BooksOnline'12 Workshop:
Online Books, Complementary Social Media and their Impact

CIKM 2012, October 29, 2012, MAUI, USA

<http://www.hci.usi.ch/BooksOnline12/>

Call for Papers

Goals
The BooksOnline workshops aim to foster research initiatives that are focused on innovation opportunities and challenges created by large collections of digital books. This year, BooksOnline'12 aims to offer a forum for bringing together expertise from academia, industry, libraries and archives to facilitate the exchange of research and application of social media and collaboratively shared content in the field of digital libraries with specific focus on online books. This requires solving a range of KM, IR, DB, DL and HCI challenges applied to large collections of online books and related social media. These include mechanisms for fast access to semi-structured data, methods to mine and enrich content and analyze usage data, algorithms, user interfaces and interaction models for searching and recommendation in rich social contexts, and designs for engaging reading experiences that readers would want to share. One of the main themes for this year is the impact of this technology on young users, the so called Native Digital, and on their social engagements. BooksOnline'12 will encourage strong exploitation of the incentives and benefits of such major forms of massive on-line collaborations for digital libraries.

Keynote Speakers tbc
Similarly to previous years, we plan to host keynote speakers, who are prominent in the area. Previous keynote speakers included Adam Farquhar (The British Library), Ville Miettinnen (Microtask), James Crawford (Google Books), John Ockerbloom (University of Pennsylvania), and Brewster Kahle (Internet Archive).

Workshop format
The one day workshop will include selected oral and poster sessions to present and discuss ongoing research efforts, and a break-out session to brainstorm around new ideas, research directions, proposals and implementation strategies, finishing with presentations to summarize the results of the break-out sessions.

We solicit:
Position papers and posters (1-2 pages) discussing ongoing projects and planned initiatives or proposals for future research directions;
Research papers (4-6 pages).

We encourage research contributions of innovative and creative novel ideas, theories, methods, solutions as well as posters and position papers describing existing or planned systems or discussing specific problems and challenges, controversial discussions of research directions that are likely to generate discussion at the workshop, and papers recommending specific research directions to take based on learnt lessons.

For research papers, selection criteria will include the merit of the technical contributions, presentation, novelty and significance, emphasizing new ideas and research directions for online books.

Topics of interest
Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

Basic principles: Paradigms/affordances of digital/digitized books vs. paper
Readers: Differences among readers with a special focus on younger readers
Design: Novel approaches to design involving readers, specially innovative methodologies of co-design with emphasis on specific reader communities
Social: Social aspects of on-line books and library services; social navigation and annotations; social search, sharing and collaboration and co-authoring; social reading experiences, community building through shared content and annotation;
Crowdsourcing: Crowdsourcing and social engagement for personalization, book recommendations; social games around reading lists or digital book content; hybrid computer-human systems for digital libraries;
Education: Virtual learning environments and eBooks; eBooks in teaching; eBooks as integrated content, data, and media; ubiquitous access
Knowledge: Extracting semantics and knowledge from books; linking and sense making; from books to discovery of knowledge; cross-referencing, and knowledge sharing; community interests and social context;
Evaluation: Evaluating eBooks, interface and interaction designs for active reading, features for collection browsing, mining social media reviews on usability issues; using crowdsourcing for large-scale evaluation;
Infrastructure: Building access infrastructures; indexing and content representation; scalability and interoperability; technologies for search, browsing, filtering, and information extraction; integration of complementary content and services; supporting rich media experiences for online books; integrating social platforms; tagging, reviewing, recommendations;
Culture: Universal access to online books across nations and cultures; translation of content and metadata; genre dependent book recommendation and search services for different demographic target groups.

Important dates
Paper submission deadline: July 20, 2012
Notification of acceptance: August 6, 2012
Camera-ready deadline: August 20, 2012
Workshop: October 29, 2012

Paper submission and participation
Submissions must be written in English, formatted using the <http://www.acm.org/sigs/publications/proceedings-templates>ACM templates (<http://www.acm.org/sigs/publications/proceedings-templates>http://www.acm.org/sigs/publications/proceedings-templates): using the "Option 2" style. This is also the style that will be required for final papers. Papers must be submitted as pdf files.

Accepted papers will be published in the CIKM workshop proceedings, which will be printed on CD and indexed in the ACM digital library, together with the main CIKM 2011 proceedings. One author per accepted paper is required to register and attend the workshop.

To submit a paper, please go to the BooksOnline'12 Easychair submission site: <https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=booksonline2012>
<https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=booksonline2012>

Organizers

Gabriella Kazai, Microsoft Research, UK
Monica Landoni, University of Lugano, CH
Peter Brusilovsky, University of Pittsburgh, USA
Carsten Eickhoff, Delft University of Technology, NL

Further information
Please visit: <http://www.hci.usi.ch/BooksOnline12>

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