W3C home > Mailing lists > Public > semantic-web@w3.org > August 2009

2nd CfP: Workshop on User-generated Services (UGS2009)

From: Knud Hinnerk Möller <knud.moeller@deri.org>
Date: Wed, 19 Aug 2009 17:14:02 +0100
Message-Id: <37EC369E-1BBA-453D-B93E-2CAF0ACDF179@deri.org>
To: semantic-web at W3C <semantic-web@w3c.org>
(apologies for multiple postings)
1st International Workshop on User-generated Services (UGS 2009)
co-located with the 7th International Conference on Service Oriented
Computing (ICSOC2009) and ServiceWave2009
Stockholm, Sweden, November 23rd or 24th, 2009 (to be decided)
Papers due: 6th September 2009

Workshop Goal:

Service-oriented architectures (SOA) have transformed the way software  
systems are being developed. However, the development of services is  
still service-centric rather than user-centric. The reuse and  
combination of such services requires the assistance of a skilled  
developer. The workshop aims to explore research and development which  
will empower end-users to participate in the generation, combination  
and adaption of services to create functionality and solve problems in  
their work - what we user-generated services.


User-generated content (UGC) has become a major source of information  
on the World-Wide Web. Wikis, blogs, web-based user forums and social  
networks have empowered end-users to collaboratively create content  
and share it. UGC is not only a phenomenon in the private domain but  
has become a major source for technical solutions as exemplified by  
search results of technical problems in Google: solutions are  
increasingly found in sites providing UGC.

Thus end-users have become a major source of knowledge, similarly  
leveraging the “resources at the edge of the network” as P2P systems  
have done on a technical level. The next logical step is that after  
supporting the creation and management of data, the same should be  
done at the level of services created and provided by end-users, i.e.,  
“User-generated Services” (UGS). UGS can be cover a range of services,  
from ad-hoc, situational applications for personal use to more  
advanced enterprise mash-ups supporting a community of users. In order  
to facilitate UGS, tools and infrastructures to create, combine, reuse  
and execute possibly complex services in an easy manner are needed.

There is a range of issues that have to be addressed in order to  
realise the vision of user-generated services: service front-ends that  
support new ways of visualising and interacting with services have to  
be explored; questions of modelling end-users, who can range from  
naive users to power users, come into play, as well as modelling user  
behaviour and user context; automatic and semi-automatic methods for  
service composition are relevant, in order to lower the learning curve  
and technological threshold that users need to overcome for the  
creation of services.

The aim of the workshop is to bring together researchers and  
developers from both academia and industry, covering the different  
fields that are relevant for user-generated services, such as service  
oriented computing, semantics, human computer interaction and software  
design. The workshop will foster an exchange of ideas to further the  
state of the art in the field, share and define new ideas and  
practical experiences in designing, creating, deploying and using user- 
centric services, establishing new methodologies, techniques and  
graphical interfaces. The findings aim to facilitate and attract non- 
technical users to create and use electronic services, which  
architectural models would be the most adequate, and how for example  
semantics can play a role in designing and creating them.

Topics of Interest (not limited to)

- Methodology and Conceptualisation
  - Techniques to facilitate the creation of services by end-users
  - User-centric software development methodologies
  - Methodologies to accommodate different kinds of end-users (naive,  
power user, ...)
- Architectures and Platforms
  - Platforms and middleware to facilitate the connection of back-end  
services and service front-ends
  - Architectures for service front-ends
  - Indexing and cataloguing of services
  - Deployment of services
  - Easy service composition
- End-user Interfaces and Service Front-ends
  - Intuitive visual tools to manipulate and combine service components
  - Interface metaphors to hide and abstract service complexity from  
non-technical users
  - Different patterns for user-service interaction
  - Interfaces to enable service and resource mashups
  - Exposing existing back-end services to end-users
  - Studies dealing with usability of Service Front-ends
- Context and Behaviour
  - Taxonomies and Ontologies describing user context
  - Context-based personalisation of services and tools
  - Context-based service search
  - Behaviour-aware service recommendation
- Service design
  - Methods to dynamically reuse and personalise services
  - Integration and composition of services
  - Piping/wiring of services
- Automisation
  - (semi-)automatic service oriented application development
  - (semi-)automatic composition of services

Submission Details

We invite full paper submissions, as well as posters and demos. Papers  
must consist of original, unpublished research and must not be under  
review by another conference, journal, or workshop. Authors of  
accepted submissions will be invited to present their work at the  
workshop (in presentations of ca. 20 minutes). The focus of UGS is  
user-centric, so we also encourage posters and demos of running  
applications. Posters and Demos should describe prototypical  
implementations of systems related to the workshop topics. Accepted  
submissions will be presented in a separate poster/demo session.

Format requirements for the submission of papers are:

Maximum 15 pages, including title page and bibliography for full papers.
Maximum 5 pages, including title page and bibliography for short papers.

Accepted full papers will be included in the workshop post- 
proceedings, which are planned to be published in the Springer Verlag  
Services Science book series. Full papers are not to exceed 15 pages  
including all references and figures. All papers must be prepared in  
the Springer LNCS format.

Metadata about all papers, including title, abstract, authors and  
author affilitions, will also be made available publicly at http://data.semanticweb.org

Camera-ready copies will be required about 2 to 3 months after the  
conference. Authors will therefore have the possibility to improve and  
rework their papers on the basis of comments made during the workshop  

Complete submission instructions can be found on the workshop Web site  
at http://fast.morfeo-project.eu/workshops/ugs2009

Important Dates

September 06, 2009	      Submission deadline
September 27, 2009	      Acceptance notification
October 15, 2009	      End of early-bird registration period for ICSOC
November 23 or 24, 2009	  Workshop (decision for exact date is pending)

Organising Committee (alphabetically)

Schahram Dustdar, TU Vienna, Austria
Manfred Hauswirth, DERI/NUIG, Ireland
Juan José (Juanjo) Hierro, Telefonica I+D, Spain
Javier Soriano, UPM, Spain
Florian Urmetzer, SAP, Switzerland

Administrative Chairs (alphabetically)

Knud Möller, DERI/NUIG, Ireland
Ismael Rivera, DERI/NUIG, Ireland

UGS2009 is supported by the European FAST Project (FP7 216048).
Knud Möller, MA
+353 - 91 - 495086
Smile Group: http://smile.deri.ie
Digital Enterprise Research Institute
   National University of Ireland, Galway
Institiúid Taighde na Fiontraíochta Digití
   Ollscoil na hÉireann, Gaillimh
Received on Wednesday, 19 August 2009 16:14:46 UTC

This archive was generated by hypermail 2.4.0 : Friday, 17 January 2020 19:48:00 UTC