W4A 2012 - 9th International Cross-Disciplinary Conference on Web Accessibility - 16/17 April, 2012, Lyon, France

The W4A 2012 Student Award is an exciting opportunity for two high quality students with limited funding to receive up to US$1200 (including registration) to attend W4A 2012. We are now inviting applications with a deadline of February 28th, 2012.

All students with an interest in accessibility technologies are welcome to apply, and we encourage applications from those with interests related to this year's topic (The Web of Data).

== Eligibility ==

This award is open to any student in a postgraduate position at a University or other Higher Education institution who is carrying out research that is directly relevant to the field of web accessibility. We particularly encourage applicants from under-represented parts of the world.

Please note, student award applicants cannot also be co-authors on a submitted technical or communication paper.

== Award Judges ==

Giorgio Brajnik (University of Udine, Italy)
Vicki Hanson (University of Dundee, UK)
Amy Hurst (UMBC, USA)
Jonathan Lazar (Towson University, USA)

== How to Apply ==

Send the following materials to < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. >.  You will receive an email acknowledgement on successful receipt of your application.

* A 500 word statement in ACM Format (http://www.acm.org/sigs/publications/proceedings-templates) outlining your interest in web accessibility, why you wish to attend and what you hope to achieve by attending W4A 2012. This can include details of your accessibility research, its originality and its anticipated impact on end users.

* A letter of support from your research supervisor, confirming your position as an accessibility researcher.
* A completed application form including personal details (<http://www.w4a.info/common/backingfiles/Award-Application.doc>).

== Judging criteria ==

Submissions will be judged on a number of factors:

* Awareness of the field of web accessibility
* Originality and potential impact of your accessibility research
* An indication of current funding limitations and/or any unsuccessful attempts to secure funding to attend.
* Relevance of your research to the theme of this year's conference (The Web of Data)

== Expectations ==

Successful applicants are expected to:

* Attend the conference as an active delegate.
* Present for 15 minutes on their research and the likely impact on the field of web accessibility.

* Write a post-event reflective report on W4A 2012. This will be published on the W4A web site, and may also be submitted to other publications, such as the ACM SIGACCESS newsletter.

== Contact/Questions ==

For more information, go to
Email: < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. >

Student Co-Chairs

Shari Trewin, IBM Research, USA.
Anna Cavender, Google, USA


Join us in Paris for the
12th ACM Symposium on Document Engineering Telecom ParisTech, Paris France,
Sept. 4-7, 2012 <http://doceng2012.wp.institut-telecom.fr/ >

Call for Papers

Documents are communication artifacts in any form and in any media; they can
be simple or compound, static or time-varying, private or open. Document
collections underpin research, education, commerce, entertainment - a full
range of human activity. Document engineering encompasses the study of
principles, tools and processes that improve our ability to create, manage,
maintain, share, and access documents and document collections.

You are invited to submit original papers to the 12th ACM Symposium on
Document Engineering (DocEng 2012). Attendees at this international forum
have interests that span all aspects of document engineering and the full
breadth of document types and applications. DocEng is sponsored by ACM by
means of the ACM SIGWEB Special Interest Group. Proceedings are available
through the ACM Digital Library.

Important Dates:

* Apr 06, 2012 Full Paper Abstracts due 
* Apr 13, 2012 Full Papers due 
* May 18, 2012 Short Paper Abstracts due 
* May 25, 2012 Short Papers due 

Topics relevant to the symposium include (but are not limited to):

Document Analysis:
Structure and representation analysis (structure, layout, OCR)
Linguistic and Semantic (content) analysis, categorization, classification

Modeling and representation:
- Hypertexts/hypermedia, distributed documents, blogs, wikis 
- Linking techniques and standards, robust linking, integration with other
digital artifacts 
- Document Representations - interchange standards (ODF, PDF, TEI),
metadata (RDF, MPEG-7), markup languages (SGML, XML), style
sheets (CSS, XSL), type representation, multimedia (incl. HTML-5, 
MPEG, SMIL, SVG), temporal aspects, e-book standards (ePub) 

Collections, Systems, and Management:
- Collections databases and repositories, storage, indexing, retrieval, 
versions and variants, deduplication 
- Enterprise Content Management - models and standards (CMIS), scale and 
performance, platforms and applications 
- Digital libraries and archives, preservation systems 
- Document System Components - Security, APIs (SAX, DOM), versioning,
- Document Systems and Workflow, curation and annotation, cooperation,
integration and interaction between human and automated processes,
engineering life cycle 

