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Liadh Kelly <[log in to unmask]>
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Koblenz, Germany.

The 4th Symposium on Future Directions in Information Access (FDIA) will
be held in conjunction with the European Summer School in Information
Retrieval ( in Koblenz, Germany. The
symposium aims to provide a forum for participants of the summer school to
share their research and interaction with senior researchers in an
informal and relaxed atmosphere. The previous symposiums were held in
Padova, Italy in 2009 (with ESSIR 2009), London, England in 2008, and
Glasgow, Scotland in 2007 (with ESSIR 2007) and have provided an
entertaining and exciting forum for sharing and forming tentative ideas
and work. Why future directions, because we want to encourage submissions
that focus on the early research such as pilot studies, presenting
challenges and future opportunities, conceptual and theoretical work, and
the contributions from doctoral work. Why Information Access, because it
captures the broader ideas of information retrieval, storage and
management to include interaction and usage.

Symposium Aims

The IRSG FDIA Symposium is mainly turned to PhD students, researchers new
to the field, and post doctoral researchers. The objectives are:

•To provide an accessible forum for new researchers to discuss their
research and projects
•To help foster formative and tentative research ideas
•To encourage discussion and successful progression
•To share outcomes of doctoral work

Call for Papers

This symposium calls for research papers to be submitted on topics about
Information Access. We especially encourage submissions on late breaking
and formative research which presents initial work that survey and present
future challenges and opportunities, present pilot studies, explore
conceptual and/or theoretical models, or which present results, findings
and future directions on experiments conducted using an existing approach
in a new space or on a new collection. Submissions focusing on new
directions and emerging work in Information Access/Retrieval which create
discussion and provoke reaction are strongly encouraged. Submissions
should provide the necessary background and motivation of the topic, so as
to maximize the benefit to the author and fellow participants.

A paper should aim to include the following:

•Motivation for the research
•Background and related work (with key references)
•Particular issues highlighted for discussion and main research

Late breaking and formative research papers may also wish to include:

•Description of proposed or performed research
•Outline of Conceptual/Theoretical Models
•Research methodology and experiment

Use of existing approaches papers should also include:

•Outline of Conceptual/Theoretical Models
•Description of performed research methodology and experiment
•Experiment findings and future directions

Areas of research include, but are not limited to:

•Information Retrieval
•Human Computer Interaction
•Multimedia and Multimodal
•Knowledge Management
•Bio, Chemo, Med, Eco, etc. Informatics

All papers will be peer reviewed by at least one senior researchers on the
Programme Committee. Papers should be 4-6 pages in length in eWics Format
using the Word or Latex templates. Submissions should be converted to PDF.
All submissions must be from a solo author: the idea is to encourage and
promote one's own research.

Call for Posters

We would also like to invite shorter submissions which provide a summary
of the your current research to present as a poster during the symposium.
This is an excellent opportunity to discuss your research with your peers
and senior IR researchers and practitioners during FDIA / ESSIR. All
posters will be reviewed. Poster paperss should be 1-2 pages in length in
eWics Format eWics Format using the Word or Latex templates. Submissions
should be converted to PDF.

The Proceedings will be printed online as part of the Ewics series. All
submissions should be uploaded via the ESSIR submission site.

Important Dates

31st of May: Paper/Poster Deadline
28th of June: Paper Notification
17th of July: Camera Ready Papers Due
August 2011: FDIA 2011 as part of ESSIR 2011

Tentative Programme

Welcome and Introduction
Boaster Session: quick fire presentations to promote one's work and tell
the audience why they should come and talk to you about your research
Poster Sessions: time for in depth discussions about your research and the
directions you are taking
Panel Session: tba


PC Chairs:

Liadh Kelly, Dubin City University
Leif Azzopardi, University of Glasgow

General Chair: Sergej Sizov, University of Koblenz

Local Organization: Ruth Ehrenestein, University of Koblenz

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