CFP for a workshop on search results
This may be slightly off-topic for the list, as it's not XML specific, but I figured there are enough people here interested in both improving online searching and hypertext to justify passing this along. Apologies to those who've already got it in their mail queue: ======================= Information Doors -- Where Information Search and Hypertext Link May 30th 2000 San Antonio, Texas, USA http://www.ics.mq.edu.au/~einat/info_doors/ A workshop held in conjunction with the ACM Hypertext conference (www.ht00.org/) ======================= Introduction The purpose of this workshop is to tackle the problem of creating new hypertexts on-the-fly for representing other hypertext documents in the context of search results. Online search results are, no doubt, a form of hypertext created on-the-fly. Search results pages are also probably the most frequently seen hypertext form of writing nowadays. However, the research community tends to identify the presentation search results with Information Retrieval research. This workshop will consider search results as a form of hypertext, encouraging discussion about the nature of this dynamically created textual point-of-departure. The task of reading from a screen is not a trivial one, nor is the task of navigating between online texts. Even less trivial is creating a new text to represent other texts that are interconnected. In the case of hypertext representation of search results these tasks are combined to create a new on-screen text that describes and links other texts or entities. The purpose of this workshop is to tackle the problem of creating new hypertexts on-the-fly for representing other hypertext documents in the context of search results. The workshop will focus on the textual aspects of the problem: - How texts are read online? - How previously unseen documents might be presented in text to people who search for information? - How people navigate through textual search results? - What are the informative role and value of the newly created intermediate page? - Does it influence the reading of the documents followed by users? - Does it change the focus and the meaning of the texts as they are perceived by readers? - Are there any emerging textual or language conventions of presentation within hypertext systems and among hypertext authors that can be used in order to facilitate navigation through search results (e.g. naming of links conventions on the web, similarities in annotation patterns in annotation systems, use of titles and paragraph arrangements and positioning, use of lists and preferred methods of list ordering, and authors' frequent vocabulary choices). The workshop aims to bring together participants from many disciplines such as Human-Computer-Interaction (HCI), Information Retrieval (IR), Natural Language Processing (NLP), Digital Library (DL), applied psychology and psycho-linguistics, to discuss the nature of one of the most frequently seen hypertext presentation in recent years -- online search results. It will address the problem of textual presentation and hypertext representations of search results by looking at evaluations and studies of hypertext representations, studies about interaction with texts, how text representations should be designed in terms of language coherence and on-screen/online reading limitations, how to improve navigation with a smarter choice of textual representation, etc. The term 'textual representation' relates to how a document or a group-of-documents is represented in text (short or long texts, coherently summarised or organised by fixed fields like author, title, last updated, citations, generating descriptions, extracting passages, and so on). We will aim for gathering our knowledge to enhance and integrate our experience about hypertext in order to improve the options users are presented with while searching for information. The goal of the workshop is to create an interdisciplinary community that is able to address issues concerning search results presentation in the context of an online hypertext system. The workshop will specifically focus on the textual representation of results. It will not look at graphical representations of search results unless these shed new light on a textual issue, such as a comparison between textual and graphical representations of documents. The following list of suggested topics is only a short one and authors are encouraged to add more related issues and directions of investigations that are missing from it. Topics Issues of presentation - Choosing what information to show about found entities (summaries, titles, links, annotations, additional related information, etc.) - Grouping of results - Labelling Groups of documents - Creating hierarchies of results - Comparisons between textual & graphical representations of results Issues of results refinement - Similarities detected between results (represented in text) - Query refinement (textual options) Issues of evaluation - How results are read - Does presentation change users navigation experience - Different users - different presentations? - Large scale studies - Task-specific studies Issues of speed and efficiency Commercial applications Important Dates Submission of papers - 5 April 2000 Notification of acceptance - 30 April 2000 Workshop - 30 May 2000 Submission Papers are due on the 5th of April 2000. All papers should be submitted electronically via email (sent to einat@i...). PDF submissions are preferred (if this is not possible then try to send it as a .txt, .ps or MSWord file). Papers should be no longer than 6 pages. Workshop Organiser: Einat Amitay (Macquarie University & CSIRO) einat@i... Committee: Chaomei Chen (IS & Computing, Brunel University) Mary Czerwinski (Microsoft) Andrew Dillon (SLIS, Indiana University) Sue Dumais (Microsoft) Raya Fidel (SLIS, University of Washington) Gene Golovchinsky (FXPAL) Stephen Green (Sun Microsystems) Christina Haas (English, Kent State University) Johndan Johnson-Eilola (English, Purdue University) Chris Manning (CS & Linguistics, Stanford University) Vibhu Mittal (Just Research) Jerome McDonough -- jmcdonou@l... | (......) Library Systems Office, 386 Doe, U.C. Berkeley | \ * * / Berkeley, CA 94720-6000 (510) 642-5168 | \ <> / "Well, it looks easy enough...." | \ -- / SGNORMPF!!! -- From the Famous Last Words file | |||| xml-dev: A list for W3C XML Developers. To post, mailto:xml-dev@i... 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