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Tuesday May 11, 1999

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W1: Virtual Documents, Hypertext Functionality and the Web

The goal of this workshop, HTF/VD1, is to discuss the role of hypertext functionality for virtual documents on the Web. Participants should contribute positions or scenarios that clarify either how the Web can be improved to support more systems based on sophisticated hypertext or virtual documents and/or how HTF and VD models can be added to the Web. This workshop will have as one of its goals a written report of the state of hypertext in virtual documents on the Web and a broader and grander vision of applications on the Web. We expect participants to be prepared to write as well as talk, and we will aim at shaping their position statements and the workshop discussion to the delivery of such a final report. The final report plus longer versions of selected papers may be included in a proposed monograph series by Addison-Wesley.


Fabio Vitali is an assistant professor with the Department of Computer Science at the University of Bologna, Italy. His research interests lie around Web information systems, versioning and markup languages. He has been involved with hypertext and the Web for several years.

Maria Milosavlejevic is a research scientist in the Intelligent Interactive Technology group at CSIRO Mathematical and Information Sciences in Australia. She is interested in the use of natural language generation technology in the domain of electronic catalogues.

Carolyn Watters is an associate professor with the Faculty of Computer Science at Dalhousie University, Canada. Her research areas focus on evolution of Web resources to support hypertext applications. She has been involved with the hypertext functionality workshops for several years.

Additional Information: http://www.cs.unibo.it/~fabio/VD99/index.html

W2: Learning Online

This workshop will bring together practitioners from both the academic and the commercial worlds to discuss the issues surrounding learning with the Web. The workshop will discuss a range of issues arising from the use of  the Web for teaching and learning and performance support. Subject to the position papers received the workshop will focus on:

  •         Business/Learning Goals
  •         Audience Characteristics/Needs
  •         Social, Cultural and Ethical Issues
  •         Development Process/Team and Institutional Issues
  •         Technology Issues
  •         Tracking Effectiveness.

Anyone wishing to attend the workshop is asked to submit a position paper by email to dave@cs.strath.ac.uk  by April 1, 1999. Position papers should briefly include all of the following:

  1. Describe your experience with and education around web-based learning  (as a student, instructor, or developer).
  2. Describe your experience with and education around other types of  learning (e.g., corporate trainer, professor, instructional designer).
  3. Using the 6 interest areas defined above, please prioritize the 6 main interest areas and add any that we've missed. Use a scale of 1 - 5, where 1 is "critically important to my workshop learning goals" and 5 is "unimportant to my learning needs."
  4. Tell us anything else you feel we need to know about you to make your workshop experience enriching.
  5. Tell us about any tools that you have experience with in this area, and briefly describe the positive or negative nature of your experience with them.  These could be development, delivery, or tracking tools, for example.
  6. Please tell us if you have any special needs, such as a sign language interpreter, so that we can make appropriate arrangements.


Dave Whittington has been involved with educational technology in academia for over ten years. He is technical director of Clyde Virtual University  and helped organize successful workshops at WWW6 and WWW7 in Santa Clara and Brisbane.

Karen Goeller has been involved for over 14 years in using the Internet to facilitate learning and information publication.  She is Director of Learning Support Internet Solutions for Bellcore, where she leads a team of researchers and developers exploring the boundaries of the web-based learning universe.  She has participated in many of the past W3C conferences and helped organize the successful Online Learning workshop at WWW7 in Brisbane.

Additional Information: http://www.cs.strath.ac.uk/~dave/www8workshop/

W5: Second Workshop on Adaptive Systems and User Modeling on the Web

Web-based application systems are designed for a much greater variety of users than traditional interactive applications. A possible remedy for the negative effects of the traditional "one-size-fits-all" approach in the development of Web-based applications is to equip them with the ability to adapt to the needs of their individual users. Adaptive Web-based systems maintain a model of the goals, interests, preferences and knowledge of the individual user and apply this throughout the interaction for adaptation to the needs of that user. This workshop aims to bring together researchers and practitioners from various areas working on user modeling and adaptive systems on the Web.

