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2nd International Conference on the Pragmatic Web

        "Building Common Ground on the Web"

         22-23 Oct. 2007, Tilburg, The Netherlands


TRUST AND COMMITMENT: Whether we look at our geo-political and  
environmental context, work within and between organizations, or our  
local communities, there has never been a greater need for  
understanding across cultural, intellectual, and other boundaries.  
Whether the context is international policy, distributed teamwork, e- 
business, or community mobilisation, fundamentally, people must build  
trust and commitment to common goals by talking and acting together.

        What role does the Web have to play in these complex processes?

GET PRAGMATIC: The study of "pragmatics" is driven by an interest in  
action. It illuminates how it is that we manage to evolve mutual  
understanding and commitments in conversation. Central to this  
perspective is the understanding that the meaning of everything we  
say and do is contextual. When contexts change, meanings change in  
conversations, documents, and models of the world. This is something  
that we manage fluently in face-to-face conversation, but when  
working on the Web over space and time, tools must still support  
adaptation to new contexts. A focus on pragmatics draws attention to  
how communicative actions are performed via Web media.

THE PRAGMATIC WEB CONFERENCE is a unique forum to envision and debate  
how the emerging social, semantic, multimedia Web mediates the ways  
in which we construct shared meaning. While there is much research  
and development into topics relevant to this challenge such as  
collaboration, usability, knowledge representation, and social  
informatics, the Pragmatic Web conference provides common ground for  
dialogue at the nexus of these topics.

WE INVITE YOU as a researcher or practitioner working on these  
challenges to join us in October to share your work, and to come and  
find out what others are doing. This is an emerging network of people  
exploring the intersection of established intellectual traditions and  
the fast changing Web: come and help shape the community!


* How can we better understand the usefulness, and limitations, of a  
concept such as "Web Pragmatics"

* What pragmatic design principles improve websites where trust and  
commitment to action are central?

* What are the tradeoffs for users of more structured Web  
collaboration media? (e.g. in learnability, scaleability,  

* How can participatory work practices and collaboration tools be  
orchestrated in the design of the standards, data models and  
ontologies that underpin data-driven Web applications?

* What role does pragmatics play in the design of personalised  
information and personalised actions channelled through the Web?

* What impact (intended or unintended, productive or disruptive) do  
different levels of computational infrastructure have on Web pragmatics?

* How can we clarify our understandings of increasingly important  
concepts on the Web such as "social ties", "metadata", "knowledge  
representation", and "transaction"?

* If "context" is pivotal in making human interaction meaningful, how  
can we take context into account to improve Web applications?

Previous work has identified the following as relevant topics to  

Theories, Frameworks, Models and Methods

...inspired by Pragmatics and Pragmatism, or less formally, case  
study reflections on "pragmatic" uses of the Web that supported the  
negotiation of social/work relationships and common ground

Applied pragmatic theory
Communication, dialogue and argumentation models
Context models
Design processes from requirements to maintenance
Evaluation perspectives and methods
Linguistic metaphor: its value for framing the Syntactic, Semantic  
and Pragmatic Web
Technology acceptance/media choice theories
Integrative frameworks: approaches to integrating insights from  
component disciplines (e.g. language-action perspectives, cognition,  
linguistics, semiotics, knowledge representation, philosophy,  
interaction design, negotiation)

Pragmatic Perspectives on Technologies, e.g.

Collaboration and coordination tools, both synchronous and asynchronous
Modelling tools
Tagging and other annotation tools
Software for forging and evolving social networks

Activities in which pragmatics play a key role, e.g.

Argumentation, dialogue and debate
Business and other organizational transactions
Collaboration, social networking and coordination
Engaging and mobilising the public to act
Information brokering
Managing collective knowledge
Negotiation, mediation and conflict resolution
Sensemaking, analysis and decision-making

Key Dates

We invite full papers (max. 10 pages in conference format), short  
papers and design case studies (max. 4 pages), and poster displays:

Submission Deadline: 7 May (17:00 GMT)
Notification of Acceptance: 29 June
Final Version: 28 September
Conference: 22-23 October 2007

Conference paper template: 
Submit papers to: icpw2007 {at sign} pragmaticweb dot info


The proceedings will be digitally archived at a permanent URL in a  
University Library eprint repository, ensuring free access,  
minimising conference costs and maximising impact. Selected papers  
will be invited for re-submission to one or more journal special issues.

Conference Chairs

Simon Buckingham Shum, The Open University, UK
Mikael Lind, University College of Borås, Sweden
Hans Weigand, Tilburg University, The Netherlands

Programme Committee

Mark Aakhus, Rutgers University, USA
Pär Agerfalk, Jönköping International Business School, Sweden
Jens Allwood, Gothenburg University, Sweden
Robert Biuk-Aghai, University of Macau, China
Geof Bowker, Santa Clara University, USA
Jan Dietz, Technology University of Delft, The Netherlands
Tom Gordon, Fraunhofer FOCUS, Germany
Ian Horrocks, University of Manchester, UK
Christian Huemer, University of Vienna, Austria
Myriam Lewkowicz, Univ. de Technologie Troyes, France
Kalle Lyytinen, Case Western Reserve University, USA
Ann Macintosh, Napier University, UK
Clara Mancini, Open University, UK
Aldo de Moor, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Willy Picard, Poznan University of Economics, Poland
Wolfgang Prinz, Fraunhofer FIT and Aachen University, Germany
Andrew Ravenscroft, London Metropolitan University, UK
Chris Reed, Univ. Dundee, UK
Gary Richmond, City University of New York, USA
Nicklas Salomonson, University College of Borås, Sweden
Mareike Schoop, University of Hohenheim, Germany
York Sure, University of Karlsruhe, Germany
Yao-Hua Tan, Free University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
James Taylor, University of Montreal, Canada
Bill Turner, LIMSI Paris, France
Brian Whitworth, Massey University, New Zealand
Manuel Zacklad, Univ. de Technologie Troyes, France

Tilburg is the sixth biggest city in the Netherlands. The name  
Tilburg was first mentioned in an old document dating from the year  
709. Tilburg is found more frequently in historical sources from the  
twelfth century onwards.

Because of its location, Tilburg is often called the 'heart of  
Brabant'. Whether you would like to wander through the beautiful  
nature which surrounds the city or want to visit a museum, Tilburg  
has a lot to offer.

Culture is an important issue in Tilburg. Although the city does not  
have many material examples of a rich cultural history, it has a lot  
to offer in other fields. Almost every evening you can enjoy live  
shows in the centre: popmusic in 013, jazz in Paradox, classical  
music in the Concertzaal and performing arts in the Stadsschouwburg.  
The musea, amongst which De Pont and Nederlands Textielmuseum, stock  
big collections and they house changing expositions.

Tilburg is easy to reach. There are good train connections with  
Schiphol Airport Amsterdam (90 minutes) and Brussels Airport.  The  
airport closest by is Eindhoven (40 km).


Details will be posted on the conference website as soon as finalised.


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