Ian Ruthven | 9 Jan 10:57 2006
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Calll for papers - First International Symposium on Information Interaction in Context (IIiX)

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Call for Papers

First International Symposium on Information Interaction in Context
(IIiX)
18-20 October, 2006, Copenhagen, Denmark
http://www.db.dk/IIiX/

Submission deadline for all contributions May 1, 2006

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Information is increasingly available across media and genres, across 
languages, and across modalities. How people access this information is 
highly dependent on the context of their interaction and this context is 
influenced by a range of factors such as the time, place, and history of 
interaction, the tasks motivating the interaction and the technical 
possibilities of the information systems. Although the use of 
information systems are heavily affected by contextual factors, 
Information Retrieval and Seeking research is largely conducted out of 
context.

IIiX will explore the relationships between the contexts that affect 
Information Retrieval and Seeking, how these contexts impact on 
information behaviour, and how knowledge of information contexts can 
help design truly interactive information systems.

IIiX invites research contributions that approach information contexts 
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Mark Sanderson | 10 Jan 10:02 2006
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Workshop, Language Resources for Content-Based Image Retrieval

International Workshop OntoImage’2006 Language Resources for Content-Based Image Retrieval

in conjunction with LREC’2006

 
 
Deadline for Abstract Submissions: February 20th 2006
Submission per email to: Gregory.Grefenstette-KCE40YydGKI@public.gmane.org


BACKGROUND
The “semantic gap” between low-level image description (texture, shape, color) and what people perceive in images is recognized as a difficult and unsolved problem by all content-based image researchers. With the growing number of images being created and stored each day, progress must be made on automatic methods for indexing and retrieving images based on their content. The vocabulary that would be most effective for this indexing is poorly understood today.

A number of approaches for using text to retrieve image have been proposed (hand assignment of descriptions [e.g. FLICKR, GRAPHICOBSESSION]; extracting terms from captions and from text linked to images [GOOGLE]; associating word and image characteristics [Barnard et al., 2003; Dance et al., 2004]. Recently, ontologies have been suggested as the proper representation for image indexing [Town & Sinclair, 2004]. Much work remains to be done to understand the problem from a lexical point of view.

This half-day workshop will present up to 9 papers examining problems concerning the lexical characteristics of the language that can or should be used to describe image content. The goal of the workshop is to address the following questions:

* What vocabulary should be used to describe images?
* How can vocabulary items be automatically associated with images for indexing and retrieval?
* What visual characteristics of images can be discovered by text processing (color, size, location, shape, texture)?
* What elements in a lexicon correspond to visualisable objects?
* What language resources exist and what other ones are needed for content-based image retrieval?
* Can specific ontologies be created and automatically populated for content-based image retrieval?
* Can text processing identify what objects would appear against what background (e.g. bird against a sky)?

 

REFERENCES
K. Barnard, P. Duygulu, N. de Freitas, D. Forsyth, D. Blei, M. Jordan, "Matching words and pictures", Journal of Machine Learning Research, 3:1107:1135, 2003

C. Dance, J. Willamowski, L. Fan, C. Bray, G. Csurka “Visual categorization with bags of keypoints”, ECCV International Workshop on Statistical Learning in Computer Vision, Prague, 2004.

C. Town and D. Sinclair. Language-based querying of image collections on the basis of an extensible ontology. IVC, 22(3):251--267, March 2004


PAPERS
We expect extended abstracts describing research addressing one of the above questions of about 1000 words to be submitted as WORD, PDF or ASCII documents per email to the following address: Gregory.Grefenstette-je5Bwyxkp88@public.gmane.org The final papers should not have more than 4 pages.

 
DATES
Deadline for Abstracts
 February 20, 2006
 
Notification of acceptance
 March 10, 2006
 
Final Papers
 March 31, 2006
 
Workshop
 May 22, 2006 (afternoon)
 

 
LOCATION
Magazzini del Cotone Conference Center, Genoa, Italy.

