Margaret Graham | 1 Mar 19:26 2007

FW: Free Our Data? An NCeSS event

For information for IR List

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Subject: Free Our Data? An NCeSS event


Should social researchers have unlimited access to the data that 
Government collects about individual UK citizens? Would the benefits of 
better evidence on which to base social policy outweigh concerns about 

Experts from academia and government will offer their views and respond
questions from the audience. 

Date: 15th March 2007
Location: University of Manchester 
Time: 6pm - 8pm 

This event is being organised by the ESRC National Centre for e-Social 
Science ( as part of the ESRC Festival of Social

Science ( and will be run in 
conjunction with The Guardians Free Our Data? campaign.

Chair: Jim Hancock : Ex Political Editor for BBC North West 
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Hideo Joho | 1 Mar 19:26 2007

First CFP: IP&M Special Topic Issue on Adaptive Information Retrieval

Apologies for cross-posting.

Call for paper

Special Topic Issue on
Adaptive Information Retrieval

Information Processing & Management
Guest Editors

    * Joemon M. Jose, University of Glasgow, UK.
    * C. J. van Rijsbergen, University of Glasgow, UK.
Important dates

    * Submissions of articles: September 30, 2007
    * Notification to authors: December 1, 2007
    * Final version of accepted papers: February 15th, 2008

The need for tools to address problems of information overload has become
apparent. Information seeking is a complex process as often searchers do not
know what they are looking for. Information retrieval tools need to be
context sensitive and the retrieval process should adapt to users context.
Increasingly information is sought from collections with multiple media and
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Fabio Crestani | 2 Mar 10:40 2007

Fully Funded PhD Positions in Information Retrieval and Text Mining

Fully Funded PhD Positions in Information Retrieval and Text Mining

The Faculty of Informatics of the University of Lugano (USI) in  
Switzerland is actively expanding its research into information  
retrieval and text mining from news archives, news streams and blogs  
and is looking for versatile, highly motivated PhD candidates.

The successful candidates will build on the Faculty's ongoing  
research directed by Prof. Fabio Crestani and will help define and  
explore this exciting area of research.

Applicants must have a strong background in Computer Science and/or  
closely related areas (e.g. Mathematics, Statistics or Engineering  
with strong emphasis on Computer Science) and excellent skills in  
both written and spoken English, as the working language of the  
Faculty is English.

Informal inquiries about these vacancies can be sent to Prof. Fabio  
Crestani (fabio.crestani@...).

For applications (the deadline are flexible) see: http://

Prof. Fabio Crestani                              tel: +41 58.666.4657
Faculty of Informatics                            fax: +41 58.666.4536
University of Lugano (USI)                     fabio.crestani@...
via G. Buffi 13, CH-6904 Lugano, CH  

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Matthias Kranz | 2 Mar 10:39 2007

[CfP] UbiComp 2007: Approaching deadline - Call for Papers

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UbiComp2007 Call for Papers
This is a reminder on the approaching deadline for paper submissions 
for UbiComp 2007. 
No extensions to this deadline (9 March 2007, 23:59 PST) will be given.

Important Dates

9 March - Paper submissions due (23:59 PST) - no extension possible
25 May - Accept/reject notifications
29 June - Camera ready papers due
16-19 September - UbiComp2007 in Innsbruck

Call for Papers

UbiComp 2007 ( will be the Ninth International 
Conference on Ubiquitous Computing, held in Innsbruck, Austria, on 16-19 
September 2007.

UbiComp 2007 invites original, high-quality research papers in the areas of 
ubiquitous, mobile, embedded, and handheld computing. The conference provides 
a forum for original research that enables new capabilities, appropriate 
security and privacy, improved user experiences, and simplified and powerful 
development and deployment practices. In addition, we are interested in 
studies of existing and emerging technologies, everyday use of technologies, 
and insightful commentary on the state of the field.
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Djoerd Hiemstra | 2 Mar 13:03 2007

SIGIR 2007: 2nd Call for Doctoral Consortium Papers

SIGIR 2007:  2nd Call for papers for Doctoral Consortium

    The 30th Annual International ACM SIGIR Conference on
      Research and Development in Information Retrieval
         23-27 July 2007, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

SIGIR is the major international forum for the presentation of new
research results and for the demonstration of new systems and techniques
in the broad field of information retrieval (IR). 

