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BooksOnline'11 Workshop:  Online Books, Complementary Social Media and Crowdsourcing
CIKM 2011, October 24, 2011, Glasgow, UK

http://research.microsoft.com/booksonline11

Call for Contributions

Goals

The BooksOnline workshops aim to foster research initiatives that are focused on innovation opportunities and challenges created by large collections of digital books. This year, the workshop will explore the role of social media and crowdsourcing in the context of online books, defining new user experiences on the web.

Examples of where social media is promoting online book usage include LibraryThing.com and Amazon's book service that integrates with Kindle. Crowdsourcing has also been used in building benchmarks for the evaluation of book search engines. However, these are merely the tip of the potential opportunities that such social engagement models and platforms can offer to online book services. Since immersion and supporting infrastructure are clearly vital to the future of digital library platforms, the workshop will aim to unearth these potentials to advance both theory and development in designing user experiences and developing technology for supporting such experiences.



Workshop format

The one day workshop will include keynote presentations, paper presentations in panel sessions covering both ongoing research efforts and proposals for new initiatives, a poster session, and a break-out session.



Best Paper and Best Project Proposal awards

A seed fund of 3,000, provided by Microsoft Research, will be awarded to one or more selected projects or papers as judged by the workshop organizers and a selected panel of experts.



Confirmed Keynote Speaker
Ville Miettinnen, CEO of Microtask
Microtask is a Finnish technology company founded to create a technology platform for crowdsourcing and distributed work. Their product, Microtask Platform, is a software platform for global distribution of short-duration tasks to online workers. The system supports automated quality assurance and provides service-level agreements for task quality and turnaround times. The most notable use case for such tasks has been human-assisted optical character recognition, for example, in digitized books.



Topics of interest

We invite submissions of full research papers (up to 10 pages) describing novel developments and research, or position papers and project proposals (up to 5 pages) presenting ideas, goals or directions of work, highlighting pressing issues or opportunities for innovation involving digital books and complementary media. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

*         New paradigms for digital books, paper vs. electronic media, affordances of books and eBooks;

*         Social reading, search, recommendations, navigation and annotations; sharing, collaboration and co-authoring; community building through shared content and annotation;

*         Crowd as library assistant; paid and for-fun social engagement; crowdsourcing for personalization, book recommendations; hybrid computer-human systems for digital libraries;

*         Virtual learning environments; eBooks in teaching; eBooks as integrated content and media; emersion in the user experience;

*         Extracting semantics and knowledge from books; linking and sense making; cross-referencing, and knowledge sharing; community interests and social context;

*         Evaluating eBooks, interface and interaction designs for active reading, features for collection browsing, mining social media reviews on usability issues; using crowdsourcing for evaluation;

*         Infrastructures; indexing and content representation; scalability and interoperability; technologies for searching, browsing, filtering, and information extraction; integration of complementary content and services; supporting rich media experiences for online books; integrating social platforms; tagging, reviewing, recommendations;

*         Universal access to online books across nations and cultures.



Important dates

Paper submission deadline: July 10, 2011
Notification of acceptance: July 31, 2011
Camera-ready deadline: August 12, 2011
Workshop: October 24, 2011



Paper submission and participation

Submissions must be written in English, formatted using the ACM templates<http://www.acm.org/sigs/publications/proceedings-templates> (http://www.acm.org/sigs/publications/proceedings-templates): using the "Option 2" style. This is also the style that will be required for final papers. Papers must be submitted as pdf files.

Accepted workshop papers will be published in the CIKM workshop proceedings, which will be printed on CD only and indexed in the ACM digital library, together with the main CIKM 2011 proceedings. One author per accepted paper is required to register and attend the workshop.

To submit a research paper (max 10 pages), position paper or project proposal (max 5 pages), please go to the BooksOnline'11 Easychair submission site<http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=booksonline11>.



Organizers
Gabriella Kazai (Microsoft Research, UK)
Carsten Eickhoff (Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands)
Peter Brusilovsky (University of Pittsburgh, USA)

Further information

For further information, please visit http://research.microsoft.com/booksonline11/

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