13.0450 search results workshop 2nd cfp

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                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 13, No. 450.
           Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

             Date: Tue, 29 Feb 2000 06:47:13 +0000
             From: Einat Amitay <einat@ics.mq.edu.au>
             Subject: search results workshop - 2nd CFP

    2nd CFP -- Please accept our apology for multiple postings.

    Information Doors -- Where Information Search and Hypertext Link

    May 30th 2000
    San Antonio, Texas, USA


    A workshop held in conjunction with the
    ACM Hypertext conference (www.ht00.org/)

    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.


    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

    Papers are due on the 5th of April 2000. All papers should be submitted
    electronically via email (sent to einat@ics.mq.edu.au). 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)

        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)

    Einat Amitay

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