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[InetBib] Call for Papers: International Workshop on Knowledge Maps and Information Retrieval (KMIR) at DL 2014

Knowledge Maps and Information Retrieval (KMIR)
Workshop at Digital Libraries 2014

11th September 2014, London, UK

Submission deadline: Friday 4th July, 2014 (submission instructions see below 
or workshop website)

Workshop page:  http://www.gesis.org/en/events/conferences/kmir2014/
Conference page: http://www.dl2014.org<http://www.dl2014.org/>

We are pleased to announce the opening of calls for paper for the upcoming 
halfday workshop on Knowledge Maps and Information Retrieval (KMIR), to be held 
as part of the International Conference on Digital Libraries 2014 - ACM/IEEE 
Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL 2014) and International Conference 
on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries (TPDL 2014), London, 8th-12th 
September 2014 (http://www.dl2014.org<http://www.dl2014.org/>/).

Abstract: Knowledge maps are promising tools for visualizing the structure of 
large-scale information spaces, but still far away from being applicable for 
searching. The workshop aims at bringing together experts in IR and knowledge 
mapping in order to discuss the potential of interactive knowledge maps for 
information seeking purposes.

Motivation, Goals, Objectives, Outcome

The success of an information system depends mainly on its ability to properly 
support interaction between users and information. Current information systems, 
however, show as a particular point of failure the vagueness between user 
search terms and the knowledge orders of the information space in question 
(Mayr et al. 2008, Mutschke et al. 2011). Studies in interactive information 
seeking behavior have confirmed that the ability to browse an information space 
and observe similarities and dissimilarities between information objects is 
crucial for accidental encountering and the creative use of information 
(Nicholas et al. 2004, Westerman et al. 2005). This is in particular true for 
heterogeneous information spaces within the open web. Some kind of guided 
searching therefore becomes more and more important in order to precisely 
discover information without knowing the right search terms. Yet, this seems to 
remain the weakest point of interactive information systems (Ford 2000, Foster 
2004, Tang 2007).

Knowledge mapping encompasses all attempts to use visualizations to gain 
insights into the structure and evolution of large-scale information spaces. 
Knowledge maps can take the form of network visualizations, treemaps or 
specific, map like arrangements of search results (cf. Börner et al. 2003, 
Shiffrin/Börner 2004, Börner 2010, Klavans/Boyack 2010, Skupin et al. 2013, 
Sahal et al. 2013,

Boyack/Klavans 2013). As an activity performed in very different disciplines - 
and often independent from each other - it stands in line with the dominance of 
the visual in our culture (Manovich 2009). Knowledge maps of digital library 
collections are promising navigation tools through knowledge spaces but - to 
the best of our knowledge - still far away from being applicable for searching 
digital libraries. Most maps are made for special purposes, are static, and 
usually not interactive (Akdag Salah et al. 2012). In interactive information 
systems the use of visual elements to enhance information seeking and discovery 
is a recurring research issue. However, not much of the experiences made in 
knowledge mapping have ever been implemented in online interfaces to digital 
libraries and collections (Börner/Chen 2001), nor is there a stable and 
continuous knowledge exchange between the "map makers" on the one hand and the 
Information Retrieval (IR) specialists on the other hand. Thus, there is also a 
lack of models that properly combine insights of the two strands, which are 
driven by quite different epistemic perspectives.

Our workshop aims at bringing together these two communities: experts in IR 
reflecting on visual enhanced search interfaces and experts in knowledge 
mapping reflecting on visualizations of the content of a collection that might 
also present - visually - a context for a search term. The intention of the 
workshop is to raise awareness of the potential of interactive knowledge maps 
for information seeking purposes and to create a common ground for experiments 
aiming at the incorporation of knowledge maps into IR models at the level of 
the user interface. The major focus of the workshop is on the question of how 
knowledge maps can be utilized for scholarly information seeking in large 
information spaces. Our interests include interactive IR, information seeking 
behavior, knowledge mapping, science modelling, information visualization, and 
digital libraries. The workshop is closely related to the COST action 
KNOWeSCAPE (Analyzing the dynamics of information and knowledge landscapes: 
http://knowescape.org/<http://www.gesis.org/http:/>) which aims at implementing 
new navigation and search strategies based on insights of the complex nature of 
knowledge spaces as well as visualization principles for knowledge maps.