Generation, Manipulation, and Presentation:
- Document authoring tools and systems 
- Document presentation (typography, formatting, layout) 
- Automatically generated documents, automated layout and composition,
variable data printing 
- Adaptive Documents 
- Mobile platforms and documents 
- Document transformation (XSLT, XQuery) and rich-web-client models 
(jQuery, DOJO) 

- Document internationalization, multilingual representations 
- Multi-lingual and cross-lingual indexing and search 

For more information, see the conference website at:


First Call for Papers

LREC 2012 workshop on:
Natural Language Processing for Improving Textual Accessibility

May 27, 2012 (Morning Session)
Istanbul, Turkey



=== Introduction ===

This workshop aims to bring together researchers focused

on tools and  resources  for making textual information more accessible to people

with special needs including diverse ranges of hearing and sight disabilities,

cognitive disabilities, elderly people, low-literacy readers and adults being

alphabetized, among others.

=== Motivation and Topics of Interest ===

In recent years there has been an increasing interest in accessibility and
usability issues. This interest is mainly due to the greater importance
of the Web and the need to provide equal access and equal opportunity to people
with diverse disabilities. The role of assistive technologies based on language
processing has gained importance as it can be observed from the growing number
of efforts (United Nations declarations on universal access to information or
WAI guidelines related to content) and research in conferences and workshops

However, language resources and tools to develop assistive technologies
are still scarce.

This workshop will give an opportunity for individuals from different communities to present research findings, discover future challenges, and discuss potential collaboration.

We welcome papers describing tools, resources, models, techniques and evaluation
from all areas of natural language processing tailored to accessibility and
assistive technologies. These include, but are not limited to, the following:

-    Resources: corpora of inaccessible documents, aligned corpora, gold-standards and annotation schemes.
-    Evaluation, complexity and readability methodologies and metrics.
-    Novel modeling and machine learning techniques for improving accessibility.
-    Natural language generation for improving accessibility.
-    NLP for Web accessibility.
-    Text adaptation, elaboration, simplification and summarization.
-    User studies on systems and components.
-    NLP tools for accessibility

=== Submission Information ===

We encourage contributions in the form of full papers (6 to 8 pages long).
Papers should follow the LREC format which is available at the LREC 2012 Web Site.
The submission process will be online using the START conference system at


All accepted papers will be presented orally and published in the workshop proceedings.

=== Important dates ===

Feb 24, 2012              Paper submission deadline

March 23, 2012          Notification of acceptance

March 30, 2012             Camera-ready version

May  27, 2012           LREC 2012 Workshops

=== LRE Map 2012 ===

The LRE Map 2012, an initiative promoted for monitoring the
production, use and evaluation of language resources and tools.

When submitting a paper from the START page, authors will be asked
to provide essential information about resources (in a broad sense,
i.e. also technologies, standards, evaluation kits, etc.) that have
been used for the work described in the paper or are a new result of
your research.

For further information on this new initiative, please refer to

=== Organizers ===

Ricardo Baeza-Yates         (Universidad Pompeu Fabra, Yahoo!)
Paloma Moreda             (Universidad de Alicante)
Luz Rello             (Universidad Pompeu Fabra)
Horacio Saggion         (Universidad Pompeu Fabra)
Lucia Specia              (University of Wolverhampton)

=== Program Committee ===

Sandra Aluisio                     (University of Sao Paulo)
Ricardo Baeza-Yates             (Universidad Pompeu Fabra, Yahoo!)
Delphine Bernhard                 (University of Strassbourg)
Nadjet Bouayad-Agha             (Universidad Pompeu Fabra)
Richard Evans                     (University of Wolverhampton)
Caroline Gasperin                 (TouchType Ltd)
Pablo Gerv√°s                     (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)
Simon Harper                     (University of Manchester)
David Kauchak                     (Middlebury College)
Guy Lapalme                     (University of Montreal)
Paloma Mart√≠nez                 (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid)
Aurelien Max                     (Paris 11)
Kathleen F. McCoy                 (University of Delaware)
Ornella Mich                     (Foundazione Bruno Kessler)
Ruslan Mitkov                     (University of Wolverhampton)
Paloma Moreda                     (Universidad de Alicante)
Constantin Orasan                 (University of Wolverhampton)
Luz Rello                         (Universidad Pompeu Fabra)
Horacio Saggion                 (Universidad Pompeu Fabra )
Advaith Siddharthan             (University of Aberdeen)
Lucia Specia                     (University of Wolverhampton)
Juan Manuel Torres Moreno     (University of Avignon)
Markel Vigo                         (University of Manchester)
Leo Wanner                     (Universidad Pompeu Fabra)
Yeliz Yesilada                     (Middle East Technical University Northern Cyprus Campus)

