Appel: ENRICH Workshop at SIGIR 2013

Thierry Hamon thierry.hamon at UNIV-PARIS13.FR
Wed May 22 16:38:36 UTC 2013

Date: Wed, 22 May 2013 03:18:36 -0700 (PDT)
From: Séamus Lawless <seamus.lawless at>
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2nd Call for Papers

The First Workshop on the Exploration, Navigation and Retrieval of
Information in Cultural Heritage - ENRICH 2013

To be held in conjunction with the 36th Annual ACM SIGIR Conference

Workshop date: August 1st, 2013

Location: Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.

Submission deadline: 9th June 2013


ENRICH 2013 has three main goals:

- to discuss the challenges and opportunities in Information Retrieval
  research in the area of Cultural Heritage

- to encourage collaboration between researchers engaged in work in this
  specialist area of Information Retrieval, and to foster the formation
  of a research community

- to identify a set of actions which the community should undertake to
  progress research in this area


A key challenge facing the curators and providers of digital cultural
heritage worldwide is to instigate, increase and enhance engagement with
their collections. To achieve this, a fundamental change in the way
these artefacts can be discovered, explored and contributed to by users
and communities is required. Cultural heritage artefacts are digital
representations of primary resources: manuscript collections, paintings,
books, photographs etc. The text-based resources are often innately
“noisy”, contain non-standard spelling, poor punctuation and obsolete
grammar and word forms. The image-based resources often have limited
associated metadata which describes the resources and their content. In
addition, the information needs and tasks of cultural heritage users are
often complex and diverse. This presents a specific set of challenges to
traditional Information Retrieval (IR) techniques and approaches.

This workshop will investigate the enhanced retrieval of, and
interaction with, cultural heritage collections. We are interested in
investigating innovative forms of personalised, multi-lingual IR, which
can include:

- IR approaches tailored to cope with the inconsistencies which are
  common in cultural heritage collections.

- Content-aware retrieval approaches which respond to the entities and
  relationships contained within artefacts and across collections.

- Personalised IR and presentation.

- Community-aware IR approaches which respond to community activity,
  interest, contribution and experience.

Such new forms of enhanced IR require rigorous evaluation and validation
using appropriate metrics, contrasting digital cultural heritage
collections and diverse users and communities. This workshop welcomes
submissions which investigate such evaluation, taking into account the
specific requirements of the domain. The nature of cultural heritage
resources means that content analysis in support of IR is of specific
interest. This includes the automated normalisation of historical texts,
the use of Natural Language Processing (NLP) for entity extraction and
metadata generation.

The ENRICH workshop aims to promote the exchange of ideas between
researchers working on the theory and foundations of IR, cross and
multi-lingual IR, personalised IR and recommender systems.

There are numerous research areas that can support such improved
retrieval and exploration in the area of cultural heritage. Topics of
interest include, but are not limited to, the following areas:

- Multilingual semantic search

- Context-aware and semantic recommender systems

- Adaptation engines and algorithms for personalised multilingual IR

- User modeling and adaptation (e.g. creation and exploitation of
  individual or stereotypical user profiles)

- Content personalisation and personalised result presentation
  (e.g. beyond the ranked list)

- Domain modeling

- External knowledge resources for IR (e.g. ontologies)

- Evaluation methodologies and metrics for personalised multilingual IR

- Information Extraction, Data Mining and Natural Language Processing

- Social Network Analysis


We invite researchers to submit two categories of paper:

Long paper submissions should report on substantial contributions of
lasting value. Each accepted long paper will be presented in a plenary
session of the workshop program. The maximum length is 8 pages.

Short paper submissions should discuss exciting new work that is not yet
mature enough for a long paper. The presentation may include the
demonstration of a system. The maximum length is 4 pages.

Accepted papers will be published in the proceedings of the workshop.

All submissions should be prepared according to the ACM SIG Proceedings
Templates, as for all SIGIR submissions.

For your convenience, you can use the templates for Microsoft Word or
LaTeX that have been made available on the ACM website:

The ENRICH Workshop does not use blind reviews, so please include
authors’ names and affiliations on your submission. All submissions will
receive several independent reviews.
Submissions must be in PDF format and must be in English.
All papers must be submitted electronically before the 9th of June 2013
through the EasyChair submission page

ENRICH 2013 will be hosted in the Long Room Hub, the Digital Arts and
Humanities Research Institute of Trinity College Dublin
- The Long Room Hub is a
signature building at the heart of the historic TCD campus. The
institute takes its name from the Library's iconic ‘Long Room'. The Long
Room Hub is the home of a number of major, EU funded, Digital Humanities
research projects, which use the most advanced digital technologies for
the democratization of knowledge and also explore new research
questions, approaches and methodologies enabled by technological change.

*Important Dates*

Deadline for submission:9th June
Notification of acceptance:28th June
Camera-ready version of papers:8th July
Workshop:1st August


Prof. Séamus Lawless (School of Computer Science, Trinity College
Dublin, Ireland) seamus.lawless at

Prof. Maristella Agosti (Department of Information Engineering,
University of Padova, Italy)  maristella.agosti at

Dr. Paul Clough (Information School, University of Sheffield, UK)
p.d.clough at

Prof. Owen Conlan (School of Computer Science, Trinity College Dublin,
Ireland)  owen.conlan at   *Further Information*

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