The long-term research goal is to develop and evaluate new approaches for 
combining knowledge mapping and IR. More specifically, we address questions 
such as:

  *   What are appropriate interactive knowledge maps for IR systems
  *   How can knowledge maps be utilized for information seeking purposes?
  *   How to locate an information need on a knowledge map?
  *   How can (visually enhanced) search interfaces to knowledge maps look like?
  *   How can interaction with knowledge maps be transformed into IR tasks?
  *   Can knowledge maps improve searching in large, in particular 
heterogeneous, cross-language, cross-domain information spaces?
  *   And the other way around: Can insights from IR also improve knowledge 
mapping itself?

The availability of new IR test collections that contain citation and 
bibliographic information like the iSearch collection (see Lykke et al. 2010) 
or the ACL collection (Ritchie et al. 2006) could deliver an interesting 
playground for developing or evaluating combined models of IR and knowledge 
mapping for scholarly searching.

Topical Outline

To support the previously described goals the workshop topics include (but are 
not limited to) the following:

  *   Knowledge maps for digital libraries
  *   Knowledge orders of information spaces
  *   Information seeking behaviour
  *   Information discovery
  *   Interactive IR systems
  *   Human-computer IR
  *   Knowledge Visualization in IR
  *   Visual interfaces to information systems
  *   Browsing and navigating information spaces
  *   Task based user modelling, interaction and personalization
  *   Evaluation of interactive IR systems.

Types of Submissions

  *   Full Papers (6 to 8 pages): Full papers, describing advanced or completed 
  *   Short Papers (4 pages): Position papers or work in progress
  *   Poster and Demonstrations (2 pages): Poster and Presentation of systems 
or prototypes

All submissions must be written in English following the Springer LNCS Author 
Guidelines (http://www.springer.com/lncs) and should be submitted as PDF files 
to EasyChair: https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=kmir2014.

All submissions will be reviewed by at least two independent reviewers. At 
least one author per paper needs to register for the workshop and attend the 
workshop to present the work. In case of no-show the paper (even if accepted) 
will be deleted from the proceedings AND from the program.

Important Dates

  *   Submissions: Friday 4th July, 2014
  *   Notification: Friday 25th July, 2014
  *   End of Registration: Monday 11th August, 2014
  *   Camera Ready Contributions: Friday 15th August, 2014
  *   Workshop: Friday 12th September, 2014, London (UK)


Printed proceedings will be distributed to all attendees. In addition, workshop 
proceedings will be deposited online in the CEUR workshop proceedings 
publication service (ISSN 1613-0073) - This way the proceedings will be 
permanently available and citable (digital persistent identifiers and long term 
preservation). All workshop papers will be published in the DL Workshop 

Program Committee

  *   Alkim Almila Akdag Salah, University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
  *   Nicholas J. Belkin, Rutgers University (USA)
  *   Edward A. Fox, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (USA)
  *   Norbert Fuhr, University of Duisburg-Essen (Germany)
  *   Peter Ingwersen, Royal School of Library and Information Science (Denmark)
  *   Claus-Peter Klas, University of Hagen (Germany)
  *   Birger Larsen, Royal School of Library and Information Science (Denmark)
  *   Vivien Petras, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (Germany)
  *   André Skupin, San Diego State University (USA)
  *   Catherine L. Smith, Kent State University (USA)
  *   Howard D. White, Drexel University (USA)


  *   Peter Mutschke (GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences, 
Cologne, Germany)
  *   Andrea Scharnhorst (Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) 
/ Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS), Amsterdam / The Hague, The 
  *   Christophe Guéret (Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) 
/ Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS), Amsterdam / The Hague, The 
  *   Philipp Mayr (GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences, Cologne, 
  *   Preben Hansen (University of Stockholm, Department of Computer and 
Systems Sciences, Sweden)
  *   Aida Slavic (UDC Consortium, The Hague, The Netherlands)

Kind regards,
Peter Mutschke
Acting Head of Department
Dep. Knowledge Technologies for the Social Sciences (WTS)
GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences
Unter Sachsenhausen 6-8
D-50667 Köln
Tel.: +49(0)221 / 47694 -500
Fax: +49(0)221 / 47694 -8500
Mail: peter.mutschke@xxxxxxxxx<mailto:peter.mutschke@xxxxxxxxx>


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