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Kirstie Hawkey <[log in to unmask]>
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Wed, 30 Nov 2005 19:41:30 -0500
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WWW 2006 Workshop
Logging Traces of Web Activity: The Mechanics of Data Collection

We invite position papers for the WWW 2006 workshop “Logging Traces of Web
Activity: The Mechanics of Data Collection”. Many WWW researchers require
logs of user behaviour on the Web. Researchers study the interactions of
web users, both with respect to general behaviour and in order to develop
and evaluate new tools and techniques. Traces of web activity are used for
a wide variety of research and commercial purposes including user
interface usability and evaluations of user behaviour and patterns on the
web. Currently, there is a lack of available logging tools to assist
researchers with data collection and it can be difficult to choose an
appropriate technique. There are several tradeoffs associated with
different methods of capturing log-based data. There are also challenges
associated with processing, analyzing and utilizing the collected data.

This one day workshop will examine the trade-offs and challenges inherent
to the different logging approaches and provide workshop attendees the
opportunity to discuss both previous data collection experiences and
upcoming challenges.  The goal of this workshop is to establish a
community of researchers and practitioners to contribute to a shared
repository of logging knowledge and tools. The workshop will consist of a
panel discussion, participant presentations, demonstrations of logging
tools and prototypes, and a discussion of the next steps for the group.
Participation is open to researchers, practitioners, and students in the

Potential participants are invited to submit either a one page statement
of interest or a four page position paper. All accepted submissions will
be included in the workshop proceedings, which will be published online.
Participants will be selected based on the relevance of the submission to
the workshop topic, interest to other participants, and breadth of
submissions. A selected number of position papers will be chosen for
presentation by the participants during the workshop.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:
- Methodologies for data collection (e.g. client-side, server-side, proxy-
- Collecting browser data (e.g. events, bookmarks, history, and caches)
- Collecting data from users across different browsers
- AJAX-compatible logging systems
- Using mixed data sources for data validation
- Cleaning web data
- Web data warehousing
- Using web data for proactive user functionality
- Methods for matching user behavior to task models
- Qualitative annotation of web data

Submissions should be sent to [log in to unmask] no later than January 10,

Additional information on the workshop can be found at:

We look forward to your position papers!

Workshop Organizers:

Andy Edmonds, MSN Search, Microsoft Corporation
Kirstie Hawkey, Fac. of Computer Science, Dalhousie University
Melanie Kellar, Fac. of Computer Science, Dalhousie University
Don Turnbull, School of Information, University of Texas at Austin

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