Topics of interest include:

  • adaptive hypermedia on the WWW
  • intelligent tutoring systems on the WWW
  • user models and adaptivity in E-commerce
  • adaptive Web-based collaboration systems
  • user modeling in WWW-based search tools
  • distributed adaptive applications on the WWW
  • acquisition and management of user models on the WWW
  • security and privacy aspects of user models on the WWW
  • methods, techniques, and tools for user modeling
  • Web metadata as a basis for user modeling
  • dealing with people's changing interests and preferences
  • usability aspects of adaptivity
  • user model/profile Web servers
  • future trends and perspectives

The number of participants will be limited to 30-35 in order to encourage participation in workshop discussions. 15 "seats" are reserved for presenters. The rest of the workshop "seats" are open for any registered participant (in the order of registration -- register early!).

Any registered workshop participant is encouraged to submit a short position paper with a summary of relevant research and a list of relevant publications included. All qualifying position papers will be included in a workshop proceedings. All papers must include on the first page: the title, author's name(s), affiliation, mailing address, phone number, e-mail, home page URL, and up to five keywords. Papers should be prepared in HTML format. The size is limited to 2 pages (printed from a common browser using basic font size 10pt). Electronic submission of the URL address of the position paper is preferred, although ASCII (HTML) papers will be accepted. Send your submission (URL or HTML files) to Peter Brusilovsky: plb@cs.cmu.edu.


Peter Brusilovsky is a Director of CMI at Carnegie Technical Schools and an adjunct research scientist at the School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University, USA. His research interests are centered around adaptive Web-based systems, user modeling, intelligent tutoring systems, and adaptive hypermedia. For the last five years he has been involved in several projects related to developing adaptive systems on the Web and integration of different Web-based adaptive systems. He is an author of many papers and an editor of several books related to the topic of the workshop.

Paul De Bra is a full professor at the Eindhoven University of Technology, in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. He has a part-time position at the University of Antwerp and at the "Centrum voor Wiskunde en Informatica, CWI" in Amsterdam. His main research interests are adaptive hypermedia, Web-based information systems, and user- and task-adapted information filtering for applications in electronic commerce. He is an author of many papers on database theory, hypermedia models and applications, Web applications and adaptive hypermedia.

Alfred Kobsa is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Essen, Germany, and an Institute Director at the German National Research Center for Information Technology. His research focuses on methods for facilitating users' interaction with information, and includes areas such as user-tailored hypermedia environments, user modeling, and information visualization. He is the Editor-in-Chief of User Modeling and User-Adapted Interaction.

W6: Web Engineering

The World Wide Web has long ceased being simply a distribution medium for text and images, and has become a development and execution environment for sophisticated applications. The current state of application development in the Web environment is characterized by anarchy and ad hoc methodologies. It lacks effective ways and techniques for ensuring the integrity and maintainability of the system. Consequently, there is a growing concern that we will face increasingly worse problems throughout the lifecycle of large-scale Web applications.

A move to sophisticated applications has exposed an impedance mismatch between the models represented in the hypermedia world at the conceptual, navigational and presentation levels of abstraction and the complex and dynamic Web applications with procedural, event-oriented, OO and client-server capabilities. There is an immediate need for an effective methodology for developing such web applications that can integrate CGI scripts, servlets, databases, HTML files with embedded scripts, distributed objects, etc. at both client and server sides. XML, DOM, and RDF are emerging as important contributors to the growing maturity of the Web. Even so, it remains a challenge to apply these technologies to achieving common grounds between the diverse application development environments.

This workshop is concerned with the establishment and use of sound scientific, engineering and management principles to the successful building and deployment of dependable Web-based systems and applications. The workshop aims to bring together  researchers and research groups involved in the design and implementation of innovative methodologies, tools, environments, and prescriptive guidelines that can address the actual needs of complex Web application development.