*Call for Papers for Doctoral Consortium*

The ACM SIGIR Doctoral Consortium provides doctoral students with a 
unique opportunity to have substantive interaction with other 
researchers regarding their proposed dissertation research.

The objectives of the Doctoral Consortium are: 

  *  To provide a forum where doctoral students can present and 
     discuss their proposed research with experienced IR researchers 
     the members of the Doctoral Consortium Program Committee. 

  *  To give students an opportunity to establish a supportive 
     community of other doctoral students at the same stage of their 
     dissertation research as themselves. 

The Consortium will take place on the same day as the Tutorials, 
with the format being: student presentations with plenary 
discussions, lunch, individual meetings with experienced researchers, 
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chaim Zins | 2 Mar 13:22 2007

Knowledge Map of Information Science

Dear Colleagues,
In 2003-2005 I conducted a mapping study, " Knowledge Map of Information Science ", which was supported by a research grant from the Israel Science Foundation (an organ of the Israel Academy of Science and Humanities). This was a Critical Delphi study with an interdisciplinary panel composed of 57 leading scholars from 16 countries.

The panel. The following scholars participated in the panel:  Dr. Hanne Albrechtsen, Institute of Knowledge Sharing, Denmark; Prof. Elsa Barber , University of Buenos Aires, Argentina; Prof. Aldo de Albuquerque Barreto, Brazilian Institute for Information in Science and Technology, Brazil; Prof. Shifra Baruchson–Arbib , Bar Ilan University, Israel; Prof. Clare Beghtol , University of Toronto, Canada; Prof. Maria Teresa Biagetti, University of Rome 1, Italy; Prof. Michael Buckland, University of California, Berkeley, USA; Manfred Bundschuh , University of Applied Sciences, Cologne, Germany; Dr. Quentin L. Burrell, Isle of Man International Business School, Isle of Man; Dr. Paola Capitani, Working Group Semantic Web, Italy; Prof. Rafael Capurro , University of Applied Sciences, Stuttgart, Germany; Prof. Thomas A. Childers , Drexel University, USA; Prof. Charles H. Davis, Indiana University; the University of Illinois, USA; Prof. Anthony Debons , University of Pittsburgh, USA; Prof. Gordana Dodig-Crnkovic , Mälardalen University, Sweden; Prof. Henri Dou, University of Aix-Marseille III, France; Prof. Nicolae Dragulanescu , Polytechnics University of Bucharest, Romania; Prof. Carl Drott, Drexel University, USA; Prof. Luciana Duranti , University of British Columbia, Canada; Prof. Hamid Ekbia , University of Redlands, USA; Prof. Charles Ess, Drury University, USA; Prof. Raya Fidel , University of Washington, USA; Prof. Thomas J. Froehlich, Kent State University, USA; Alan Gilchrist, Cura Consortium and TFPL, UK; Dr. H.M. Gladney , HMG Consulting, USA; Prof. Glynn Harmon, University of Texas at Austin, USA; Dr. Donald Hawkins, Information Today, USA; Prof. Caroline Haythornthwaite , University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, USA; Ken Herold, Hamilton College, USA; Prof. William Hersh , Oregon Health & Science University, USA; Prof. Birger Hjorland , Royal School of Library and Information Science, Denmark; Sarah Holmes*, the Publishing Project, USA. Prof. Ian Johnson *, the Robert Gordon University, UK; Prof. Wallace Koehler , Valdosta State University, USA; Prof. Donald Kraft, Louisiana State University, USA; Prof. Yves François Le Coadic , National Technical University, France; Dr. Jo Link-Pezet, Urfist, and University of Social Sciences, France; Michal Lorenz , Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic; Prof. Ia McIlwaine, University College London, UK; Prof. Michel J. Menou, Knowledge and ICT management consultant, France; Prof. Haidar Moukdad , Dalhousie University, Canada; Dennis Nicholson, Strathclyde University, UK; Prof. Charles Oppenheim, Loughborough University, UK; Prof. Lena Vania Pinheiro , Brazilian Institute for Information in Science and Technology, Brazil; Prof. Maria Pinto, University of Granada, Spain; Prof. Roberto Poli, University of Trento, Italy; Prof. Ronald Rousseau , KHBO, and University of Antwerp, Belgium; Dr. Silvia Schenkolewski–Kroll , Bar Ilan University, Israel; Scott Seaman*, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA; Prof. Richard Smiraglia, Long Island University, USA; Prof. Paul Sturges , Loughborough University, UK; Prof. Carol Tenopir , University of Tennessee, USA; Dr. Joanne Twining,, a virtual information consultancy, USA; Prof. Anna da Soledade Vieira, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil; Dr. Julian Warner , Queen's University of Belfast, UK; Prof. Irene Wormell , Swedish School of Library and Information Science in Borås, Sweden; Prof. Yishan Wu , Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (ISTIC), China.
* An observer (i.e., those panel members who did not strictly meet the criteria for the panel selection and terms of participation.)

