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ESAIR 2012 : Fifth Workshop on Exploiting Semantic Annotations for Information Retrieval


Conference Series : Exploiting Semantic Annotations in Information Retrieval
When Nov 2, 2012 - Nov 2, 2012
Where Maui, Hawaii
Submission Deadline Jul 10, 2012
Categories    information retrieval   NLP

Call For Papers

Fifth Workshop on
Exploiting Semantic Annotations for Information Retrieval (ESAIR'12)

CIKM 2012, November 2, Maui

Submissions due: July 10

* Call for Papers

There is an increasing amount of structure on the Web as a result of modern Web languages, micro-formats and linked data, user tagging and annotation, and emerging robust NLP tools. These meaningful, semantic, annotations hold the promise to significantly enhance information access, by enhancing the depth of analysis of today's systems. Currently, we have only started exploring the possibilities and only begin to understand how these valuable semantic cues can be put to fruitful use. To complicate matters, standard text search excels at shallow information needs expressed by short keyword queries, and here semantic annotation contributes very little, if anything.

The main questions for the workshop are how to leverage the rich context currently available, especially in a mobile search scenario, giving powerful new handles to exploit semantic annotations. And how can we fruitfully combine information retrieval and semantic web approaches, and for the first time work actively toward a unified view on exploiting semantic annotations.

* Many Open Questions

The Workshop will bring together researchers working with semantic annotations, its use cases, its sources (authoring to NLP tools), its users, and its use in DB, IR, KM, or Web research, and work together on a range of open questions:

- Application/Use Case: What are use cases that make obvious the need for semantic annotation of information? What tasks cannot be solved by document retrieval using the traditional bag-of-words? What is keeping searchers from exploring these powerful search request?

- Annotations: What types of annotation are available? Are there crucial differences between author-, software-, user- , and machine-generated annotations? How similar or different are linked data and annotated text? What is impact of the web of data with more and more information in preprocessed form?

- Rich Context: Besides personalization and geo-positional information, mobiles have a wide and growing range of locational, mechanical and even biometrical sensor data available to them. Can kick-start the query by inferring task and situational context in the mobile use case?

- (Un)certainty: How should we interpret the annotations? Can expect a messy world to be captured in a clean set of meaningful categories? Or is all information fundamentally uncertain and only partly known? How can we fruitfully combine information retrieval and semantic web approaches?

These and other related questions will be discussed at this open format workshop -- the aim is to provide paths for further research to change the way we understand information access today!

* We Need Your Help!

Help us shape the future of information access by increasing the depth of analysis of today's systems:

- Submit a short 2-page research or position paper explaining your key wishes or key points,

- and take actively part in the discussion at the Workshop.

The deadline is Friday July 10, 2012, further submission details are on

We are looking forward to a productive, stimulating and fruitful workshop day in the tradition of previous ESAIR workshops -- come join the discussion!

Jaap Kamps, University of Amsterdam
Jussi Karlgren, Gavagai Stockholm
Peter Mika, Yahoo! Research, Barcelona
Vanessa Murdock, Yahoo! Research, Barcelona

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