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Workshop on Social Information Retrieval in Technology-Enhanced  
Learning (SIRTEL07)
2nd European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning (EC-TEL07)
Crete, Greece,September 17-20, 2007

*** Deadline Extension: New deadline for paper submissions: July 1,  
2007 ***
*** David Wiley will contribute as invited speaker at the workshop ***


Social information retrieval (SIR) refers to a family of techniques  
that assist users
in obtaining information to meet their information needs by  
harnessing the knowledge
or experience of other users. Examples of SIR techniques include  
sharing of queries,
collaborative filtering, social network analysis, social bookmarking  
and  the use of
subjective relevance judgements such as tags,  annotations, ratings  
and evaluations.

SIR methods, techniques and systems open an interesting new approach  
to facilitate
and support learning and teaching. There are plenty a resource  
available on the Web,
both in terms of digital learning content and people resources (e.g.  
other learners,
experts, tutors) that can be used to facilitate teaching and learning  
The remaining challenge is to develop, deploy and evaluate systems  
that provide
learners and teachers with guidance to help identify suitable  
learning resources
from a potentially overwhelming variety of choices.

Several questions are being researched around the application of SIR  
in Technology-Enhanced Learning (TEL) settings. The aim of the  
SIRTEL'07 Workshop
is to bring together researchers and practitioners that are working  
on topics related
to the application of SIR methods, techniques and systems in  
educational settings,
as well as present the current status of research in this area to  
interested researchers
and practitioners. It aims to serve as a discussion forum where  
researchers will present
the results of their work, also establishing liaisons between  
different groups that are
exploring related subjects. In addition, it aims to outline the rich  
potential of
modern SIR methods, techniques and systems in order to build TEL  
systems and services.

TOPICS OF INTEREST (include but are not limited to):

* Defining the scope, purpose and objects of social information  
retrieval in TEL
* Recommender systems and collaborative filtering in educational  
* Novel ways of generating input information for recommenders in the  
area of learning and teaching
* Ranking of search results to support individualised learning needs
* Integrating SIR services in existing learning management systems
* Folksonomies, tagging and other collaboration-based information  
retrieval systems
* Social navigation processes and metaphors for searching information
    related to teaching and learning
* Analysing social interactions in learning communities and social  
networks on the Web
    to facilitate information sharing and retrieval
* Approaches to TEL metadata that reflect social ties and  
collaborative experiences
    in the field of education
* Interoperability of SIR systems for TEL
* Visualisation techniques to support social navigation in learning  
and teaching
* Semantic annotation and tagging for social information retrieval  
* Evaluating the performance of SIR systems in educational applications
* Measuring the effectiveness of SIR systems in supporting learning  
and teaching
* Evaluation the user satisfaction with SIR systems in supporting  
learning and teaching


The aim of the workshop is to chart out the current state-of-the-art  
of SIR in TEL
and list the main enablers and challenges for the near future as well  
as in the long term.
Each presenter of the workshop is asked to explicitly identify such  
enablers and challenges.
The workshop will conclude with an open discussion listing and  
prioritising the main enablers
and challenges for the short and the long term. One of the aims is to  
identify the need for
new research.

The workshop will be strongly discussion oriented. To that effect,
all accepted papers will be made available online before the workshop.
Presenters will be asked to focus more on comparison with related work
presented by others and demonstration of early prototypes,
so as to take maximum advantage of the added value of a face-to-face  


Authors are invited to submit original unpublished research as full  
papers (8 pages),
work-in-progress as short papers (max. 4 pages) or position  
statements (max. 2 pages).
All submitted papers will be peer-reviewed by at least three members  
of the
program committee for originality, significance, clarity and quality.

Papers will be published online as EC-TEL workshop proceedings, as  
part of the
CEUR Workshop proceedings series. is a recognised ISSN  
publication series,
with ISSN 1613-0073.

Authors of papers presented in the Workshop will also be invited to  
enhanced versions of their papers for potential publication in a planned
special issue of a relevant journal.

Authors should use the Springer LNCS format ( 
For camera-ready format instructions, please see "For Authors"  

Submissions should be made through the online submission system  
especially set up
for this purpose:


    Paper Submission: July 1, 2007 *** NEW DEADLINE ***
    Results Notification: July 15, 2007
    Camera Ready Submission: August 15, 2007
    Workshop dates: September 17 or 18, 2007
    Main conference dates: September 19-20, 2007


* John Dron, University of Brighton, UK
* Hendrik Drachsler, Open University of the Netherlands, The Netherlands
* Alexander Felfernig, University of Klagenfurt, Germany
* Mikko Laine, WSOY Educational, Finland
* Brian Lamb, University of British Columbia, Canada
* Francisco J. Martin, MyStrands, USA
* David Massart, European Schoolnet (EUN), Belgium
* Brandon Muramatsu, Utah State University, USA
* Amborn Naeve, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden
* Xavier Ochoa, Escuela Superior Politecnica del Litoral, Ecuador
* Demetrios Sampson, CERTH/ITI & University of Piraeus, Greece
* Miguel-Angel Sicilia, University of Alcala, Spain
* Barry Smyth, University College Dublin, Ireland
* Marc Spaniol, RWTH Aachen, Germany
* Gulden Uchyigit, Imperial College, UK
* David Wiley, Utah State University, USA
* Martin Wolpers, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KUL), Belgium


* Riina Vuorikari, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven & European  
Schoolnet, Belgium
* Nikos Manouselis, Informatics Laboratory, Agricultural University  
of Athens, Greece
* Erik Duval, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium & ARIADNE  


After the success of EC-TEL06, the Second European Conference on
Technology Enhanced Learning provides a unique forum for all research
related to TEL, including its interactions with knowledge management,
business processes and work environments. This is a competitive and  
forum for TEL research in Europe and world-wide through specialized  
and the main conference. EC-TEL07 provides unique networking  
for participating researchers throughout the week and includes  
project meetings
and discussions for ongoing and new research activities supported by  
the European
Commission. See for details.

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