Co-located with LREC’2006 http://www.lrec-conf.org/lrec2006

 
 
ORGANIZERS
Gregory Grefenstette
 Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique (CEA LIST)
 Fontenay-aux-Roses
 France
 
Mark Sanderson
 Department of Information Studies, University of Sheffield
 Sheffield
 UK
 
Françoise Preteux
 Institut National des Télécommunications (ARTEMIS)
 Evry
 France
 

QUESTIONS
Questions about the workshop can be addressed to: gregory.grefenstette-KCE40YydGKI@public.gmane.org

See also http://www.lrec-conf.org/lrec2006/rubrique.php3?id_rubrique=6
 




NAACL/HLT short paper deadline March 3, http://nlp.cs.nyu.edu/hlt-naacl06/
EPSRC CASE studentship available http://dis.shef.ac.uk/mark/case.htm

____________________________________________________________________
Mark Sanderson, Room 303               Tel: +44 (0) 114 22 22648
Department of Information Studies      Fax: +44 (0) 114 27 80300
University of Sheffield, Regent Court, mailto:m.sanderson-3Ch7lUbXYW61Qrn1Bg8BZw@public.gmane.org
Portobello St, Sheffield, S1 4DP, UK   http://dis.shef.ac.uk/mark/
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Good judgement is from experience, experience is from bad judgement
Ian Ruthven | 16 Jan 16:45 2006
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Journal of Information Retrieval Special Issue on Contextual Information Retrieval

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Call for papers:     	
Journal of Information Retrieval
Special Topic Issue on
Contextual Information Retrieval 	
http://www.cis.strath.ac.uk/~ir/jir/

Guest editors: Fabio Crestani and Ian Ruthven, University of 
Strathclyde, Glasgow.

Introduction
Context affects all areas of Information Retrieval. A searcher's context 
affects how they interact with a retrieval system and how they make 
decisions about the objects they retrieve. Context affects how 
searchable objects are created, selected and linked within an 
information resource and context influences how we evaluate retrieval 
systems. Importantly, it also affects how we design and construct 
retrieval systems.

The ability to respond to context could allow retrieval systems to learn 
and predict what information a searcher needs, decide how and when this 
information should be presented and distinguish between different search 
goals and searcher preferences. How the designers of search systems 
should respond to context is an important issue for the development of 
retrieval systems and the appropriate use of context raises many 
research questions. For example, what aspects of a searcher's context 
can we recognise, how should context be utilised within a retrieval 
system to improve search performance, how can we exploit shared contexts 
and contexts over time, and how should we evaluate contextual IR systems?

This special topic issue of the Journal of Information Retrieval will 
address the role of context in the theory and practice of IR systems 
development. We concentrate specifically on contextual IR systems as 
opposed to contextual IR in general as the information seeking side of 
context has been more heavily investigated. The area of contextual IR 
systems, on the other hand, is one where only recently are we starting 
to see real progress and where a dedicated issue can help form 
developments in a fast-moving area of IR.

The special topic issue welcomes high-quality manuscripts on the 
development and evaluation of contextual information retrieval. In line 
with the editorial policy of the Journal of Information Retrieval we 
expect that all submissions would contain an appropriate evaluation 
component. Submissions to the special issue should not be under 
consideration in any other journal or conference and will evaluated 
according to the Journal of Information Retrieval reviewing criteria and 
appropriateness to the Special Topic issue.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited, to:

     * theories and models of contextual IR
     * detection of contextual features
     * approaches to reasoning about context
     * algorithms for contextual IR
     * context in multi-media, multi-lingual or multi-modal applications
     * architectures for contextual information access
     * case studies of context in action
     * personalised vs collaborative context
     * context sensitive interaction
     * contextualised interfaces
     * evaluations of context-sensitive applications
     * context and dynamic retrieval

Submissions should use the Journal of Information Retrieval style 
templates available from the Journal's homepage and should be submitted 
through the JIR online submission page selecting the Contextual 
Information Retrieval special issue article type. All details regarding 
the special topic issue are available at 
http://www.cis.strath.ac.uk/~ir/jir/

