IWI2006 - Workshop on Innovations in Web Infrastructure

2nd Workshop on Innovations in Web Infrastructure
Co-located with the 15th International World-Wide Web Conference, May 2006, Edinburgh

Theme - - Topics - Invited Talk - Important Dates - Submission Instructions - Publication - Location - Committee - IWI2005
Papers (new!) - Programme

Call for Papers

Theme of the Workshop

The World-Wide Web provides us with a distributed hyperlinked document repository, but underlying the infrastructure of the web is a communications infrastructure, which is responsible for implementing much of the structure and functionality of the document repository. For example, in the current web, when a user chooses to navigate from a web page, using a hyperlink, to another page, they set in motion in a request/response transaction between their web browser and a web server, acting in a client/server relationship, which implements that navigation. Recently, there has been increasing interest in innovative network topologies and communication paradigms, such as peer-to-peer networks, content-based networking, and publish/subscribe which produce decentralization of control, decoupling of producers and consumers of information and asynchronous as well as synchronous information delivery. Yet there is little focus on how this research can benefit the web.

At the same time, from the perspective of the web, there has been tremendous interest in extending the infrastructure of the web, for example, context-aware browsing, semantic-based knowledge retrieval, and through the study of web topology and its influence on web search, virtual communities, collaborations and distributed information delivery. Yet there has been equally little focus on how advances in communications and networking can contribute to this research. Many open research problems exist in this area, such as semantic interoperability and the scalability of ontology-based reasoning within distributed knowledge environments, which require contributions from the communications and networking community in order to advance robust solutions.

Following on from the 1st Workshop on Innovative Web Infrastructures at WWW2005, the 2nd IWI workshop continue to provide a forum within which web infrastructure topics can be discussed in relation to communications and networking, and similarly, advances in networking can be discussed in relation to their impact on the infrastructure of the web. 

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Aims of the Workshop

The aim of the workshop is to allow researchers from diverse fields to discover common ground in their research areas and research problems. As a result, we expect new contacts and new directions of research will be opened up to the participants, as well as new opportunities for collaboration. We will also encourage submissions relating to PhD work to provide PhD students to present the results of their work to a friendly, encouraging and constructive audience.

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Workshop topics

Papers are sought that seek to examine and investigate the relationship between distributed hyperlinked documents and the underlying communications infrastructure. In particular, we are looking for papers that describe new and innovative combinations of web-based and communications-based research to expand the capabilities and usability of the web. A possible list of workshop topics would therefore include (but not be limited to):

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Invited Talk

An invited talk will be given by Prof. Mark Levene of Birkbeck College, University of London, on the subject of web personalization.

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Important Dates

Submission deadline.............. 15th February 2006
Notifications to Authors.......... 10th March 2006
Final versions of accepted papers due....... 20th March 2006

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Submission Instructions

As well as papers describing completed research, we welcome position papers describing proposed research, so long as they are well-argued, fully-justified and contain some preliminary results. We also seek demonstration papers outlining practical work in this field.

Submissions must conform to the ACM formatting guidelines for WWW2006 (go to the
WWW submissions page and follow the instructions under the heading "Article Formatting Information") and must not exceed 8 pages (for research papers) and 4 pages (for demo papers), including all text, references, appendices, and figures. Submissions must be in Portable Document Format (PDF).

To submit your paper, please email a PDF copy of your paper to courtes@wmin.ac.uk. For papers with multiple authors, the sender of the email should be the contact person.

For accepted papers, at least one author is expected to participate in the workshop. Registration for the workshop will be via the
WWW2006 website. The organizers reserve the right to withdraw from the proceedings a paper whose authors do not attend the workshop. If you have any questions, please contact one of the chairs (see below for contact details). Please note that the presenter(s) of a paper MUST register for the workshop before the early registration deadline.

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Prior to the workshop, we will make accepted papers available on the workshop website, and an informal printed proceedings will be printed for use during the workshop. The workshop proceedings will also be available on the WWW Workshops CD. We are currently in negotiations with a major journal to publish selected papers in a special journal issue - details will be finalized following author notification in February.

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The workshop will be held in Edinburgh, Scotland as a co-located workshop of the 15th World Wide Web Conference WWW 2006 (http://www2006.org/). As at the time of writing, workshops at WWW2006 will held on either the 22nd or 23rd of May. More precise details about the timing of the workshop will be available later.

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Organizing Committee

Simon Courtenage University of Westminster, UK
David Lewis Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Thanassis Tiropanis AIT, Greece

Program Committee

George Ghinea, Brunel University, UK
Maurice Mulvenna, Ulster University, UK
Surya Nepal, CSIRO, Australia
Lars Schmidt-Theme, University of Freiburg, Germany
Steffen Staab, University of Koblenz, Germany
Laura Thomson, RMIT, Australia
Phil Trwoga, University of Westminster, UK
Eiko Yoneki, University of Cambridge, UK

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Previous Workshop

1st Workshop on Innovations in Web Infrastructure, May 2005

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