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Call for Papers: Workshop on Interoperability of Web-Based Educational Systems

by Fridolin Wild, 1. 2. 2005

Chiba, Japan, May 10, 2005, in conjunction with the 14th International World Wide Web Conference


Workshop Outline

Nowadays learning resources are increasingly available via web-based educational systems, such as learning (content) management systems, electronic market places for learning materials and courses, or knowledge repositories. With the dawn of various specialised e-learning tools, learning resources became more and more stored in closed environments, restricting accessibility to a closed user community. While standardization bodies and consortia such as ADL, CEN/ISSS, IEEE, IMS, and ISO have already identified the need for interoperability of web-based educational systems, learners' choices to fill a particular knowledge gap are in many cases still limited to the offers of the system they are registered at.

Recently, researchers have started to focus in these issues in more depth. Web technologies have appeared as promising approaches where XML, RDF, Web query languages, and ontology-based data integration approaches became essential ingredients of this infrastructure.

This workshop will bring together researchers and interoperability experts from different communities (E-learning, Information Systems, Database, Semantic Web) interested in making educational systems interoperable. The workshop will deliver a state-of-the-art overview of successful interoperability cases and will provide guidelines for future research.


Workshop topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

* Repository interoperability (query, replication and access)
* Distributed learner profile
* Query languages interoperability
* Cross-organizational learning-related workflows
* Distributed access of learning objects
* Interoperability interfaces
* Metadata models for heterogeneous learning resources
* Ontologies for interoperable educational systems
* Metadata mapping
* Federated search in educational systems
* Peer-to-peer networks in Education
* Interoperability use cases
* Experience reports of interoperable educational systems
* Design of application program interface
* Standards for interoperability
* Business models for interoperable systems
* Adhoc networks for Education


As well as full research papers describing completed research, we welcome position papers describing proposed research, so long as they are well-argued, fully-justified and contain some preliminary results. We also seek demonstration papers outlining practical work in this field.

Submissions must conform to the ACM formatting guidelines for WWW2005 (follow the instructions for "Formatting your Paper") and must not exceed 8 pages (for research papers) and 4 pages (for demo papers), including all text, references, appendices, and figures. Submissions must be in Portable Document Format (PDF).

Selected papers will be fast-tracked for publication in a special issue of IEEE TCLT's Journal of Educational Technology & Society ( scheduled for April 2006.

To submit your paper, please email a PDF copy of your paper to

[email protected].

For papers with multiple authors, the sender of the email should be the contact person.

For accepted papers, at least one author is expected to participate in the workshop. Registration for the workshop is via the WWW2005 website. The organizers reserve the right to withdraw from the proceedings a paper whose authors do not attend the workshop. If you have any questions, please contact one of the chairs (see below for contact details).

* Submissions due: February 28, 2005
* Notification for acceptance: March 20, 2005
* Camera ready due: April 6, 2005


The workshop will be held at the 14th International World Wide Web Conference on 10 May, 2005 in Chiba, Japan

Organizing Committee
* Daniel Olmedilla, L3S Research Center and Hanover University
* Nobuo Saito, Keio University
* Bernd Simon, Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration

Program Committee

* Lorna M. Campbell, University of Stathclyde
* Stefano Ceri, Politecnico Milano
* Hiroaki Chiyokura, Keio University
* Peter Dolog, L3S and University of Hanover
* Matthew J. Dovey, Oxford University
* Erik Duval, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
* Norm Friesen, Research Centre, Athabasca University
* Marek Hatala, Simon Fraser University
* Mitsuru Ikeda, Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research
* Kinshuk K Kinshuk, Massey University
* Seok-Choon Lew, Yonsei University
* Nobuyau Makoshi, Tokyo Institute of Technology
* Massimo Marchiori, World Wide Web Consortium
* Makiko Miwa, National Institute of Multimedia Education
* Ambjörn Naeve, Kungl. Tekniska Högskolan (KTH)
* Wolfgang Nejdl, L3S and University of Hanover
* Gustaf Neumann, Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration
* Juan Quemada, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid
* Daniel R. Rehak, Carnegie Mellon University
* Simos Retalis, University of Piraeus
* Demetrios Sampson, Centre for Research and Technology Hellas
* Ruimin Shen, Shanghai Jiaton University
* Michael Sintek, German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI)
* Kinya Tamaki, Aoyama Gakuin University
* Jeffrey D. Ullman, Stanford University
* Frans Van Assche, European Schoolnet
* John Williams, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


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