=== Contact Address ===

For further information please contact us at:
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Theme: The Web of Data and Web Accessibility

Topics and Content
The World Wide Web has changed the way we search, access, consume and produce information. While
existing superficial content allows us to browse and interact with the Web, we are far from taking full
advantage of it. Laying beneath the surface of the Web there are a number of phenomena such as trends
and patterns in information structure and in user behaviour that do shape the way we communicate,
consume and browse. As far as accessibility is concerned, Web content plays a central role in an ecosystem
where user agents, authoring tools, crowdsourcing frameworks and testing tools determine how accessible
is the Web. As these components are moving to the cloud, their mere activity and interplay produces
large amounts of data. For instance, thousands of testing reports are being generated every day by
automatic tools and auditors. Moreover, crowdsourcing tools are facilitating a myriad of accessibility
fixes and providing guidance to users.

In parallel, announcements made by UK and US governments, amongst others, to make public data
available are contributing to adding enormous amounts of data to the Web. While some of these data
repositories consist of raw data, some other are explicitly structured and semantically annotated set
of documents. However, users still find it difficult to access to these data mainly because of information
overload and access barriers. So even if the major goal of Open Government initiatives is to foster
transparency, the reality is that citizens struggle to access.

So we can find data produced by the accessibility ecosystem -users and tools- and intentionally uploaded
data. The former, if adequately exploited, can yield invaluable knowledge to better understand web
accessibility as a phenomenon. The latter provide us mechanisms to arrange these data on the web so
that they are accessible for machines although not for humans. As a result, topics of interests include
(but are not limited to):

* Intelligent processing of the massively produced reports by accessibility testing tools.
* Web mining and AI techniques for accessibility testing and repairing.
* Usage patterns of accessibility tools on the cloud.
* How to use data produced by means of crowd-sourcing accessibility fixes.
* How data produced while interacting and traversing the Web can improve accessibility.
* How to create user profiles from log data.
* The characterization of the Web at a macro and micro-scale.
* Accessibility of Linked Data repositories.
* Using Linked Data to better organise knowledge on Web accessibility.
* Web authoring guidelines and tools
* Mobile accessibility
* User modeling and the adaptive web
* Adaptation and transformation of existing Web content
* Design and best practice to support Web accessibility
* Technological advances to support Web accessibility
* End user tools
* Accessibility guidelines, best practice, evaluation techniques, and tools
* Psychology of end user experiences and scenarios
* Innovative techniques to support accessibility
* Universally accessible graphical design approaches
* Accessible graphic formats and tools for their creation

Keynote Speakers
- Professor James Hendler, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
- Professor Alan Newell, University of Dundee, "William Loughborough Dinner Keynote" sponsored by SIGWEB

Microsoft Web Accessibility Challenge
Sponsored by Microsoft since 2008, the "Web Accessibility Challenge"
is organised to give an opportunity to researchers and developers of
advanced Web accessibility technologies for showcasing their
technologies to technical leaders in this area not only from academia
and industry but also from end-users. Find more details at

Google Student Awards
The third "Student Awards Programme", sponsored since 2010 by Google,
is organised to give an opportunity to high quality students with
limited funding to attend the W4A Conference. Thanks to generous
sponsorship from Google, two awards, each of up to US$1200, are
available to support students to attend W4A 2012. We now invite
applications from interested students. Find more details at

We will accept position and technical papers, and short
communications. Position papers should only be submitted as a
communication of (up to 4-pages) whereas technical papers should be in
full paper format (up to 10-pages). The official language of the Conference is
English. Submission details are available at <http://www.w4a.info/2012/submissions>

Important Dates
All Submissions Close (Midnight Hawaii Standard Time)

