Social Search Social

If you are interested in topics around social search and collaborative search, make plans to visit Redmond, Washington in February. Nestled neatly between the WSDM 2012 (February 8-12) and the CSCW 2012 (February 11-15) conferences, you will find the Social Search Social (February 11, 5-8pm).

We are organizing this to create an opportunity for people to get together over drinks and snacks (thanks MSR!) to discuss topics related to collaboration in information retrieval in a friendly atmosphere, to help people learn about the research, to form new connections, and, yes, to be social!

For more info, follow @MerrieM or @HCIR_GeneG on Twitter, or look for the #sss2012 hashtag.

Hope to see you there!

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Workshop was a success!!

About 20 people participated in the workshop, which included great presentations (including one in absentia by Rob Capra), stimulating plenary discussion, and several breakout groups in the afternoon. Watch this space for a more detailed workshop summary coming soon.

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Workshop dates, explained

We have had to adjust the due date for the final versions of the papers to conform to the schedule set by the publishers of the conference proceedings. The due date is now August 12. Whereas in many other conferences, workshop proceedings are not archival, CIKM’s policy is to include workshop papers in the electronic proceedings, both on the media distributed at the conference, and in the ACM Digital Library.

We apologize for the confusion. The bad news is that authors have to scramble to get the final versions in; the good news is that the work will be more findable by virtue of inclusion in the Digital Library.

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Accepted papers

We’ve accepted a number of papers for presentation at the conference. The list of papers is available here. They cover a range of topics from studies of existing practices to novel algorithms, with settings that include clinical, intelligence, and academic information seeking. We look forward to a great workshop!

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Submission deadline extended!

We are extending the submission deadline to encourage additional submissions to the workshop, and to give those who submitted a chance to revise & expand their work if they need to. The new submission deadline is Friday, July 15. Looking forward to more good stuff!

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Submission site is up!

We’ve created an EasyChair page to handle the workshop submissions. The site should handle paper, poster, and demo submissions. Fire away!

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Welcome to the workshop!

This is the third workshop we are organizing on the topic of collaborative information retrieval. The first workshop, held in conjunction with JCDL 2008, focused on broad topics and sought to establish a vocabulary for discussion about collaborative information seeking, to identify work practices and disciplines that might benefit from collaborative information seeking, and to establish a community of researchers with related interests. The second workshop, held in conjunction with CSCW 2010, built on the previous results, and focused on issues of communication and awareness in support of collaborative information seeking.

Our goal in this third workshop is to focus on algorithmic and other software issues related to information seeking in a collaborative setting. We would like to explore a variety of algorithms for mediating collaboration, and also to examine how different user interface elements can be used to support associated activity. Algorithmic aspects will include the coordination of input from multiple people, fusion and distribution of search results, and modifications to ranking algorithms based on group-specific information. Interface aspects will include support for awareness of individual and of group activity, role-specific interfaces, support for communication among collaborators, and support for transparency of search algorithms to foster a better understanding of the search space. It is also important to consider the effect that the starting context (e.g., IM chat, discussions in a social network, transitions from single-user to collaborative search, etc.) has on the algorithms and on the UI.

For more information, please see the Call For Papers, which also includes a Demo session during which participants are encouraged to demonstrate interactive collaborative information seeking systems.

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