GSB'15: First International Workshop on Graph Search and Beyond

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Please submit your Research/Position Paper (3+1 pages) to be presented as boaster and poster at the workshop!

Graph Search and Beyond

Information on the Web is increasingly structured in terms of entities and relations from large knowledge resources, geo-temporal references and social network structure, resulting in a massive multidimensional graph. This graph essentially unifies both the searcher and the information resources that played a fundamentally different role in traditional IR, and offers major new ways to access relevant information. In services that rely on personalized information like social networks, the graph plays an even more important role, in other words: you are the query.

Graph search affects both query formulation as well as result exploration and discovery. On the one hand, it allows for incrementally expressing complex information needs that triangulate information about multiple entities or entity types, relations between those entities, with various filters on geo-temporal constraints or the sources of information used (or ignored), and taking into account the rich profile and context information of the searcher (and his/her peers, and peers of peers, etc). On the other hand, it allows for more powerful ways to explore the results from various aspects and viewpoints, by slicing and dicing the information using the graph structure, and using the same structure for explaining why results are retrieved or recommended, and by whom.

Many Open Questions

We view the notion of ``graph search'' as searching information from your personal point of view (you are the query) over a highly structured and curated information space. This goes beyond the traditional two-term queries and ten blue links results that users are familiar with, requiring a highly interactive session covering both query formulation and result exploration, and raises many 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 3+1 page paper?

We like short and focused contributions highlighting your main point, claim, observation, finding, experiment, project, etc, (roughly 3 pages of mainly text) but we also like clear tables, graphs, and full citations (that's the "+1" page). So your submission can up four pages, as long as max. 3 of them are narrative text.


June 8, 2015Deadline for Paper Submissions (extended)
 Prepare your 3+1 page PDF using the ACM format
Submit online using EasyChair
June 15, 2015Notification of Acceptance
 Details of accepted papers published online
June 22, 2015Deadline for Camera Ready Copies
August 13, 2015Workshop day during SIGIR 2015!


This workshop will be held as part of the 38th Annual ACM SIGIR Conference, Santiago, 2015. Information on Santiago de Chile can be found in the Wikipedia.