Important dates
Submission of articles: Tue 31st January 2006
Notification to authors: Friday 31st March 2006
Final version of accepted papers: Wed 31st May 2006

All questions regarding submissions should be directed to the special 
topic issue Guest Editors: Fabio Crestani and Ian Ruthven (fabioc, ir at 
cis.strath.ac.uk)

Best wishes

Ian Ruthven
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Ian Ruthven
Department of Computer and Information Sciences
University of Strathclyde
Glasgow G1 1XH
Email: Ian.Ruthven@...
Tel: +44 141 548 3098
Fax: +44 141 548 4523
http://www.cis.strath.ac.uk/~ir
Information Interaction in Context (IIiX) - http://www.db.dk/IIiX/

Mathias Lux | 17 Jan 09:27 2006
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CfP I-KNOW '06 Special Track on Advanced Semantic Technologies 2006

                                    AST '06

                      6th of September 2006 Graz, Austria
        I-KNOW '06 Special Track on Advanced Semantic Technologies 2006
                            http://www.i-know.at/ast

                                Call for Papers

Introduction

The I-KNOW '06 Special Track on Advanced Semantic Technologies addresses
the 
emerging field of semantic technologies in knowledge management and
information 
retrieval. Original papers are solicited and will be reviewed by a board
of 
international experts.

Topics include but are not limited to:

* Retrieval based on knowledge organisation systems (KOS)
* Ontology powered information systems
* Ontologies and knowledge representation in applied knowledge
management
* Probabilistics in knowledge representation
* Ontology learning and extraction
* Modeling and retrieval of semantic metadata
* Semantic analysis of structured and unstructured data
* Knowledge discovery in the Semantic Web
* Semantic agent technologies

Submissions might also address applications of semantic technologies in
areas 
such as knowledge management, competency management, workflow
management, search 
engines, decision support, e-learning, healthcare, mobile and pervasive 
computing or bioinformatics.

Background

The area of semantic technologies combines a series of hot topics: The
Semantic 
Web, knowledge organization systems (KOS), agent technologies and
ontologies. 
While the Semantic Web is based on a series of definitions and aims to
build a 
new way of sharing and searching for information in the Internet,
knowledge 
organization systems and ontologies allow the formal definition of
explicit 
knowledge. Agent technologies benefit from the explicit knowledge
provided in 
the semantic web through processing it for completing their programmed
tasks.

The areas of information retrieval and information systems find
themselves 
facing new requirements: In information retrieval knowledge has to be
integrated 
in the process of finding and ranking search results as well as in the
processes 
of clustering and classifying information. Information systems aim to
include 
ontologies for enhancing their results by using a knowledge base.

Within the Special Track on Advanced Semantic Technologies we aim to
bring 
together researchers from different areas of semantic and knowledge
based 
systems research to exchange experiences, present and talk about the
results of 
their work and discuss hot topics.

Target Group

The topics mentioned above are addressed at researchers and developers
as well 
as at innovative practitioners and providers in the fields of semantic 
technologies. The special track will be held in English.

Submission Instructions and Procedure

Submissions should be handed in as full papers and should not exceed 8
pages. 
Please use the I-KNOW style guides and submit your contribution in PDF
or MS 
Word format. In case of problems or questions concerning the submission
of 
papers , please contact the track chairs at ast@...

Submissions, regardless of category, should include title, author(s),
abstract, 
keywords, body, and references. Submissions are to be made
electronically in PDF 
(Adobe's Portable Document Format) or MS Word format. Submissions are
treated as 
confidential communications during the review process, so submission
does not 
constitute public disclosure of any ideas therein. Submissions should
contain no 
information or materials that will be proprietary or confidential at the
time of 
publication, and should cite no publications that are proprietary or 
confidential at the time of publication.

