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CFP SEMSEARCH'11 at WWW - 4th Semantic Search Workshop

From: Tran Thanh <tran.du.th@googlemail.com>
Date: Sun, 9 Jan 2011 09:36:38 +0100
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[CFP] SEMSEARCH'11: Call for Papers for Semantic Search 2011 Workshop,
located at the WWW Conference 2011



Hi all,


we are happy to announce that there will be a 4th edition of the Semantic
Search workshop at WWW2011 in Hyderabad, India.

Semantic Search has attracted much interests, both from industry and
academia. After the success of the first three 

workshops, we decided to bring the community together and discuss hot


As with the previous events, the main directions of semantic search under
investigation are Semantic-driven Document 

Retrieval, Semantic Data Retrieval, Interaction Paradigms for Semantic
Search and Semantic Search Evaluation.



For the last workshop, we provided guidelines and support for evaluating
entity search approaches, a major topic of 

semantic search. This year, we plan to extend this evaluation benchmark to
consider other tasks so please check out the 

homepage in the next few weeks for news concerning this issue. 


The Call for Papers and more details on the Evaluation of Entity Search is
found below.

We are looking forward to see you in at SemSearch11.




Marko Grobelnik, Jozef Stefan Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Peter Mika, Yahoo! Research, Barcelona, Spain

Thanh Tran Duc, Institute AIFB, University of Karlsruhe (TH), Germany

Haofen Wang, Apex Lab, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China.



(Apologies if you receive multiple copies of this message)




1st Call for Papers SEMSEARCH11

Fourth Semantic Search Workshop SemSearch11


March 26 or March 27, 2011, Hyderabad, India


Homepage: http://km.aifb.uni-karlsruhe.de/ws/semsearch11



Submission deadline for full papers: February 26th, 2010 (12.00 AM, GMT)





In recent years we have witnessed substantial exploitation of search
technologies, both at web and enterprise scale. 

However, the representation of user queries and information in existing
search appliances is still almost exclusively 

achieved by simple syntax-based descriptions (i.e. keyword queries matched
against bag-of-words document representation). 

While these systems have shown to work well for many common search needs,
they work on the basis of rough approximations 

and usually fail to address more complex tasks such as aggregation and
information analytics.

On the other hand, recent advances in the field of semantic technologies
have resulted in tools and standards that allow 

for the articulation of domain knowledge at a high level of expressivity.
Semantic repositories and reasoning engines have 

now advanced to a state where querying and processing of this knowledge can
scale to large-scale scenarios. As such, 

semantic technologies are posed to provide significant contributions to IR
problems. More expressive descriptions of 

resources are achieved through the representation of the resource content in
terms of concepts and structured data (OWL, 

RDF). The recent media interest around Wolfram Alpha, PowerSet (acquired by
Microsoft Bing) and Yahoo! SearchMonkey show 

the expectations regarding the impact of semantic search.


The other way around, we have also seen the successful adoption of ideas
from IR to the problem of search in semantic (Web) 

data, which is due to the increasing size of the Semantic Web. Popular
examples include the Linking Open Data project, the 

large body of data in forms of Microformats and RDFa data associated with
text. Common to these scenarios is that the 

search is focused not on a document collection, but on semantic data (which
may be possibly linked to or embedded in 

textual information). Search and ranking large amount of semantic data on
the Web is another key topic addressed by this 








In this context, challenges for Semantic Search research will include, among

- How can semantic technologies be applied to the IR problems?

- How to address scalability and effectiveness of data Web search (by
applying IR technologies)?

- How to allow web user to exploit the expressiveness of the semantic data
on the Web? I.e. how to lower the technical 

barriers for users to ask complex questions and to interact with web data to
obtain concrete answers for complex needs?

- And most importantly, how can this new generation of search systems that
successfully exploit semantics for IR or for 

data Web search can be evaluated and compared  (with standard IR systems or
semantic repositories)?




Topics of Interest



Semantic Search is defined through two main directions. First is
Semantic-driven IR, the application of semantic 

technologies to the IR problem. The second is Semantic Data Search, which
mainly deals with the retrieval of semantic data. 

Main topics of interest for the envisioned workshop contributions include
(but are not limited to) the following:



Semantic-driven IR

- Expressive Document Models

- Knowledge Extraction for Building Expressive Document Representation

- Matching and Ranking based on Expressive Document Representation

- Infrastructure for Semantic-driven IR



Semantic Data Search

- Crawling, Storage and Indexing of Semantic Data

- Semantic Data Search and Ranking

- Data Web Search: Search in Multi-Data-Source, Multi-Repository Scenarios

- Dealing with Vague, Incomplete and Dirty Semantic Data

- Infrastructure for Searching Semantic Data on the Web



Interaction Paradigms for Semantic Search

- Natural Language Interfaces

- Keyword-based Query Interfaces

- Hybrid Query Interfaces (A Combination of NL, Keywords, Forms, Facets, and
Formal Queries)

- Visualization of Semantic Data and Expressive Document Representation on
the Web



Evaluation of semantic search

- Evaluation Methodologies for Semantic Search

- Standard Datasets and Benchmarks for Semantic Search

- Infrastructure for Semantic Search Evaluation






* Marko Grobelnik, Jozef Stefan Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia

* Peter Mika, Yahoo! Research, Barcelona, Spain

* Thanh Tran Duc, Institute AIFB, University of Karlsruhe (TH), Germany

* Haofen Wang, Apex Lab, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China.




Program Committee






Submission and Proceedings


For submissions, the following rules apply:

1. Full technical papers: up to 10 pages in ACM format


2. Short position or demo papers: up to 5 pages in ACM format


Submissions must be formatted using the WWW2011 templates.


Submissions will be peer reviewed by three independent reviewers. Accepted
papers will be presented at the workshop and 

included in the workshop proceedings.

We will pursue a journal special issue with the  topics of the workshop if
we receive an appropriate number of high-quality 


Details on the proceedings and camera-ready formatting will be announced
upon notification of the authors.

Please use the following link to the submission system to submit your paper:
EasyChair Submission System for SemSearch11 at 




Important Dates



Deadline for submissions: February 26th, 2011 (12.00 AM, GMT)


Notification of acceptance: March 6th, 2011


Camera-ready versions: March 16th, 2011


WWW'11 Conference: March 28th - April 1st, 2011


Workshop Day: March 26th or March 27th, 2011







The organization committee can be reached using contact data available at
their web pages. 

Workshop website at http://km.aifb.uni-karlsruhe.de/ws/semsearch11.
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