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CFP: Data In Web Search (DISH) Workshop - 13th May 2013, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

From: Dan Brickley <danbri@danbri.org>
Date: Wed, 9 Jan 2013 18:22:12 +0000
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[I don't often crosspost to 3 W3C lists, but I think this will be an
important event and hope to see some of you there... --Dan]

CFP: Data In Web Search (DISH) Workshop - 13th May 2013, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

 Workshop: <http://dish2013.foaf-project.org/>
 Conference: <http://www2013.org/>

This WWW2013 Workshop focuses on new approaches to using structured
data for improving Web search. Most Web documents and queries are
about entities and the relationships between them, i.e., structured
data with documented semantics. However, popular search engines have
historically ignored structured data, instead relying on techniques
that model the document and queries as a bag of words.

Recent developments, most notably the dramatic increase in the use of
structured data markup on web pages have lead to substantial interest
from mainstream search engines. However, we are  still in the very
early stages in the evolution of how search engines use this
structured data. Most of the current work is focussed on searching
databases of facts about entities and presenting them either alongside
the search results, or on annotating search results with additional
data. The core problems of utilizing knowledge about entities for
improving the ranking of documents, helping set the user context, etc.
are still largely   unexplored territories.

While the use of structured data is still limited in Web search
engines, active research in this direction can be observed in many
communities. Most notably, there is a broad range of solutions
proposed by IR, database, and Semantic Web researchers for exploiting
structured data for various search tasks. The goal of this Workshop is
to bring these communities together to focus on the central question
of how to make these solutions applicable to Web search engines. The
central theme of the workshop is to explore new and novel ways for
exploiting explicit representations of entities and the relationships
between them to improve Web search.

Important Dates

Workshop proceedings will be published through the ACM Digital
Library, with associated tight production deadlines:

 * February 23rd 2013: Workshop paper deadline
 * March 13th 2013: Workshop paper notifications
 * April 2nd 2013: Workshop paper final copy
 * WWW2013 Conference: May 13-17th 2013, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
 * Workshop day: May 13th 2013.


Three main directions of semantic search have emerged. The first is
the use of structured data to augment traditional web search results
and the search results page. The second is to use the structured data
to directly deliver results to search requests and to answer
questions. The third is to use knowledge about a domain to affect
ranking of results. This workshop targets all these directions of
semantic document retrieval and semantic data retrieval but puts
special emphasis on the web search context. Possible topics for
submission include, but are not limited to:

  * Structured data for Web document retrieval
  * Entity/relation aware document and query models
  * Entity/relation aware matching and ranking
  * Use of structured data for building vertical search engines
  * Web data retrieval
  * Searching structured data with textual queries
  * Novel applications of structured data to augment search results
  * Evaluation methodologies


Workshop papers should be submitted by Feb 23rd 2013 using EasyChair
(we are 'dish2013' there), see

The organizers can be contacted at dish-workshop
organizers@googlegroups.com in case of technical issues with the
submission process. Due to the tight schedule, please don't ask for


We invite posters and papers of max. 6 pages presenting new ideas
for how structured data can be used in search, preferably with working
demos. Accepted papers will be published as part of the International
Conference Proceedings Series (ICPS) of the ACM Digital Library.

We plan to accept 8-12 papers and organize a full day event, roughly
half devoted to each of the two approaches. Each session will have a
significant time set aside for discussion. There will also be a poster
session. Attendance will be open to the public (via WWW2013 Workshops
registration <http://www2013.org/registration/>). We plan to have one
or two invited talks.

Advisory Board

* Krisztian Balog, NTNU, Norway
* Charlie Jiang, Bing, USA
* Steve Macbeth, Bing, USA
* Pavel Serdyukov, Yandex, Russia
* Alexander Shubin, Yandex, Russia
* Arjen P. de Vries, Delft University of Technology, Holland

  Program Committee (in progress - awaiting confirmations)

* Vineet Gupta, Google, USA
* Alon Halevy, Google, USA
* Edgar Meij, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
* Eric Miller, Zepheira, USA
* Libby Miller, BBC R&D, UK
* Srikant Ramakrishnan, Google, USA
* Gerhard Weikum, Max-Planck Institute, Germany
* ...

  Contact: dish-workshop-organizers@googlegroups.com

See also previous workshops in the SemSearch series (2008-2011) and
the JIWES 2012 workshop.

For more on the location, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rio_de_Janeiro
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