Important Dates

    * 3rd April 2006 Submission of the full paper (8 pages)
    * 22nd May 2006 Notification of acceptance
    * 26th June 2006 Camera ready paper (8 pages)
    * 6th September 2006 AST 2006 special track

Publication

Accepted papers will be published within the I-KNOW'06 conference
proceedings in 
cooperation with J.UKM and Springer Co. Pub. At least one author of an
accepted 
paper must register for the I-KNOW conference before the deadline for
camera-
ready-copies of the papers (26 June 2006). Otherwise the paper will not
be 
published.

Conference Organization

The 6th International Conference on Knowledge Management (I-KNOW '06, 
http://www.i-know.at) is organized by the Know-Center, Austria's
Competence 
Center for knowledge management. 

For further questions contact mlux@...

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DI Mathias Lux
Know-Center & Graz University of Technology, Austria
Institute for Knowledge Management (IWM)
Inffeldgasse 21a, 8010 Graz, Austria
Email  : mlux@... 
Tel: +43 316 873 9274  Fax: +43 316 873 9252

Mark Sanderson | 18 Jan 22:13 2006
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Preliminary CFP: SPIRE 2006 - String Processing and Information Retrieval

PRELIMINARY CALL FOR PAPERS

SPIRE 2006 - String Processing and Information Retrieval
11-13 October 2006, Glasgow, Scotland
( http://www.cis.strath.ac.uk/spire06/)

Submission date: 14 April, 2006

SPIRE 2006 is the 13th Symposium on String Processing and
Information Retrieval. The first four editions focused primarily
on string  processing and South America, and were called WSP
(South American Workshop on String Processing). Starting in 1998,
the focus of the workshop was broadened to include the area of
information retrieval due to its increasing relevance and its
inter-relationship with the area of string processing. In
addition, since 2000, the conference venue has been in Europe in
even years.

The symposium will be organised by the University of Strathclyde,
in Glasgow and chaired by Prof. Fabio Crestani. Glasgow is
Scotland's largest city and is surrounded by some of the most
breathtaking scenery in Western Europe, made famous down the years
in verse and song. Today, the city has emerged as the cultural,
commercial and convention capital of Scotland. The finest specimen
of Victorian architecture in Europe according to the late poet
laureate Sir John Betjeman, the city made ships and gigantic
locomotives and powerful machines. But most of all, it made
friends. The world has been meeting in Glasgow for over a hundred
years. In 1888 eleven million visitors attended the International
Exhibition of Industry, Science and Art. Nine million visitors
came to the Glasgow International Exhibition of 1901 and the
Empire Exhibition of 1938 attracted over thirteen million
visitors. The tradition has continued with the city hosting the
National Garden Festival in 1988, the Cultural Capital of Europe
in 1990, the UK City of Architecture and Design 1999 and was
European Capital of Sport in 2003.

TOPICS:

SPIRE 2006 covers research in all aspects of string processing,
information retrieval, computational biology, pattern matching,
semi-structured data, and related applications. Typical topics of
interest include (but are not limited to):

String Processing: dictionary algorithms, text searching, pattern
matching, text compression, text mining, natural language
processing, and automata based string processing.

Information Retrieval (IR): IR modelling, indexing, ranking and
filtering, interface design, visualisation, cross-lingual IR
systems, multimedia IR, digital libraries, collaborative
retrieval, and Web related applications.

Interaction of biology and computation: DNA sequencing and
applications in molecular biology, evolution and phylogenetics,
recognition of genes and regulatory elements, and sequence driven
protein structure prediction.

Information Retrieval languages and applications: XML, SGML,
information retrieval from semistrutured data, text mining, and
generation of structured data from text.

PROGRAM COMMITTEE CO-CHAIRS:

- Paolo Ferragina, Univ. of Pisa, Italy
- Mark Sanderson, Univ. of Sheffield, UK

CONFERENCE CHAIR:

- Fabio Crestani, Univ. of Strathclyde, UK

SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS:

Details about submission instructions will appear soon on the
symposium web site on: http://www.cis.strath.ac.uk/external/spire06/.
The proceedings will be published by Springer- Verlag in the LNCS
series (pending final approval).

