ESAIR'14: Seventh International Workshop on

Exploiting Semantic Annotations in Information Retrieval

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Call for Papers

Please submit your Research/Position Paper (2+1 pages) to be presented as boaster and poster at the workshop!

Exploiting Semantic Annotations

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 increasing 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.

The main remaining challenge is on the user's side, and a more dynamic approach is emerging by exploiting new forms of query autosuggest. The potential of rich document annotations can only be realized if matched by more articulate queries exploiting these powerful retrieval cues. How can the query suggestion paradigm be used to encourage searcher to articulate longer queries, with concepts and relations linking their statement of request to existing semantic models? How do entity results and social network data in "graph search" change the classic division between searchers and information and lead to extreme personalization -- are you the query? How to leverage transaction logs and recommendation, and how adaptive should we make the system? What are the privacy ramifications and the UX aspects -- how to avoid creeping out users?

Many Open Questions

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 a range of open questions:

These and other related questions will be discussed at this open format workshop -- the aim is to provide paths for further research to change the way we understand information access today!

We Need Your Help!

Help us shape the future of information access by increasing the depth of analysis of today's systems:

What's a 2+1 page paper?

We like short and focused contributions highlighting your main point, claim, observation, finding, experiment, project, etc, (roughly 2 pages of mainly text) but we also like clear tables, graphs, and full citations (that's the "+1" page). So your submission can up three pages, as long as max. 2 of them are narrative text.


July 30, 2014Deadline for Paper Submissions
August 15, 2014Extended Deadline for Paper Submissions
 Prepare your 2+1 page PDF using the ACM format
Submit online using EasyChair
August 30, 2014Notification of Acceptance
 Details of accepted papers published online
September 10, 2014Deadline for Camera Ready Copies
November 7, 2014Workshop day during CIKM 2014!


This workshop will be held as part of the 23rd ACM International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management, Shanghai, 2014. Information on Shanghai can be found in the Wikipedia.