Leon Shklar is the Director of R&D at Information Architects. He is also a part-time lecturer at the Computer Science department at the Rutgers University in New Jersey. Leon has chaired the workshop on Internet Middleware and Data Modeling at the WWW7 Conference, the workshop on Object Oriented Web Servers and Data Modeling at the WWW6 Conference and the workshop on Web Access to Legacy Data at the WWW4 Conference. He also presented a tutorial on Web Access to Legacy Data at the WWW5 Conference in Paris, France.

Joseph G. Davis is currently Associate Professor of Information Systems and Director of the Decision Systems Laboratory at the University of Wollongong, Wollongong, NSW, Australia. He has previously served on the Information Systems faculties at The University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand and Indiana University, Bloomington, IN. His research interests span information modelling, web databases and the design and implementation of complex application systems to support managerial decisions and engineering design.

San Murugesan is on the faculty of the Department of Computing and Information Systems at the University of Western Sydney Macarthur, Australia. He is a founding-member and a mentor of the Web-based Information Systems and Methodologies (WebISM) Research Group. His current research and teaching interests include: Web Engineering, Internet and Web-based applications, Electronic Commerce, Intelligent Systems, Intelligent agents, Information Retrieval, and Software Development. He created and currently maintains the WebE Home - the home of Web Engineering.

Carlos Enguix is currently pursuing a multi-disciplinary PhD at the University of Wollongong, Wollongong, NSW, Australia in Web Engineering and related topics. He is currently evaluating and researching technologies such as XML, Enterprise Java Beans, Servlets, JAVA RMI, CORBA, distributed objects, component-based software engineering, E-Commerce frameworks and architectures, etc. He is also trying to develop a universal multi-paradigm model for Web Application development suited for complex environments.

Additional Information:  http://budhi.uow.edu.au/web-engineering99/web_engineering.html

W7: Managing Intellectual Content on the Web: Use of the Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

A major challenge for publishing in all media is the adoption of a Web-based framework in which to manage intellectual content and the rights which accompany that content. Traditional methods for identifying information throughout the life of a work, such as title pages or book covers, no longer apply in the digital world -- digital content needs its own form of unique identifier that will remain persistent when ownership of information and/or location of electronic files change. New systems are required to identify, authenticate and protect content to insure that what the customer is requesting is what is being delivered and that the associated rights are protected.

To address this requirement the DOI system was launched at the Frankfurt Book Fair in October 1997 by the International DOI Foundation [IDF] as an enabler for the development of tools and services that will be critical for managing intellectual content on the Web. Since its inception the DOI has become a well-established standard for digital identification and is currently used internationally by over 50 publishing organizations. Development of tools and services which utilize the DOI is proceeding as well, including metadata and rights management applications.

The focus of this workshop will be to identify any remaining barriers to broad-based Web adoption of these services and tools; to propose activities to address these requirements; to highlight innovative DOI implementations which demonstrate the flexibility of the DOI infrastructure; and to discuss future directions. Publishers from a variety of media, librarians, and technologists will examine the issues associated with moving forward with DOI implementation. The agenda will consist of presentations, demonstrations and panel discussions designed to encourage participation from attendees.

Those planning to attend are encouraged to send email to Catherine Rey at  crey@cnri.reston.va.us  briefly indicating their general context of interest and areas of specific focus they would like to explore.


Constance McLindon has served as the Corporation for National Research Initiatives (CNRI) Director of the DOI project since its inception two and one-half years ago. She has chaired over 15 workshops and general meetings of international participants on issues related to the adoption of new, Web-based business methods.

Norman Paskin is Director of the International DOI Foundation [IDF] and has been actively involved in information identifier issues for the scientific, technical and medical publishing community. In addition to his leadership role at the IDF, he has chaired a number of NISO committees and workshops and is well-recognized within the publishing industry for his ability to obtain agreement and closure on difficult issues.

Additional Information:  http://www.doi.org/www8-workshop.html

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