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KASW 2008 : International Workshop on Knowledge Acquisition from the Social Web


When Sep 3, 2008 - Sep 5, 2008
Where Graz, Austria
Submission Deadline Apr 28, 2008
Notification Due May 31, 2008
Categories    web   data mining   web 2.0   social web

Call For Papers

International Workshop on "Knowledge Acquisition from the Social Web" KASW'08

September 3-5, Graz, Austria
held in conjunction with the Triple-I Conference

Submission deadline: April 28, 2008
Notification of acceptance: May 31, 2008
Camera-ready version: June 30, 2008
Workshop: One day format, between September 3-5, 2008


This workshop aims to develop and bring together a community of
researchers interested in discussing the manifold challenges and
potentials of knowledge acquisition from the social web.

With the advent of the "Social Web", a new breed of web applications has
enriched the social dimension of the web. On the social web, actors can
be understood as social agents - technological or human entities - that
collaborate, pursue goals, are autonomous, and are capable of exhibiting
flexible problem solving and social behavior. By participating in the
social web, both technological and human agents leave complex traces of
social interactions and their motivations behind, which can be studied,
analyzed and utilized for a range of different purposes. The broad
availability and open accessibility of these traces in social web
corpora, such as in, Wikipedia, weblogs and others, provides
researchers with opportunities for, for example, novel knowledge
acquisition techniques and strategies, as well as large scale,
empirically coupled "in the field" studies of social processes and

This workshop aims to develop and bring together a diverse community of
researchers interested in the social web by seeking submissions that are
focusing on understanding and evaluating the role of agents, goals,
structures, concepts, context, knowledge and social interactions in a
broad range of social web applications. Examples for such applications
include, but are not limited to social authoring (e.g. wikis, weblogs),
social sharing (e.g., flickr), social networking (Facebook,
LinkedIn) and social searching (e.g. wikia, eurekster, mahalo)


While the workshop is open to anyone interested in the topics of the
workshop, it is the particular intention to utilize this workshop as an
opportunity to gather and build a strong network of researchers with
similar interests. To support this, we will put special emphasis on room
for interaction and networking, and on discussing the accepted papers in
detail. For that purpose, we will consider, for example, to designate
significant time for discussions, provide all accepted papers on the
workshop website before the event, encourage presenters to read their
colleagues' papers before the workshop takes place, and prepare
questions. This aims to improve the ability of participants to relate to
each others work, to communicate - and to increase the overall quality
of interactions at the workshop.


We encourage submissions from researchers with a variety of backgrounds,
including common sense reasoning, natural language processing, data
mining, automatic classification, ontology, semantic web, requirements
engineering, knowledge management and information sciences.

The main topics of interest for this workshop include, but are not
limited to:

- Knowledge discovery and mining on the social web
- Text-extraction and understanding on the social web
- Social Network Analysis on the social web
- Folksonomies and Ontology learning

- Multi Agent Systems and the social web
- Agent-oriented modeling and engineering of social web applications
- Goals and motivations on the social web
- Acquiring commonsense knowledge from the social web

- Trust, reputation and social interactions on the social web
- Information diffusion and knowledge transfer on the social web
- Evaluation of and evaluation techniques for social web applications

The workshop is accepting papers (6 to 8 pages) ranging from theoretical
contributions including novel methods, techniques and algorithms, rigid
evaluations to empirical or analytical case studies related to the
topics of interest. Work-in-progress contributions which seek advice or
collaborations - or contributions which would simply seek the feedback
from other workshop participants are particularly welcome. However, all
contributions should exhibit a level of maturity where a) an interesting
issue has already been narrowed down sufficiently and B) adequate prior
work has been done (e.g. first results, an exploratory study,
comprehensive analysis of related approaches, etc).

In addition, we will accept demos. Demo submissions should consist of a
brief description (1-4 pages) and a screenshot of the working prototype.


The TRIPLE-I Conference series is a joint venture of the conferences
I-KNOW, I-MEDIA and I-SEMANTICS. TRIPLE-I reflects the increasing
importance and convergence of knowledge management, new media
technologies and semantic systems. This unique concept aims at bridging
the gaps between the various communities and their technology fields.


Submission deadline: April 28, 2008
Notification of acceptance: May 31, 2008
Camera-ready version: June 30, 2008
Workshop: One day format, between September 3-5, 2008


All submissions (paper or demo) must be following the J.UCS format. All
submissions will be reviewed by at least three members of the program
committee. For questions and comments, please contact the workshop
co-chairs. Information about submitting articles will be made available
on the workshop website.

Organizing Committee:

Andreas Hotho, University of Kassel
Mathias Lux, Klagenfurt University
Sergej Sizov, University of Koblenz-Landau
Markus Strohmaier, Graz University of Technology

contact: markus.strohmaier (at)

Program Committee (to be completed):

Anjo Anjewierden, University of Twente
Andrew Gordon, University of Southern California
Ralf Klamma, RWTH Aachen
Sotirios Liaskos, York University
Claudia Müller, University of Potsdam
Kotaro Nakayama, Osaka University
Sebastian Schaffert, Salzburg Research
Arno Scharl, Modul University Vienna
Marc Spaniol, MPII Saarbrücken

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