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The WSCD 2013 chairs invite you to submit articles to the Third
Workshop on Web Search Click Data. This workshop will be held in
conjunction with WSDM 2013 on February 4, 2013, Rome, Italy.

http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/um/people/nickcr/wscd2013

Web search click data has caught the interest of a growing community
of professional during the last five years. It provides a snapshot of
the typical information access patterns of the user population, unlike
a group of relevance judges or the tags provided on collaborative
sites. Issued queries and clicked document records have the potential
to give an accurate view of millions of people's daily interests, how
these interests evolve, how they are related, etc.

Of particular interest is the relation between log data and the user
decision process that generated it. A user interacting with a search
engine might at any point decide to click on a new link, request a new
page of results, reformulate his query, switch search engine or end
the session. Understanding how a sequence of actions relates to the
user satisfaction is key to improve the experience and the popularity
of the search engine.  This applies to web search in general but also
to most verticals like "local search" and to newer research areas like
"diversity" where the question is how to introduce diversity in
document ranking or "personalization" where the goal is to adapt the
search results to take into account what is known from the user who
issued the query.

In this workshop, we will attempt to address these issues but we will
also explore novel applications of click data and use of these data for
enhancing the user search experience.

Paper Format
------------

Submissions should present original results and new ideas. They must
report original research not accepted or under submission to any
journal or conference with public proceedings (previous submissions in
informal workshops or as posters are allowed, but must be indicated).
Submissions must be formatted according to ACM guidelines and style
files http://www.acm.org/sigs/publications/proceedings-templates and
can be up to 8 pages in length, including diagrams, references and
appendices if any.  A submitted paper must be self-contained.

Submissions shorter than 8 pages, for example, position/short papers of
2-4 pages, are also encouraged!

All papers will be peer-reviewed by at least three reviewers from an
International Program Committee; promising papers will then be
discussed in a meeting of organizers, where the final selections will
be made. Accepted papers will appear online on the workshop website and
a jointly authored report will be submitted to SIGIR Forum.

Paper Submissions
-----------------

Papers must be submitted in PDF format to the paper submission Web
site (http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=wscd2013).  PDF files
must have all non-standard fonts embedded.  After upload, please check
the copy stored on the site. Submission that do not view or print
properly may be rejected without a chance to rectify the problem.
Please contact [log in to unmask] for any questions.

Important Dates for Paper Submissions

      Papers due: December 10, 2012 (23:59 Hawaii Time: 
http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/city.html?n=103)
      Notification of Acceptance: January 10, 2013
      Camera-Ready: January 17, 2013
      Workshop: February 4, 2013

The workshop website can be found at

http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/um/people/nickcr/wscd2013

Challenge
---------

A challenge is running in parallel to this workshop. The evaluation is 
purely data-driven and focused on predicting user search engines 
switches for a sample of held-out sessions.  More details are available 
at http://switchdetect.yandex.ru/en

!!! Note that it is not obligatory neither to participate in the
     Challenge, nor to use the provided dataset to submit a paper to
     the workshop. WSCD welcomes papers using any search logs available
     to the authors. !!!


Workshop organizers

Georges Dupret, Yahoo! Labs
Nick Craswell, Microsoft
Pavel Serdyukov, Yandex

Program Committee

Michael Bendersky, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Fan Guo, Facebook
Benjamin Piwowarski, CNRS / University Pierre et Marie Curie
Jian-Yun Nie, Universite de Montreal
Steve Beitzel, Telcordia Technologies
Jaap Kamps, University of Amsterdam
Fabrizio Silvestri, ISTI - CNR
Carlos Castillo, Qatar Computing Research Institute
Mounia Lalmas, Yahoo! Labs Barcelona

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