SWUI 2006

The 3rd International Semantic Web User Interaction Workshop

November 6, 2006 — Athens, Georgia, USA
collocated with ISWC 2006

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While there is much activity in Semantic Web research and deployment, the focus has been mainly on populating repositories. While this offers exciting new ways to capture and process knowledge, the end result often appears in interfaces made familiar by the World Wide Web. SWUI (Semantic Web User Interaction) 2006, on the other hand, explores the new possibilities for the user's experience with knowledge that the Semantic Web enables.


Monday, November 6, 2006: The workshop happened! We posted several flipchart diagrams during the breakout sessions. We will make more readable documents from these soon.

Thursday, November 2, 2006: The Web Science Research Initiative, a SWUI06 sponsor, is officially launched.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006: SWUI06 papers, poster descriptions and related materials are now on the Website, linked to from the SWUI06 program. We encourage early reading and, particular, discussion about them on the SWUI Mailing list <public-semweb-ui@w3.org>.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006: The SWUI06 website now has detailed information on the SWUI06 panel Interaction Design Grand Challenges and the Semantic Web with panelists Tim Berners-Lee, Daniel Weitzner, Nigel Shadbolt, David R. Karger and Jim Hendler, and moderator Wendy Hall. The panel is sponsored by WSRI — the Web Science Research Initiative.

Friday, September 15, 2006: "Regular" registration for ISWC2006 and SWUI06 is due by October 23, 2006. Early registration is now past.

Thusday, September 14, 2006: SWUI06 Program posted on website.

Wednesday, September 7, 2006: Notifications sent to paper submitters. Final versions of accepted papers due on September 19th.

Saturday, August 12, 2006: Paper submission deadline is passed. Submission is closed.

Saturday, August 5, 2006: Abstract submission deadline is passed. Paper submission are due this Friday, August 11th, 2006. Those who did not submit abstracts last week may still submit papers. We thank all those who sent abstracts.

Monday, July 10, 2006: The newly formed Web Science Research Initiative has agreed to co-sponsor SWUI06. They will also sponsor a panel session at SWUI06 on "Grand Challenges for Usability and the Semantic Web". We will announce guest panelists soon. To account for these changes in format, and to accomodate various requests, we have extended the deadline for SWUI06 submissions to:

One change in the format is co-sponsorship from the new Web Science Research Initiative. The initiative will also sponsor a panel session on Grand Challenges for Usability and the Semantic Web. We will announce guest panelists soon, on this website and elsewhere.

Workshop Description

New Paradigms and Grand Challenges

The structure and features of the Semantic Web enable new ways of thinking about exploring information spaces beyond what HTML has made possible. This workshop investigates similarly innovative ways to exploit those opportunities in terms of user interface design. A key challenge of this workshop will be to present work that demonstrates interaction and visualization opportunities that are only now made possible through the Semantic Web. We will address how users can interact with information represented with Semantic Web technologies. Issues include defining paradigms for interaction, their corresponding technical interfaces and the mapping of Semantic Web constructs to them. In the end, we aim to map the "problem space" that binds these issues together and to identify the core unsolved yet promising challenged within it.


The workshop will start with presentations of accepted papers. These presentations will inform subsequent discussions in selected groups brainstorming about different aspects of Semantic Web User Interaction. We then come back together, share the groups' results, and plan a white paper to describe what the workshop learned and provide instructions for the community on how to move forward.


This workshop is of interest to anyone who wants to make information stored with Semantic Web technologies presentable to end users. This includes those who create RDF and OWL code to represent information for distribution, crafters of interfaces to Semantic Web repositories and those interested in revisited and new paradigms for human interaction with the Semantic Web.

Writing and Submitting Papers

The criteria for general assessment of submissions will be novelty, innovation, demonstrated awareness of related work, contribution to the field. We seek papers that help answer the following questions:

In particular, reviewers will consider:

We seek papers for this workshop that, independently or collectively, set agendas and possible priorities that frame follow-on discussions and also research pursuits. While applying existing interaction approaches and metaphors to the new Semantic Web sometimes helps, we also seek new ideas that apply uniquely to the Semantic Web, enabling forms of interaction not otherwise possible. We welcome papers demonstrating new features and behaviors the Semantic Web enables in its interfaces. Especially valued are papers applying user-centered methodologies to ensure the interface components are beneficial. Finally, we encourage research on how the Semantic Web changes use itself, including changed user tasks and goals, contexts of use, user types and groups, and requirements that the newly enabled user community has.

Submit your papers as PDF in the style of the Springer Publications format for Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS). For complete details, see Springer's Author Instructions. Email the submissions before August 11th to swui06sub(AT)cwi(DOT)nl. Full papers will have a maximum of 14 pages. Short papers will have a maximum of 8 pages. We will not accept research papers that, at the time of submission, are under review for or have already been published in or accepted for publication in a journal or another conference.

Developing the Field's Topic Space

Part of this workshop's goal is to map the terrain that SWUI topics, issues and challenges lie in. We invite those interested in participating in this workshop goal to start now by reading and posting on the SWUI mailing list. Below are some sample topics and their groups, subject to much change as the workshop approaches and culminates.


August 4, 2006 Abstract submissions due (past)
August 11, 2006 Paper submissions due (past)
September 8, 2006 Acceptance notification (past)
September 15, 2006 ISWC2006 early registration (past)
September 19, 2006 Camera-ready papers due (past)
November 6, 2006 Workshop at the ISWC2006 (past)


Organizating Committee

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Text Call for Papers for SWUI06

SWUI mailing list and workshop series

Predecessor workshops

Related venues

For more information, send a message to swui06(AT)cwi(DOT)nl.

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