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Call for Participation

Beyond the Click: Interaction Design and the Semantic Web

First International Workshop on Interaction Design and the Semantic Web
held in conjunction with the World Wide Web Conference, 2004, NY NY
Workshop Date: May 18, 2004
Submission Deadline: April 7, 2004

News, April 1, 04:

Document Submission template now available as an rtf file. You may want to use the right click or alt/click option in yout browser to save this link as a file. Be sure to use a word processor that displays the file in two columns.

Please email submissions to idsw@ecs.soton.ac.uk

Submission and Contact address for the workshop
Please email your paper submissions to this address. Thank you.

Special Guests:
HCI Guru Ben Shneiderman and Semantic Web Ontologist James Hendler


  • Through a discussion between interaction design and Semantic Web researchers, to explore the specific research issues for interaction design in the Semantic Web space.
  • To build bridges for collaboration between interaction design and Semantic Web researchers.


On the Web, we either type in keywords for searching, and then click through the list of links that result, or we click through a variety of links in a given page in order to navigate to other, discrete pages linked to that page.

The Semantic Web has been defined as " an extension of the current web in which information is given well-defined meaning, better enabling computers and people to work in cooperation." As such, this next generation Web offers the possibility to expand the kinds of interactions possible with Web-delivered information. Rather than being constrained to search for pre-existing resources, and to click through the resulting list, we can interact with information, to construct new information and build knowledge. With the Semantic Web, it becomes possible to represent knowledge domains and interact with them. How shall we interact with them?

Semantic Web researchers have been working on the enabling models and technologies for the Semantic Web. Semantic Web applications are still relatively new ideas (the first Semantic Web Challenge - to assess the best extant Semantic Web application just happened in Sept. 2003). The current model for most semantic web applications, however, is the clickable list of the Web.

The click is not yet cast in Semantic Web stone. Now is the opportunity to look at how it may be possible to leverage semantically structured information to bring interaction design principles like focus plus context to this evolution of the Web. Examples like Flamenco, Topia and CS AKTive Space are early efforts at blending specific exploration goals together with well-associated, contextual information.

Likewise, for automating the deployment of rich UIs, we may be able to derive formalisms like polyarchy visualizations or mSpaces from the structured affordances of the Semantic Web that can be designed into APIs. The Web's technology is evolving with Semantic Web; the interaction must evolve, too.

This workshop is an opportunity for Interaction Design and Semantic Web researchers to meet and explore what is interesting and what is possible, to exchange problem cases from knowledge building tools for non-specialists to application affordances for generic browsers to formal interaction models for representing semantically associated information.

The goal of the workshop is to share ideas, experiences and to chart new territory, and especially to create opportunities for collaboration among research communities. In particular, we want

  1. to begin to define what are the particular attributes of the Semantic Web that we can specify new research challenges for Interaction Designers.
  2. to create an ongoing bridge between research communities.

Submissions (Deadline, April 7)

To facilitate participation, discussion and bridge building, there are 4 types of submissions:

  • Position papers (4-8 pages)
    Position papers will be a place to explore possible design methods or to describe issues within the Semantic Web space that would benefit from the availability of appropriate UI models.
  • Technical Briefings (4 pages)
    Research that has created specific tools or working API's for interaction with semantic web; blueprints or models for API's; languages (such as Haystack) for expressing interaction in the Semantic Web.
  • Posters and Demonstrations (2 pages)
    Example applications that either demonstrate an interaction design specifically modelled for a Semantic Web application, or are in search of interaction design to better support the application (examples of visually effective posters)
  • Case studies (6-8 pages)
    Can include work in progress. To look at the case studies where semantic web researchers and interaction designers have already been working together. The focus of these papers should be on the issues surrounding connecting the interaction design to the semantic web system.

Submission format will be ACM style, templates now available. Submissions are to be emailed to the workshop address: idsw@ecs.soton.ac.uk Authors of accepted submissions will be asked to prepare final versions of papers in both pdf and xhtml formats.

Selected papers will be published in a Special Issue of the Journal of Digital Information (JoDI) after the conference for publication August 04.
More information about workshop registration will soon be available at the WWW 2004 conference web site

Target Audience:

The Interested

  • If you are a Semantic Web researcher, interested in exploring collaboration with interaction/user interface researchers, please come and bring your interaction problems, questions, ideas.
  • If you're a Interaction/UI/HCI/CSCW researcher, interseted in learning about this new domain, this is a great place to meet the people in the neighborhood.
  • if you're a software engineer or hypertext researcher, interested in new systems, your contributions to the discussions are most welcome.

The Experienced

  • interaction design interested in network-based information systems who are working in the Semantic Web space
  • Semantic Web researchers investigating applications for real users.

Workshop Organizers and Program Committee

m.c. schraefel, IAM Group, U of Southampton, and
Lynda Hardman, CWI, co-chairs
Carole Goble, U of Manchester
Jennifer Golbeck, U of Maryland
Dennis Quan, IBM

Jim Hendler and Ben Shneiderman,
executive producers