CFP: The 1st NoTube Workshop on Future Television: integrating the Social and Semantic Web

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**** The 1st NoTube Workshop on Future Television: integrating the Social and Semantic Web [ ] ****

At EuroITV 2010 (, Tampere, Finland June 9, 2010
The introduction of Internet capabilities and Web content integration to Television means much more than seeing Web pages on TV or having on screen widgets. Emerging Web trends such as social Web technologies and semantic Web technologies can both enable new and exciting types of service for the Television based on knowing the viewer and the content, and linking this to what the viewer does and who the viewer knows elsewhere on the Web. This workshop seeks to explore the possibilities and challenges inherent in the overlap of social, semantic and television technology, bringing together experts from all three areas to chart the route into this new generation of television experience. Our goal is to take the first steps in developing a common vision for social-semantic-Television, including:

- how social Web, semantic Web and television technology can and could be integrated; 
- what types of new and innovative services could become possible on that basis; 
- where data is available and re-usable, and where data could be generated and re-used; 
- existing and needed specifications and standards; 
- which concrete steps need to be taken to achieve uptake of the technology in the TV industry. 

This workshop is an initiative of the EU project NoTube, exploring television's future in the ubiquitous Web (for more information, please see


We address experts from three communities in which there is only a small overlap at present, despite the clear mutual benefits to be gained for integration of social Web, semantic Web, and television technologies. The emerging state of the art is the joint presentation of social Web and television (e.g. on-screen widgets) but without any underlying integration. Semantic techology provides a powerful means to make social Web and television data machine-understandable, and hence automatically processable by applications and services. A combination of the three technology strands opens new innovation and exploitation potential for data owners, providers, network operators, television companies, broadcasters, and hardware manufacturers as well as entrepreneurs who can fill the gap as developers and providers of new added-value data-based IPTV services. We expect all of these groups will take an interest in the workshop alongside researchers in the fields of social Web, semantic Web and television, particularly those focused already on the overlaps between these fields.

--- FORMAT ---

We will have a full day workshop consisting of the following:
An opening talk will present the vision of the EU project NoTube: a new generation of television experience enhanced by the application and integration of social and semantic Web technologies. This will be complemented by brief demonstration of early prototypes of the NoTube scenarios. 

Two paper sessions will present ongoing research results from different parties and projects in the areas of social and semantic Web technologies, respectively, as applied to video or television (broadcast streams). Papers will have been selected on the basis of their relevance to the workshop and quality of the work, as judged by members of a program committee drawn from the social, semantic and media technologies areas. 
A closing panel will give the word to a selected group of experts (one from the semantics community, one from the social Web community and one from the media/TV community) and engage workshop attendees in an open discussion around how to achieve the vision of social/semantically-enhanced television: how to integrate different research activities? what aspects are missing in current research, e.g. agreeing on standards? which steps can be taken to ensure uptake in the television industry? 

--- TOPICS ---

Following topics for papers represent a non-exhaustive list:

- Re-use of social Web data for TV program adaptation, recommendation, selection or mash-ups 
- Re-use of semantic Web data for TV program adaptation, recommendation, selection or mash-ups 
- Generation of social Web data from TV watching and interaction with the TV program 
- Generation of semantic Web data from TV watching and interaction with the TV program 
- User profiling with respect to interests, TV preferences, or current mood 
- Integrating existing broadcast TV infrastructure with the social and semantic Web 
- Annotation of TV programming with social or semantic Web data schemas 
- Applying semantic and social Web applications on the television, including development for the set top box, design of appropriate user interfaces and exploration of user interaction patterns 
- Engineering, implementing and demonstrating new added-value data services around television 
- Integration of semantic and social Web data in TV-based applications 


All submissions shall follow the ACM guidelines. Workshop papers should be between 4 and 8 pages (including figures and references). See further detail at Submissions can be made by e-mail to 

Workshop proceedings will be published in the ACM Online Digital Library. Selected papers may be selected for being published within special issues or edited books.


Submission deadline:  April 7, 2010
Notification of acceptance:  May 1, 2010
Camera ready copy: May 21, 2010
Workshop day:  June 9, 2010

--- CHAIRS ---

Lyndon Nixon, STI International, AT  
Lora Aroyo, VUA, NL  
Dan Brickley, VUA, NL 
Libby Miller, BBC, UK

Lora Aroyo, VUA, NL 
Dan Brickley, VUA, NL 
Stefan Dietze, The Open University, UK
Libby Miller, BBC, UK 
Lyndon Nixon, STI International, AT 
Davide Palmisano, Fondazione Bruno Kessler - Web Of Data Research Unit, IT
Yves Raimond, BBC, UK

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