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Duane Degler <[log in to unmask]>
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[Apologies for cross-postings]
Sharing Ideas for Complex Problems in User Interaction
SWUI Workshop at the International Semantic Web Conference 2009.  
Washington, D.C. USA.  25th October 2009.
Papers due: 17th August 2009.

This workshop seeks to gather researchers and problem owners from a range of

disciplines - both inside and outside the semantic web space - to explore
aspects of the user experience in complex, very heterogeneous data
It is the sixth in the Semantic Web User Interaction (SWUI) series, and
its theme this year in part from the location of ISWC2009: Washington, D.C.
workshop web site, with full details, is at: 

Workshop Theme:

Use of semantic web protocols and technologies are increasing rapidly in 
government and business, so they are affecting an ever-widening user 
population on the web. Increasingly, web and data/archival management tools 
are embedding RDF and linked data capabilities into their architectures, and

projects are overlaying standards-based ontologies to supplement older 
proprietary vocabularies. However, the key question remains:
* What are the most effective ways to harness these capabilities to support 
   high quality user interaction by researchers and the public?

A case study provides a focal point for our day-long collaborative 
discussion - it centers around the rapidly growing area of large-scale 
electronic archives and library collections online 
( This domain is 
particularly rich to explore, as it offers highly heterogeneous data 
sources, a wide mix of structured and unstructured data, diverse user 
populations and goals, requirements for a range of query/search/retrieval 
strategies, and unique needs for visualizing/rendering both results and 
individual objects.

There is a lot of good, relevant research and new interaction techniques 
inside and outside the linked data/semantic web community that can 
contribute to this domain, and ultimately to many large, heterogeneous data 
interaction domains.

Who should participate?

This workshop will be of interest to researchers and designers from a 
range of disciplines, including: 
* Semantic Web 
* Linked Data 
* Machine Learning 
* NLP, concept and entity extraction, and linguistic analysis 
* Search and indexing of structured and unstructured data, 
   images and multimedia 
* Visualization 
* Text entry, tagging and annotation 
* Ontology and taxonomy modeling and integration 
* Social and community interaction 
* Multimedia 
* Grid and cloud computing 
* Agents

Participating in the Workshop:

A written research/position paper must be submitted and accepted to 
participate in the workshop. The deadline for papers is August 17, 2009 
(see key dates, below). Because of the short review time for our PC, we 
would really appreciate your submitting an abstract and your intention 
to submit by Friday, August 7th. Papers do not need to be full length 
research papers to be accepted - high quality ideas, contributions, and 
imagination are most important.

For acceptance into the workshop, participant papers must contain:
* A summary of your related research/practice work, with examples 
   that describe unique aspects of your research and any tools or models you

   are developing. 
* Links to existing papers that describe your work in more 
   detail; for researchers doing newer or more exploratory work, a longer 
   paper describing new and unpublished work can also be accepted by the PC.

* Specific ideas on how your research is a "piece in the larger puzzle" that

   contributes to improving the situation for users in the case study

Position papers can be as short as 4 pages, and the maximum length for 
research papers is 12 pages. Accepted papers are expected to be published to

the CEUR-WS website. 

Workshop Format:

The workshop will feature collaborative activities to 
understand the relationships between participants' work, in order to find 
points for cross-fertilizing and extending future research. This will be a 
highly interactive workshop! Some of the specific activities for the 
workshop will be determined based on the participants and the research work 
they are bringing to the event. 

The workshop aims to produce a strong and detailed outline/extended abstract

on the UI challenges presented by the case study domain and the types of 
approaches that apply - and hopefully by extension can benefit other large, 
heterogeneous data domains. We will ask participants to continue 
contributing to the outline, with the aim of publishing the workshop 
outcomes as a paper or journal special edition.

Key Dates:

Abstract/intent due: 7 August 2009
Submissions due: 17 August 2009
Notification by: 6 September 2009 
Final papers due: 9 October 2009 
Workshop date: 25 October 2009

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Submissions to: 
All papers submitted will be reviewed by the workshop program committee. 

Duane Degler, Design for Context, USA 
Jennifer Golbeck, University of Maryland, USA 
m.c. schraefel, University of Southampton, UK
Lloyd Rutledge, Open Universiteit Nederland, NL

For More Information:

Workshop website: 
E-mail: [log in to unmask] 
Case study:

ISWC2009 (Washington, D.C. USA, 25-29 October 2009): 
Westfields Conference Center:

Previous workshops in Semantic Web User Interaction:

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