Workshop on Social Navigation and Community-Based Adaptation Technologies

Call for participation

June 20, 2006, Dublin, Ireland

in conjunction with Adaptive Hypermedia and Adaptive Web-Based Systems


The organisers would like to invite you to participate in this topical
and varied workshop, exploring the personalization side of the 
collective behaviour enabled by the social technologies that underpin 
what some are calling 'Web 2.0.'

Background and Motivation
Social Navigation systems have shown some ways that the collective
wisdom of a community of users can be distilled to produce adaptive
behavior. Social navigation systems typically use visual changes to the
environment to shift emphases and organisation of navigational cues,
or to add navigation cues to help users locate information. Between 1994
and 2000 pioneer research on Social Navigation and other
community-based systems such as collaborative filtering systems brought
a range of interesting results. Over the last three years
research into socially-based systems has expanded as a result of the
rapid development of what is sometimes described as 'Web 2.0'.

The mushrooming growth of social software (including "folksonomy"
systems employing social tagging) has brought social navigation
techniques out of the backwaters of research environments and created a
lot of interest in community-based technologies. The abundance of social
software, including annotation systems, wikis, clusters of blogs, social
network visualisations, social
recommender systems, and new ways of visualising conversations,creates a
unique opportunity to broaden research on community-based
adaptation and to bring its results into practice. The underlying
principle that binds these systems together is that they both affect
and are affected by aspects of collective group behaviour. While most
modern community-based systems are not adaptive, a range of old and
new community-based adaptation techniques could be applied in the new
context and deliver interesting results.

The workshop will bring together researchers and developers from a range
of disciplines and approaches to share knowledge and to seek synergies
and syntheses.
One goal of the workshop is to explore the potential for
interoperability techniques and standards, allowing richer blends and
mashups of sociable media, social software and systems using social

    * Technical paper presentations: Full and short papers
          o A Two-Level Adaptive Visualization for Information Access to
            Open-Corpus Educational Resources
            Jae-wook Ahn, Rosta Farzan, Peter Brusilovsky

          o Social Awareness in the iHelp Courses Learning Content
            Management System
            Christopher Brooks, Collene Hansen, Jim Greer

          o Social Interaction in the CATS Group Recommender
            Kevin McCarthy, Lorraine McGinty, Barry Smyth & Maria Salamo

          o Using Social Tagging to Improve Social Navigation
            David R Millen and Jonathan Feinberg

          o Semantic Halo for Collaboration Tagging Systems
            Alan Dix, Stefano Levialdi, Alessio Malizia

          o Using Collaborative Filtering in an Intelligent Tutoring
            System for Legal Argumentation
            Niels Pinkwart, Vincent Aleven, Kevin Ashley and Collin Lynch

          o On the Importance of "Who Tagged What"
            Mark van Setten, Rogier Brussee, Harry van Vliet, Luit
            Gazendam, Ynze van Houten, Mettina Veenstra

* Software demonstrations and posters

          o Implicit Culture as a Tool for Social Navigation
            Aliaksandr Birukou, Enrico Blanzieri, and Paolo Giorgini

          o Unobtrusive Data Collection for Web-Based Social Navigation
            Katja Hofmann, Catherine Reed, Hilary Holz

          o Proximo, Location-Aware Collaborative Recommender
            Eoghan Parle and Aaron Quigley

          o Linking in Lurkers: The Comtella Discussion Forum
            Andrew Webster, Julita Vassileva

Workshop organizers:

Peter Brusilovsky, University of Pittsburgh, USA
Jon Dron, University of Brighton, UK
Jaakko Kurhila, University of Helsinki, Finland

Program committee:
Johan Bollen, Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA
Joseph Konstan, University of Minnesota, USA
Rosta Farzan, University of Pittsburgh, USA
Jill Freyne, University College Dublin, Ireland
Max Harper, University of Minnesota, USA
Åsa Rudström, SICS, Sweden
Barry Smyth, University College Dublin, Ireland
Martin Svensson, SICS, Sweden
Colin Tattersall, Open University, the Netherlands
Julita Vassileva, University of Saskatchewan, Canada
Alan Wexelblat, HOVIR, USA

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