Harvest. The study was presented at the ASIST (American Society for Information Science & Technology) 2005 Annual Meeting, and at the Ninth ISKO (International  Society for Knowledge Organization) Conference in Vienna, 2006.
Website & Forum. The following website summarizes the findings of the study. You are invited to visit the website, refer your students and colleagues, and participate in an academic discussion (Forum) on the theoretical foundations of the field.
Knowledge 2007. On this occasion I invite you to visit 2 other R&D projects:
Currently, the most updated version of the map can be found in 
Looking forward to your response.
With kind regards,
Mit freundlichen Gruessen,
Sincères salutations,
Chaim Zins

Chaim Zins, PhD.
Knowledge Mapping Research
26 Hahaganah St, Jerusalem 97852, Israel;
Tel/Fax: 972-2-5816705
Knowledge 2006: Map of Human Knowledge
( )

Chaim Zins, PhD.
Knowledge Mapping Research
26 Hahaganah St, Jerusalem 97852, Israel;
Tel/Fax: 972-2-5816705
Knowledge 2006: Map of Human Knowledge
( )
Martine De Cock | 3 Mar 20:56 2007

CFP GrC 2007 - IEEE International Conference on Granular Computing

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              GrC 2007         Call for Papers
2007 IEEE International Conference on Granular Computing Silicon Valley, USA, 
November 2-4, 2007 (

Co-located with WI 2007, IAT 2007, BIBM 2007 Sponsored By IEEE Computational 
Intelligence Society

# Conference Chairs
#   T.Y. Lin,        Professor, SJSU, BISC Fellow, UC-Berkeley, USA
#   Ronald Yager     Professor, Iona College, USA
#   Jerry Mendel     Professor, University of Southern California, USA
# Program Chairs
#   Xiaohua Tony Hu  Drexel University, USA
#   Shusaku Tsumoto, M.D., Ph.D(Comp Sci) Shimane University, Japan
# Organizing Chairs
#    Jianchao Han    California State University - Dominguez Hills , USA
#    Eric Louie,     IBM Almaden Research Center
# Honorary Chairs
#   Setsuo Ohsuga    Professor, University of Tokyo, Japan
#   Stephen Smale    "MATH-Nobel" Laureate, Professor,TTI at Chicago, UC 
Berkeley, USA
#   Lotfi Zadeh      "EE-Nobel" Laureate, Professor, UC Berkeley, USA
# (Papers Due: ** June 1 **, 2007)
# Indexed by EI (GrC 2005, 2006 were indexed by EI).
# Contact:
#   Jianchao (Jack) Han   jhan@...
#   and cc: GrC 2007      grc@...

