (4-6 pages).

We encourage research contributions of innovative and creative novel 
ideas, theories, methods, solutions as well as posters and position 
papers describing existing or planned systems or discussing specific 
problems and challenges, controversial discussions of research 
directions that are likely to generate discussion at the workshop, 
and papers recommending specific research directions to take based on 
learnt lessons.

For research papers, selection criteria will include the merit of the 
technical contributions, presentation, novelty and significance, 
emphasizing new ideas and research directions for online books.

Topics of interest

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

    *  Basic principles: Paradigms/affordances of digital/digitized 
books vs. paper
    * Readers: Differences among readers with a special focus on younger readers
    * Design: Novel approaches to design involving readers, specially 
innovative methodologies of co-design with emphasis on specific 
reader communities
     * Social: Social aspects of on-line books and library services; 
social navigation and annotations; social search, sharing and 
collaboration and co-authoring; social reading experiences, community 
building through shared content and annotation;
     * Crowdsourcing: Crowdsourcing and social engagement for 
personalization, book recommendations; social games around reading 
lists or digital book content; hybrid computer-human systems for 
digital libraries;
     * Education: Virtual learning environments and eBooks; eBooks in 
teaching; eBooks as integrated content, data, and media; ubiquitous 
     * Knowledge: Extracting semantics and knowledge from books; 
linking and sense making; from books to discovery of knowledge; 
cross-referencing, and knowledge sharing; community interests and 
social context;
     * Evaluation: Evaluating eBooks, interface and interaction 
designs for active reading, features for collection browsing, mining 
social media reviews on usability issues; using crowdsourcing for 
large-scale evaluation;
     * Infrastructure: Building access infrastructures; indexing and 
content representation; scalability and interoperability; 
technologies for search, browsing, filtering, and information 
extraction; integration of complementary content and services; 
supporting rich media experiences for online books; integrating 
social platforms; tagging, reviewing, recommendations;
     * Culture: Universal access to online books across nations and 
cultures; translation of content and metadata; genre dependent book 
recommendation and search services for different demographic target 

Important dates

Paper submission deadline: July 20, 2012
Notification of acceptance: August 6, 2012
Camera-ready deadline: August 20, 2012
Workshop: October 29, 2012

Paper submission and participation
Submissions must be written in English, formatted using the 
using the "Option 2" style. This is also the style that will be 
required for final papers. Papers must be submitted as pdf files.

Accepted papers will be published in the CIKM workshop proceedings, 
which will be printed on CD and indexed in the ACM digital library, 
together with the main CIKM 2011 proceedings. One author per accepted 
paper is required to register and attend the workshop.

To submit a paper, please go to the BooksOnline'12 Easychair 
submission site: 


Gabriella Kazai, Microsoft Research, UK
Monica Landoni, University of Lugano, CH
Peter Brusilovsky, University of Pittsburgh, USA
Carsten Eickhoff, Delft University of Technology, NL

Further information

Please visit:


Peter Brusilovsky, Professor
School of Information Sciences and
Intelligent Systems Program
University of Pittsburgh

Associate Editor-in-Chief
IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies

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