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3rd International Pragmatic Web Conference Track
International Conference on Semantic Systems
2 - 4 September 2009, Messecongress|Graz, Austria
Papers will be published in JUCS conference proceedings.
Selected best papers will be invited to a forthcoming special issue
of Elsevier Data & Knowledge Engineering (www.elsevier.com/locate/datak)
on "Pragmatic Web".
Call for Papers
The PRAGMATIC WEB track is a special track within the i-Semantics
2009. It is centered around the study of "pragmatics" in the Semantic
Web. That is, it draws attention to how communicative actions with a
pragmatic context are performed via Web media and illuminates how
mutual understanding and commitments to actions can evolve in
conversations. For further information about the Pragmatic Web track
Topics of Interest
* Theories, Frameworks, Models and Methods
...inspired by Pragmatics and Pragmatism, or less formally, case study
reflections on "pragmatic" uses of the Web that supported the negotiation
of social/work relationships and common ground
* Applied pragmatic theory
* Communication, dialogue and argumentation models
* Pragmatic Web media for communicative actions
* Pragmatic collaboration and coordination tools
* Pragmatic context models (e.g. within conversation-based collaborations)
* Pragmatic design principles for Web contents where trust and commitment to
action play a role
* Vocabularies / ontologies for pragmatic primitives (e.g. speech acts,
deontic primitives, etc.)
* Linguistic metaphor: its value for framing the Syntactic, Semantic and
* Pragmatic model of scientific inquiry in Semantic Web research
* Negotiation, mediation, conflict resolution, and coordination combining
existing ontologies and schemata, collaborative ontology sharing and
* Integrative frameworks: approaches to integrating insights from component
disciplines (e.g. language-action perspectives, cognition, linguistics,
semiotics, knowledge representation, philosophy, interaction design,
negotiation, media studies)
* Pragmatic reasoning supporting adaptive semantic collaboration and virtual
* Sense making, analysis and decision-making in a cooperative or non-
cooperative pragmatic model
* Argumentation, dialogue and debate
* Personalized / role-based Pragmatic Web Agents and intelligent
conversation or action based web services
* Pragmatic Web based human-human and human-computer interaction
* Semiotically motivated approaches to information systems
* Semiotic engineering and Semiotics in business computing
* Semiotic theory, concepts, methods and techniques, and their practical
TRUST AND COMMITMENT: Whether we look at our geo-political and
environmental context, work within and between organizations, or our
local communities, there has never been a greater need for
understanding across cultural, intellectual, and other boundaries.
Whether the context is international policy, distributed teamwork, e-
business, or community mobilisation, fundamentally, people must build
trust and commitment to common goals by talking and acting together.
What role does the Web have to play in these complex processes?
GET PRAGMATIC: The study of "pragmatics" is driven by an interest in
action. It illuminates how it is that we manage to evolve mutual
understanding and commitments in conversation. Central to this
perspective is the understanding that the meaning of everything we
say and do is contextual. When contexts change, meanings change in
conversations, documents, and models of the world. This is something
that we manage fluently in face-to-face conversation, but when
working on the Web over space and time, tools must still support
adaptation to new contexts. A focus on pragmatics draws attention to
how communicative actions are performed via Web media.
THE PRAGMATIC WEB CONFERENCE TRACK at i-Semantics 2009 is a unique forum
to envision and debate how the emerging social, semantic, multimedia Web
mediates the ways in which we construct shared meaning. While there is
much research and development into topics relevant to this challenge such as
collaboration, usability, knowledge representation, and social
informatics, the Pragmatic Web conference provides common ground for
dialogue at the nexus of these topics.
WE INVITE YOU as a researcher or practitioner working on these
challenges to join the special Pragmatic Web track at the i-Semantics 2009
in September to share your work, and to come and
find out what others are doing. This is an emerging network of people
exploring the intersection of established intellectual traditions and
the fast changing Web: come and help shape the community!
* How can we better understand the usefulness, and limitations, of a
concept such as "Web Pragmatics"
* What pragmatic design principles improve websites where trust and
commitment to action are central?
* What are the tradeoffs for users of more structured Web
collaboration media? (e.g. in learnability, scaleability,
* How can participatory work practices and collaboration tools be
orchestrated in the design of the standards, data models and
ontologies that underpin data-driven Web applications?
* What role does pragmatics play in the design of personalised
information and personalised actions channelled through the Web?
* What impact (intended or unintended, productive or disruptive) do
different levels of computational infrastructure have on Web pragmatics?
* How can we clarify our understandings of increasingly important
concepts on the Web such as "social ties", "metadata", "knowledge
representation", and "transaction"?
* If "context" is pivotal in making human interaction meaningful, how
can we take context into account to improve Web applications?
All accepted papers of Pragmatic Web Conference Track at I-SEMANTICS
2009 will appear in the printed i-Semantics conference proceedings
published by the Journal of Universal Computer Science (JUCS).
Selected papers will also be invited for an extension to be published
as journal publication in the forthcoming special issue of Elsevier
Data & Knowledge Engineering (www.elsevier.com/locate/datak)
on "Pragmatic Web".
Submissions must be original and must not have been submitted for
publication elsewhere. Articles should follow the JUCS guidelines for
must be submitted via the online submission system available at the
conference website as PDF documents (other formats will not be
accepted). For the camera-ready version, we will also need the source
files (Latex, OpenOffice, Word).
Research/Application papers report on novel research and/or
applications relevant to the topics of the conference. The number of
pages of research papers is limited to 8 pages including references
and an optional appendix.
Posters, Demos & Tutorials
The conference also particularly welcomes the submission of posters,
demos, and tutorials. Submissions should consist of a 2-4 page
description that allows us to judge the quality of your presentation.
Descriptions will also be published as part of the i-Semantics
- Paper Submission Deadline: 9 March 2009
- Acceptance of Notification: to be announced
- Submission of Camera-Ready Paper: to be announced
- Conference: 2 - 4 September 2009
Pragmatic Web Conference Track Chairs
Adrian Paschke, Free University Berlin, Germany
Hans Weigand, Tilburg University, The Netherlands
(to be announced soon)
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