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CSIRA 2007 : Collaborative and Social Information Retrieval and Access: Techniques for Improved User Modeling


When Oct 15, 2007 - Feb 20, 2008
Where International
Abstract Registration Due Oct 15, 2007
Submission Deadline Feb 20, 2008
Notification Due Oct 31, 2007
Categories    information retrieval   user modeling   information system   information technology

Call For Papers


Collaborative and Social Information Retrieval and Access: Techniques for Improved User Modeling

A book edited by
Max Chevalier, Christine Julien and Chantal Soulé-Dupuy
Université de Toulouse, IRIT UMR 5505, France

Proposals Submission Deadline: 15 October 2007
Full Chapters Due: 20 February 2008


Nowadays, information workers (individuals or professionals) are facing a lot of information sources (intranet/internet). The challenge is to find relevant information within the huge amount of available information within these numerous sources. Adaptive or Personalized approaches tend to help users during this task. Besides these solitary approaches, evolutions of such approaches can be seen through systems that take into account a group (formal or informal) of users in order to improve search access and retrieval: Collaborative and Social Information Retrieval and Access systems. One of the main challenge of such approaches is the way users and communities are modeled and the way these models are exploited to improve the user's satisfaction. A variety of techniques have been adopted to address this challenge: context acquisition, community model, community of practice building... Research in these areas suggests an alternative promising approach in helping users find relevant information.

User modeling for Collaborative and Social Information Retrieval and Access refers to a family of techniques concerning the model of user's information needs, relationships, behavior or context and their exploitation in order to improve the relevance of information offered to users.

Collaborative and Social Information Retrieval and Access: Techniques for Improved User Modeling presents current state-of-the-art developments in this area and also includes case studies, challenges and trends. Contributors will have the opportunity to inform and educate academics, researchers, information retrieval product managers and software developers, librarians and students in the area of information systems.


Recommended topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

Models (profile, context, user and community needs and behavior, Social information seeking)
User Context Acquisition
Mechanisms for Personalization
Folksonomies, tagging and other collaboration-based information retrieval systems
Social navigation processes and metaphors for searching information
Collaborative browsing
Collaborative querying
Adapted Content delivery
Cooperative software agents for information retrieval
Collaborative filtering and recommender systems
Evaluation of adaptive systems, algorithms and interfaces
Social informatics
Social networks and information retrieval
Architecture for Personalized Retrieval and Access
Adaptive Information Retrieval and Access
Personalization techniques
Usability in Adapted Information Retrieval and Access
Applications and case studies
Trends and challenges


Potential contributors are invited to submit a 3-5 page chapter proposal by 15 October 2007 detailing the background, motivations and structure of the proposed chapter. All inquiries can be sent electronically (PDF/RTF/DOC files). Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by 31 October 2007 on the status of their proposals and sent chapter organizational guidelines. Full chapters are due on 20 February 2008 and should be at least 8,500-10,000 words in length. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a three-blind review basis. Final revised manuscripts are due on 15 May 2008.

The book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), publisher of the IGI Publishing (Idea Group Publishing), Information Science Publishing, IRM Press, CyberTech Publishing and Information Science Reference (formerly Idea Group Reference) imprints, in early 2009.

Chapter proposal due
15 October 2007

Notification of acceptance
31 October 2007

Full chapter due
20 February 2008

20 April 2008

Revised chapter due
15 May 2008

Final Notification of acceptance
15 June 2008


Inquiries and submissions (PDF/RTF/DOC files) can be forwarded electronically or by mail to:

Dr. Max CHEVALIER, Dr. Christine JULIEN,

Contact information:
Max Chevalier/Christine Julien/Chantal Soulé-Dupuy
Université De Toulouse
118 route de Narbonne, F-31062 Toulouse cedex 09
Tel: (33) 56155-7443 or (33) 56155-6322
Fax: (33) 56155-6258

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