ESAIR'12: Fifth International Workshop on

Exploiting Semantic Annotations in Information Retrieval

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There is an increasing amount of structure on the Web as a result of modern Web languages, micro-formats and linked data, user tagging and annotation, and emerging robust NLP tools. These meaningful, semantic, annotations hold the promise to significantly enhance information access, by enhancing the depth of analysis of today's systems. Currently, we have only started exploring the possibilities and only begin to understand how these valuable semantic cues can be put to fruitful use. To complicate matters, standard text search excels at shallow information needs expressed by short keyword queries, and here semantic annotation contributes very little, if anything.

Rich Context and (Un)certainty

The ESAIR'12 workshop will have more focus than the earlier ESAIRs. While the goal remains to advance the general research agenda on this core problem, there is an explicit focus on two of the most challenging aspects to address in the coming years.

We Need Help!

The Workshop will bring together researchers working with semantic annotations, its use cases, its sources (authoring to NLP tools), its users, and its use in DB, IR, KM, or Web research, and work together on one of the greatest challenges in the years to come. We envision a lively and interactive workshop, with the explicit aim to push the boundaries and think outside the box.

ESAIR history

Previous ESAIR editions are found at:


July 27, 2012Deadline for Paper Submissions
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August 12, 2012Notification of Acceptance
 Details of accepted papers published online
August 26, 2012Deadline for Camera Ready Copies
November 2, 2012Workshop day during CIKM 2012!


This workshop will be held as part of the 21st ACM International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management, Maui, 2012. Information on Maui can be found in the Wikipedia.