IMPORTANT DATES:

Paper submission: 14 April, 2006
Authors notification: 2 June, 2006
Camera ready: 23 June, 2006


NAACL/HLT short paper deadline March 3, http://nlp.cs.nyu.edu/hlt-naacl06/
EPSRC CASE studentship available http://dis.shef.ac.uk/mark/case.htm

LREC workshop: Language Resources for Content-Based Image Retrieval
http://www.lrec-conf.org/lrec2006/IMG/pdf/LRECworkshopOntoImage.htm
____________________________________________________________________
Mark Sanderson, Room 303               Tel: +44 (0) 114 22 22648
Department of Information Studies      Fax: +44 (0) 114 27 80300
University of Sheffield, Regent Court, mailto:m.sanderson-3Ch7lUbXYW61Qrn1Bg8BZw@public.gmane.org
Portobello St, Sheffield, S1 4DP, UK   http://dis.shef.ac.uk/mark/
____________________________________________________________________
Good judgement is from experience, experience is from bad judgement
Mounia Lalmas | 29 Jan 00:37 2006
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SIGIR 2006: Call for Workshop Proposals

Proposals are solicited for one-day workshops to be held on August 10,
2006.  

The purpose of SIGIR workshops is to provide a platform for presenting
novel ideas in a less formal and possibly more focused way than the
conference itself. As such, they also offer a good opportunity for young
researchers to present their work and to obtain feedback from an
interested community. The format of each workshop is to be determined by
the organizers, but it is expected that they contain ample time for
general discussion. 

Researchers and practitioners from all segments of the information
retrieval community are invited to submit proposals for review. The
organizers of approved workshops are expected to define the workshop's
focus, gather and review submissions, and decide upon final program
content. Organizers (including co-organizers) are expected to attend
their entire workshop and to provide an article for the SIGIR Forum
summarizing the event. 

Submissions describing proposed workshops (up to 1,000 words) should
include the theme and goals of the workshop, planned activities, the
maximum number of participants, the selection process for participants
and names of potential program committee members (if a program committee
will be formed). The submission should include a one-paragraph
biographical sketch for each organizer, describing relevant
qualifications and experience. 

Workshop proposals must be sent by email to the Workshops Co-Chairs,
Peter Anick (mailto:peter_anick@...) and Mounia Lalmas
(mailto:mounia@...) by February 27, 2006. 

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Prof. Mounia Lalmas                                        
Department of Computer Science                 
Queen Mary University of London                  
London E1 4NS                                                    
phone: (+44|0)20 7882 5200                           
fax: (+44|0)20 8980 6533                               
email: mounia@...                      
www: http://www.dcs.qmul.ac.uk/~mounia 
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ECIR 2006: http://ecir2006.soi.city.ac.uk/
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Tony Rose | 29 Jan 11:38 2006
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New Informer - Winter 2005/6

Dear all,

The latest edition of Informer (Winter 2005/6) is now available from:

http://irsg.bcs.org/informer/Informer17.pdf

This edition includes the following articles:

* Product Review: "Corpora Software" by Alex Bailey

* Book Review: "Information Visualisation" reviewed by Terence Clifton

* Feature Article: "Jakarta Lucene" by Urban Bettag

* Research Update: "Context and Language Models" by Leif Azzopardi

* Book Review: "Information Retrieval" reviewed by Melanie Kendell

Best regards,
Tony Rose
Editor, Informer

Michael Granitzer | 30 Jan 10:31 2006
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CFP I-Know '06 Special Track on Knowledge Visualization and Knowledge Discovery

Dear Colleagues

Please apologize if you receive multiple copies of this message. 

