*** Call for Journal Articles ***
Special Issue: LDV Forum 2008, Vol. 23(2) Title: "Automatic Genre Identification: State of the Art, Issues, and Prospects"
GUEST EDITORS: M. Santini, G. Rehm, S. Sharoff, A. Mehler
The popularity of the World Wide Web has given rise to distinct forms of information-seeking behaviour and new interaction styles, but we have not fully understood what these forms are nor their implication for the developmen of new applications to assist users in the tasks they perform online on a day-to-day basis. We believe that the concept of genre have a significant impact on the future of web information seeking and interaction, and our common goal is to explore the possibility of meeting users' needs by filtering or organizing information by genre.
There are several reasons why Automatic Genre Identification is still only a niche research area. Among others, it seems to be very difficult to agree upon a shared definition of genre, and a shared set of genre categories. Another major problem is the lack of a genre benchmark to perform objective evaluations of categorisation approaches.
>From the point of view of genre theory, the study on genres on the web
probes into the grey area at the crossing between semantics, pragmatics, and information studies. The way in which people search for genres on the web is very little explored, and only preliminary investigations are available so far.
Regardless all these difficulties, 2007 has been an important year for research on genres of digital documents. In addition to the genre minitrack at the annual Hawaii' International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS, usually held in January), three other events have added findings to genre research, namely the Colloquium "Towards a Reference Corpus of Web Genres", held in conjunction with Corpus Linguistics 2007 in Birmingham (UK), the Workshop "Towards Genre-Enabled Search Engines: The Impact of NLP" held in conjunction with RANLP 2007, at Bovorets (Bulgaria), and finally the Panel "Towards the Use of Genre to Improve Search in Digital Libraries: Where Do We Go from Here?" sponsored by SIG-CR and SIG-HCI and held in conjunction with ASIST 2007 Milwaukee, Wisconsin (USA).
This LDV special issue on genre originates from the organisers of the colloquium and the workshop mentioned in the previous paragraph. Contributors to these events are encouraged to submit fully-revised and extended articles based on their workshop papers or colloquium abstracts, enhanced with additional findings and more in-depth analyses.
***We also encourage other researchers to submit articles to the special issue.***
The main themes that we would like to focus on this issue are:
* the construction of reference corpora of web genres * the inclusion of genre classes in IR systems and automatic document categorisation * investigations on users' behavior with regards to searching by genre
CONTACT INFORMATION For questions or comments, please contact the editors at webgenres([at])gmail([dot])com.
SCHEDULE Preliminary Call for Articles: 29 October 2007 First Call for Articles: 1 December 2007 Second Call for Articles: 1 February 2008 Final Call for Articles: 1 March 2008 Submission Deadline: 31 March 2008 Notification to authors: 1 June 2008 Final versions due: 30 June 2008 Publication: Second half of 2008
SUBMISSION GUIDELINES All submissions will be peer-reviewed following the double-blind review process of LDV. Please, use the style sheet available from http://www.ldv-forum.org/index.php?modus=style_sheets&language=en.
Send your submission to webgenres([at])gmail([dot])com and specify "Submission to LDV Forum 2008, Vol. 23(2)" in the Subject line.
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