CfP: 3rd Int. Conf. Track on the Pragmatic Web at i-Semantics 2009 (ICPW 2009)

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  3rd International Pragmatic Web Conference Track
                (ICPW 2009)


  International Conference on Semantic Systems 
              (i-Semantics 2009)

2 - 4 September 2009, Messecongress|Graz, Austria

Papers will be published in JUCS conference proceedings.

Selected best papers will be invited to a forthcoming special issue 
of Elsevier Data & Knowledge Engineering (
on "Pragmatic Web".


                 Call for Papers

The PRAGMATIC WEB track is a special track within the i-Semantics 2009. It
is centered around the study of "pragmatics" in the Semantic Web. That is,
it draws attention to how communicative actions with a pragmatic context are
performed via Web media  and illuminates how mutual understanding and
commitments to actions can evolve in conversations. For further information
about the Pragmatic Web track see

Topics of Interest

* Theories, Frameworks, Models and Methods
  ...inspired by Pragmatics and Pragmatism, or less formally, case study  
  reflections on "pragmatic" uses of the Web that supported the negotiation

  of social/work relationships and common ground
* Applied pragmatic theory
* Communication, dialogue and argumentation models
* Pragmatic Web media for communicative actions
* Pragmatic collaboration and coordination tools
* Pragmatic context models (e.g. within conversation-based collaborations)
* Pragmatic design principles for Web contents where trust and commitment to

  action play a role
* Vocabularies / ontologies for pragmatic primitives (e.g. speech acts, 
  deontic primitives, etc.)
* Linguistic metaphor: its value for framing the Syntactic, Semantic and 
  Pragmatic Web
* Pragmatic model of scientific inquiry in Semantic Web research
* Negotiation, mediation, conflict resolution, and coordination combining   
  existing ontologies and schemata, collaborative ontology sharing and  
  matching techniques 
* Integrative frameworks: approaches to integrating insights from component

  disciplines (e.g. language-action perspectives, cognition, linguistics, 
  semiotics, knowledge representation, philosophy, interaction design, 
  negotiation, media studies)
* Pragmatic reasoning supporting adaptive semantic collaboration and virtual

  collaborative teams 
* Sense making, analysis and decision-making in a cooperative or non- 
  cooperative pragmatic model
* Argumentation, dialogue and debate
* Personalized / role-based Pragmatic Web Agents and intelligent 
  conversation or action based web services
* Pragmatic Web based human-human and human-computer interaction
* Semiotically motivated approaches to information systems
* Semiotic engineering and Semiotics in business computing
* Semiotic theory, concepts, methods and techniques, and their practical  


TRUST AND COMMITMENT: Whether we look at our geo-political and  
environmental context, work within and between organizations, or our  
local communities, there has never been a greater need for  
understanding across cultural, intellectual, and other boundaries.  
Whether the context is international policy, distributed teamwork, e- 
business, or community mobilisation, fundamentally, people must build  
trust and commitment to common goals by talking and acting together.

What role does the Web have to play in these complex processes?

GET PRAGMATIC: The study of "pragmatics" is driven by an interest in  
action. It illuminates how it is that we manage to evolve mutual  
understanding and commitments in conversation. Central to this  
perspective is the understanding that the meaning of everything we  
say and do is contextual. When contexts change, meanings change in  
conversations, documents, and models of the world. This is something  
that we manage fluently in face-to-face conversation, but when  
working on the Web over space and time, tools must still support  
adaptation to new contexts. A focus on pragmatics draws attention to  
how communicative actions are performed via Web media.

THE PRAGMATIC WEB CONFERENCE TRACK at i-Semantics 2009 is a unique forum 
to envision and debate how the emerging social, semantic, multimedia Web 
mediates the ways in which we construct shared meaning. While there is 
much research and development into topics relevant to this challenge such as

collaboration, usability, knowledge representation, and social  
informatics, the Pragmatic Web conference provides common ground for  
dialogue at the nexus of these topics.

WE INVITE YOU as a researcher or practitioner working on these  
challenges to join the special Pragmatic Web track at the i-Semantics 2009
in September to share your work, and to come and  
find out what others are doing. This is an emerging network of people  
exploring the intersection of established intellectual traditions and  
the fast changing Web: come and help shape the community!


* How can we better understand the usefulness, and limitations, of a  
concept such as "Web Pragmatics"

* What pragmatic design principles improve websites where trust and  
commitment to action are central?

* What are the tradeoffs for users of more structured Web  
collaboration media? (e.g. in learnability, scaleability,  

* How can participatory work practices and collaboration tools be  
orchestrated in the design of the standards, data models and  
ontologies that underpin data-driven Web applications?

* What role does pragmatics play in the design of personalised  
information and personalised actions channelled through the Web?

* What impact (intended or unintended, productive or disruptive) do  
different levels of computational infrastructure have on Web pragmatics?

* How can we clarify our understandings of increasingly important  
concepts on the Web such as "social ties", "metadata", "knowledge  
representation", and "transaction"?

* If "context" is pivotal in making human interaction meaningful, how  
can we take context into account to improve Web applications?

Submission Information
All accepted papers of Pragmatic Web Conference Track at I-SEMANTICS 2009
will appear in the printed i-Semantics conference proceedings published by
the Journal of Universal Computer Science (JUCS). Selected papers will also
be invited for an extension to be published as journal publication in the
forthcoming special issue of Elsevier Data & Knowledge Engineering
on "Pragmatic Web".

Submissions must be original and must not have been submitted for
publication elsewhere. Articles should follow the JUCS guidelines for
formatting (
and must be submitted via the online submission system available at the
conference website as PDF documents (other formats will not be accepted).
For the camera-ready version, we will also need the source files (Latex,
OpenOffice, Word). 

Research/Application Papers
Research/Application papers report on novel research and/or applications
relevant to the topics of the conference. The number of pages of research
papers is limited to 8 pages including references and an optional appendix.

Posters, Demos & Tutorials 
The conference also particularly welcomes the submission of posters, demos,
and tutorials. Submissions should consist of a 2-4 page description that
allows us to judge the quality of your presentation. Descriptions will also
be published as part of the i-Semantics proceedings.

Important Dates

- Paper Submission Deadline: 9 March 2009
- Acceptance of Notification: to be announced
- Submission of Camera-Ready Paper: to be announced 
- Conference: 2 - 4 September 2009

Pragmatic Web Conference Track Chairs

Adrian Paschke, Free University Berlin, Germany
Hans Weigand, Tilburg University, The Netherlands

Programme Committee

(to be announced soon)

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