Best Regards
Michael Granitzer

          KVD'06
                   6th of September 2006 Graz, Austria
                           Call for Papers

 I-Know '06 Special Track on Knowledge Visualization 
   and Knowledge Discovery
     (http://i-know.know-center.tugraz.at/i_know_06/topics/kvd_06)

Introduction:
=============

I-KNOW '06 special track on Knowledge Visualization and Knowledge Discovery
addresses the emerging fields of knowledge and information visualization,
knowledge discovery and information retrieval, involving discovery,
interaction with and visual presentation of abstract knowledge, information
spaces and structures to facilitate their rapid assimilation and
understanding. Original papers are solicited in all aforementioned areas.
Submissions will be reviewed by a board of international experts.

Topics include:
    * Visualisation of text and multimedia corpora
    * Visualisation of search results
    * Visualisation of web information systems
    * Visualisation of abstract information structures and spaces
    * Visualisation of knowledge and concept structures
    * Mapping and editing of knowledge structures
    * Concept mapping
    * Human computer interfaces for knowledge and information visualisation
    * Empirical studies of knowledge and information visualisation techniques
    * Perceptual factors for knowledge and information visualisation
    * Adaptive visualisation metaphors
    * Visual data mining
    * Data structures, frameworks, and models underlying visualisation
    * Knowledge discovery and web mining techniques
    * Knowledge discovery from unstructured and multimedia data
    * Clustering and classification techniques
    * Multimedia and cross-modal retrieval
    * Information and knowledge extraction
    * Information summarization
    * Intelligent network agents
    * Natural language processing
    * Topic detection and tracking
    * Data structures, frameworks, and models underlying knowledge discovery
data mining

Submissions might also address applications of knowledge discovery and
visualisation in areas such as mind mapping, decision support, e-learning,
CSCW, healthcare, virtual environments, search engines, mobile and pervasive
computing, or bioinformatics.
Target Group

The topics mentioned above are addressed at researchers and developers as
well as at practitioners and providers in the fields of knowledge discovery
and knowledge and information visualization. The special track will be held
in English.

Important Dates:
================

    * 03 April 2006 - Submissions of Full Papers (8 Pages)
    * 22 May 2006 - Notification of Acceptance
    * 26 June 2006 - Final Versions (8 Pages)

Submission Procedure:
=====================

Submissions should be handed in as full papers and should not exceed 8
pages. Please use the I-KNOW style guides and submit your contribution in
PDF or MS Word format using http://www.i-know.at/submission. In case of
problems or questions concerning the submission of papers, please contact
the track chairs at kvd@... .

Publication
===========

Accepted papers will be published within the I-KNOW '06 conference
proceedings in cooperation with Springer Co. Pub. Papers must present
previously unpublished, original results. At least one author of an accepted
paper must register for I-KNOW ’06 before the deadline for Final Versions
(26 June 2006).

If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact kvd@... or
mgrani@...

Margaret Graham | 30 Jan 18:41 2006
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FW: Information Visualization - Obtaining Knowledge from Data

This workshop may be of interest to members of the ir list.
 
Margaret Graham
List Owner

From: Wernmark, Ulrika M K [mailto:u.wernmark-AQ/gCgVxFfnQzY9nttDBhA@public.gmane.org]
Sent: 30 January 2006 16:20
To: chair.irsg
Subject: Information Visualization - Obtaining Knowledge from Data

Dear Prof Graham,
 
We are organising a one-day course/workshop on "INFORMATION VISUALIZATION - Obtaining Knowledge from Data" on 3rd April 2006 at Imperial College London.  We felt this course will be of interest to members of the BCS Information Retrieval Specialist Group and wonder if you can kindly help us to pass on details of this course to your group in your next email
 
I have attached a PDF copy of the course brochure for your information.
 
I look forward to your reply.
 
With best wishes,
Ulrika
 
Ulrika Wernmark
Programme Manager
Centre for Professional Development
Imperial College London
South Kensington Campus
London SW7 2AZ
 
Tel: +44 (0)20 7594 6886
Fax: +44 (0)20 7594 6883
 
Please visit our website: www.imperial.ac.uk/cpd
 



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