Author Rebuttal Period Ends (Midnight Hawaii Standard Time)

All Decisions

All Final Versions

More details: <http://www.w4a.info/2012/submissions/important-dates>

General Chairs ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )
Julio Abascal, University of the Basque Country (Spain)
Markel Vigo, University of Manchester (UK)

Programme Chairs ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )
Rui Lopes, University of Lisbon (Portugal)
Paola Salomoni, University of Bologna (Italy)

Microsoft Challenge Chairs ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )
Jeffrey Bigham, University of Rochester (USA)
Eugene Borodin, SUNY (USA)

Google Student Award ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )
Anna Cavender, Google (USA)
Shari Trewin, IBM Research (USA)

Special Issue ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )
Chieko Asakawa, IBM Research (Japan)
Hironobu Takagi, IBM Research (Japan)

Tiago Guerreiro, Technical University of Lisbon (Portugal)
Shaun K Kane, UMBC (USA)
Sergio Sayago, University of Dundee (UK)
Peter Thiessen, eBuddy (Netherlands)

Programme Committee
Shadi Abou-Zahra (W3C)
Margherita Antona (ICS-FORTH)
Myriam Arrue (University of the Basque Country)
Melanie Baljko (York University, Canada)
Armando Barreto (Florida International University)
Giorgio Brajnik (Università di Udine)
Andy Brown (University of Manchester)
Luís Carriço (University of Lisbon)
Olga De Troyer (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)
David Duce (Oxford Brookes University)
Inmaculada Fajardo (University of Valencia)
Renata Fortes (University of Sao Paulo)
Greg Gay (University of Toronto)
Becky Gibson (IBM Emerging Internet Technologies)
Simon Harper (University of Manchester)
Sarah Horton (Author and Consultant)
Matt Huenerfauth (City University of New York)
Caroline Jay (University of Manchester)
Brian Kelly (University of Bath)
Arun Kumar (IBM India)
Katherine McCoy (University of Delaware)
Eleni Michailidou (The Cyprus University of Technology)
Klaus Miesenberger (University of Linz)
Silvia Mirri (University of Bologna)
David Novick (The University of Texas at El Paso)
Zeljko Obrenovic (Technical University Eindhoven)
Mike Paciello (The Paciello Group)
Enrico Pontelli (New Mexico State University)
IV Ramakrishnan (Stony Brook University)
Gustavo Rossi (Universidad Nacional de La Plata)
Cynthia Shelly (Microsoft Corporation)
David Sloan (University of Dundee)
Hironobu Takagi (IBM Research)
Shari Trewin (IBM T.J. Watson Research Center)
Douglas Tudhope (University of Glamorgan)
Konstantinos Votis (Centre for Research and Technology Hellas)
Takayuki Watanabe (Tokyo Woman’s Christian University)
Yeliz Yesilada (METU NCC/University of Manchester)

Accepted papers and communications will appear in the conference proceedings
contained on the Conference USB key, and will also be accessible to the general
public via the ACM Digital Library website. Selected authors will be invited
to submit extended versions of their paper for publication the International
Journal of Universal Access in the Information Society (UAIS)
<http://www.springer.com/computer/hci/journal/10209>. In 2011,
UAIS journal was accepted by ISI. The journal will be indexed from 2009 and
it will receive an Impact Factor for 2011. The Impact Factor for this year will be
released in June 2012.

W4A stats
As of December 2011 average downloads per article at the ACM Digital Library is 424 and average
citations per article is 2.89. To see the stats check the ACM Digital Library site for the W4A
conference at <http://portal.acm.org/event.cfm?id=RE143>

W4A on the Web
Main site: <http://www.w4a.info>
RSS/ATOM News Feed: <http://www.w4a.info/updates.xml>
Blog: <http://www.w4a.info/2012/blog>

This years W4A is endorsed by the IW3C2 in cooperation with the ACM and its
Special Interest Groups SIGACCESS, SIGWEB and SIGCHI. The Web Accessibility
Challenge is sponsored by Microsoft, and the Student Awards are sponsored by a Google.

While 'The Web of Data' is this years theme, please don't be deterred if this somewhat unique
area is not yours. We would like to see all quality work on Web Accessibility regardless of the
particular field within accessibility. The overriding reason for a paper being accepted is its
high quality in relation to the broad area of Web Accessibility.


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