Granular Computing (GrC) is a general computation theory for effectively using 
granules such as classes, clusters, subsets, groups and intervals to build an 
efficient computational model for complex applications with huge amounts of 
data, information and knowledge. Though the label is relatively recent, the 
basic notions and principles of granular computing, though under different 
names, have appeared in many related fields, such as information hiding in 
programming, granularity in artificial intelligence, divide and conquer in 
theoretical computer science, interval computing, cluster analysis, fuzzy and 
rough set theories, neutrosophic computing, quotient space theory, belief 
functions, machine learning, databases, and many others.

The 2007 IEEE International Conference on Granular Computing(GrC 2007) will be 
jointly held with the 2007 IEEE/WIC/ACM International Conference on Web 
Intelligence(WI 2007), the 2007 IEEE/WIC/ACM International Conference on 
Intelligent Agent Technology (IAT 2007), and the 2007 IEEE International 
Conference on BioInformatics and BioMedicine (BIBM 2007) for providing 
synergism among the four research areas.  It will provide opportunities for 
technical collaboration beyond that of previous conferences. The four 
conferences will have a joint opening, keynote, reception, and banquet. 
Attendees only need to register for one conference and can attend workshops, 
sessions and tutorials across the four conferences. We are also planning a 
joint panel and joint paper sessions that discuss common problems in the four 


The conference will be held in Silicon Valley, California. Many high-tech 
companies and several distinguished universities (Stanford, UC Berkeley, etc) 
are just around the corner. The highlight of the conference is that a unique 
forum consisting of a half-day industry/demo track and free discussion will be 
organized to link industries and academics. Leading IT companies like IBM, 
Google, Yahoo, etc will present at the conference.

The area now known as Silicon Valley has been a center of technological 
development since the 1950's. The name Silicon Valley stems from the early 
1970's, when the area had become the center for many semiconductor companies. 
While still hosting semiconductor and microprocessor companies, the region now 
hosts the headquarters of high tech companies of every kind, including many of 
the best known and most prestigious names in personal computers, Web search, 
Internet auctions, networking, storage, databases, etc.

Topics of Interest
The topics and areas include, but are not limited to:

Computational Intelligence
   (Neural Networks, Fuzzy Systems, Evolutionary Computation, Rough Sets, etc.) 
Foundation of Data Mining and Learning Theory
    (Probabilistic/Statistical Learning, Machine Learning, Kernel Machines, 
etc.) Bioinformatics, Medical Informatics and Chemical Informatics 
e-Intelligence, Web Intelligence, Web Informatics,Web Mining and Semantic Web

Important Dates

Electronic submission of full papers:   ** June 1, 2007 **
Notification of paper acceptance:       August 3, 2007
Camera-ready copies of accepted papers: August 17, 2007
Conference:                             November 2-4, 2007

* Albert Sutojo, San Jose State University, USA

Gillian Sinclair | 5 Mar 16:05 2007

National Centre for e-Social Science Showcase & Free Our Data? event

NCeSS Showcase - New Research Tools for Social Scientists

Over the last 3 years the ESRC National Centre for e-Social Science 
( has co-ordinated the development of new research tools 
which harness the power of Grid computing for social scientists.

We would like to invite you to attend a showcase of these tools at the 
University of Manchester from the 27th-29th March.  

The three days will be of benefit to those working in Social Science and 
others involved in Grid Computing, by updating them with recent 
developments which can improve research methods and research times, as 
well as informing them of trends and software which will impact on them in 
the future.

A full programme is available on our website but amongst others, sessions 
will cover:

-A look at relevant developments in Grid Computing at an 
international/national and regional level 

-A showcase of NCeSS successes including tools for virtual urban 
environments, the semantic web and the collaborative analysis of audio-
visual qualitative data.

-An exploration of the benefits of Web2.0 technologies (as well as a 
chance to separate the opportunity from the hype) 

-Forthcoming developments from the National Grid Service

-P-Grade and how it can help with workflow visualisation

For a full programme, more details, and to register a place, please visit

If you would like to attend this event please register at 
Please note that registration is free but places are highly limited so 
early registration is recommended.


Should social researchers have unlimited access to the data that 
Government collects about individual UK citizens? Would the benefits of 
better evidence on which to base social policy outweigh concerns about 
privacy? Experts from academia and government will offer their views and 
respond to questions from the audience. 

Attend in person or watch via a live webcast.
Date: 15th March 2007
Location: University of Manchester 
Time: 6pm – 8pm (GMT)

This event is being organised by the ESRC National Centre for e-Social 
Science ( as part of the ESRC Festival of Social 
Science ( and will be run in 
conjunction with The Guardians Free Our Data? campaign.

Chair: Jim Hancock : Ex Political Editor for BBC North West 

Charles Arthur: Technology Editor, The Guardian 
Peter Elias: Professor of Labour Economy, University of Warwick and 
Strategic Advisor (Data Resources) to the ESRC 
Duncan MacNiven: Registrar General for Scotland
Jil Matheson: Director of Census, Demographic and Regional Statistics, 
Office for National Statistics 
Neil Ackroyd: Director of Data Collection and Management, Ordnance Survey 

This event will also be webcast - further details of this will be 
available closer to the event on our website.

There is no charge to attend this event in person, but admission is by 
ticket only.

To register for this event, please complete the online registration form 
available at:

Tickets are limited to 2 per person. If you require a group booking in 
excess of 8 people, please contact Katy Middlebrough 

Matthias Kranz | 5 Mar 17:24 2007

[CfP] UbiComp 2007: Approaching Deadline - Doctoral Colloquium, March 12

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Call for Doctoral Colloquium (DC)

PhD students and candidates are invited to present, discuss and defend their work-in-progress or
preliminary results in an international and renowned audience of researchers and developers in the
ubiquitous computing field at UbiComp 2007 [1]. PhD students and candidates at all stages in the process
are invited to submit a thesis position paper. Participants will be expected to give short, informal
presentations of their work during the Colloquium, to be followed by a discussion.

The submission (max. 8 pages) should clearly state:
* the original key idea of the thesis
* the problem domain and the specific problem addressed
* an overview of related work in the area of the PhD work
* methodological approach
* research carried out
* the contribution made in the field of ubiquitous computing (for early work, state the expected contribution)

Submissions should be formatted according to the guidelines of Springer’s Lecture Notes in Computer
Science [2] and should be submitted as PDF files through EDAS [3]. The submissions will be reviewed and
based on these reviews approximately 8 participants for the doctoral colloquium will be selected. The
accepted thesis position papers will be published in the adjunct proceedings of UbiComp 2007.
Important Dates

March 12, 2007 -- Submission of thesis position paper
May 15, 2007 -- Accept/reject notifications
June 29, 2007 -- Camera ready papers
September 16, 2007 -- Doctoral Colloquium in Innsbruck, Austria
UbiComp 2007 Doctoral Colloquium Co-Chairs

Claudia Linnhoff-Popien and Jakob E. Bardram, dc-chairs@...

Doctoral Colloquium Organization by Peter Ruppel, peter.ruppel@...
DC Advisory Committee

Christian Becker, University of Mannheim, Germany
Anind Dey, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Hans Gellersen, Lancaster University, United Kingdom
Lars Erik Holmquist, Viktoria Institute, Sweden
Albrecht Schmidt, Fraunhofer IAIS and b-it University of Bonn, Germany

A PDF version of this CfP is also available [4]


Mark Sanderson | 5 Mar 18:21 2007

New task in CLEF this year - query parsing on 800,000 web query corpora

We are pleased to announce a new query parsing task in GeoCLEF. This was not included on the initial CLEF publicity material or in it's old registration form. This sub-task will be run by Microsoft Research Asia who will be supplying a substantial set of Web queries to geo-parse. It is hoped that 800,000 queries will be provided for any participant of GeoCLEF. Queries will be initially available in English, however parsing queries in other languages may also occur. Further details of the task are provided on the track website at:

If you wish to participate in this new task, please register for CLEF 2007.

Mark Sanderson
Reader in Information Retrieval

Room 225
Department of Information Studies 
University of Sheffield, Regent Court 
Portobello St, Sheffield, S1 4DP, UK

Tel: +44 (0) 114 22 22648
Fax: +44 (0) 114 27 80300

Good judgement comes from experience, experience comes from bad judgement