Thursday, February 26, 2009

Exploitation of Usage and Attention Metadata (EUAM 09)


Exploitation of Usage and Attention Metadata (EUAM 09)

One-day workshop organised as part of Informatik 2009 (, Sep 28 - Oct 2, 2009 in Lübeck, Germany


Workshop Purpose and Topics:

Information systems provide an almost unlimited number of information in numerous environments. Users in diverse contexts need support to deal with the new challenges in information acquisition and use. Today, such support is rather limited as it does not take into account the user’s tasks and goals. A promising way of dealing with this challenge is provided by approaches that determine adequacy and relevance on the basis of the user’s actual behaviour and attention as recorded in server log files or on the individual user’s computers. Frameworks and data formats – like the Contextualized Attention Metadata (CAM) format – have been developed for capturing, storing, exchanging and analyzing metadata on usage and attention. However, the effective exploitation of such metadata is still a desideratum, specifically in the more life science oriented research directions (medical staff, for example, can neither afford a lack of information nor an overflow with irrelevant information in emergency cases). Another example is the application of personal learning environments in higher and lifelong education where individual educational support is scarce. The workshop objective is to discuss new ways of exploiting usage and attention metadata in different application areas like technology enhanced learning, recommender systems, collaborative systems, etc.

The workshop deals with the generation and exploitation of usage and attention metadata for attention aware systems. Topics of interest include (but are not limited to) the following:

   1. Capturing attention metadata

          * Secure exchange of usage and attention metadata

          * Attention metadata sources 

   2. Representing attention metadata

   3. Frameworks for capturing, storing and analyzing usage and attention metadata

   4. Analyzing attention metadata

          * Combining semantic metadata with usage/attention metadata

          * Contextualizing usage and attention metadata

          * Detection of users’ tasks, goals and intentions based on their behaviour

          * Attention based task support

          * Identification of preferences

          * Identification of skills and competencies

          * Mental and emotional states recognition

          * Generation of usage-based document profiles

          * Attention and usage based recommender systems, determining relevancy and informativity of data

          * Generation of user profiles and social network analysis 

Addressees and Workshop Format:

The workshop aims to bring together researchers and practitioners from relevant disciplines (digital libraries, information systems, personalization, attention aware systems, user modeling, social systems, psychology, linguistic pragmatics, sociology, technology enhanced learning etc.) who work on capturing and analyzing usage and attention metadata. While focusing on the German research communities, which are already rather fragmented, the workshop encourages submissions from all world-wide relevant research communities. Therefore, the workshop language will be English. The workshop will foster the cross-fertilization between application areas and aid the technology transfer from basic research into practice.

Submission Details:

Authors are invited to submit full papers not exceeding 6 pages until April 26, 2009. Further details will be given soon on the workshop-webpage at For questions regarding the submission procedure, please contact Hans-Christian Schmitz ( Submissions will be reviewed by the workshop's program committee.

Participants must register for Informatik 2009 (only for the day of the workshop).

Workshop Proceedings:

Accepted papers will be published in the Proceedings of Informatik 2009 which will appear as a volume of the 'Lecture Notes in Informatics (LNI)'. Further information can be found at

Important Dates:

    * Apr 26, 2009: Submission of full papers

    * May 25, 2009: Notification of acceptance

    * July 1, 2009: Camera-ready papers

    * Sept 29, 2009: Workshop 

Program Committee:

    * Mohamed Amine Chatti, RWTH Aachen

    * Dr. Eelco Herder, L3S Research Center

    * Prof. Dr. Thomas Kirste, University of Rostock

    * Dr. Stefanie Lindstädt, Know Center Graz

    * Dr. Jobst Löffler, Fraunhofer IAIS

    * Martin Memmel, DFKI

    * Dr. Jehad Najjar, Synergetics

    * Prof. Dr. Claudia Roda, American University Paris

    * Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schade, FGAN FKIE

    * Dr. Hans-Christian Schmitz, Fraunhofer FIT

    * Sven Schwarz, DFKI

    * Prof. Dr. Marcus Specht, Open University Netherlands

    * Kai Eckert, University of Mannheim

    * Dr. Martin Wolpers, Fraunhofer FIT 

Workshop Organisers:

    * Dr. Hans-Christian Schmitz, Fraunhofer FIT

    * Dr. Martin Wolpers, Fraunhofer FIT


Wednesday, February 25, 2009

The future of the training department

A nice article by Harold Jarche and Jay Cross on "the future of the training department". The related slides are available here.

I totally agree with Harold and Jay that the line between learning and knowledge work is blurring and that we do need  a new model for "training". But, I would like to question the necessity of having training departments. I don't think that training departments have a future. I rather believe that training departments can/will be replaced by our personal knowledge networks (PKNs) which, unlike training departments, span across institutional boundaries. Our PKNs can lead us to valuable knowledge needed for self-directed learning. Our PKNs can also help us identify connections, recognize patterns, see the whole picture, learn throughout our life, and thus survive in a rapidly changing world.

In my opinion, management's job - if we still insist to have management - is to help us build and widen our PKN circles to embrace new knowledge nodes that can help us learn/work.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Assessment in Education

The recording of the wrapup conversation for CCK08 is now available... 

I'd like here to briefly comment on George Siemens' view on assessment in education. According to George "assessment should be seen as matching patterns: what the learner knows and what she/he needs to know in order to achieve a degree/certificate". This sounds pretty much similar to what Vygotsky calls "Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD)". 

Vygotsky distinguishes between two developmental levels:

- The level of actual development is the level of development that the learner has already reached.

- The level of potential development is the level of development that the learner is capable of reaching.

I believe that the "level of potential development" or in George's terms "what she/he needs to know in order to achieve a degree/certificate" can never be fully predetermined or predicted, given the complexity of learning. In my opinion, we do need a more open assessment model that brings together informal learning, lifelong learning, self-organized learning, and networked learning. Maybe something between self-assessment and peer-assessment (net-assessment)...

Friday, February 20, 2009

From Command & Control to Collaboration

An interview with John Chambers, CEO of Cisco Systems, talking about the transition from command and control to collaboration. Read also a related blogpost by Oliver Marks.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

MIT Students Turn Internet Into a Sixth Human Sense - Video

Students at the MIT Media Lab have developed a wearable computing system that turns any surface into an interactive display screen...(Read more about the prototype on the Wired blog)

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Serialized Feeds

In this article, Stephen Downes presents the details of his new interesting project: Serialized Feeds. According to Stephen:

serialized feed is one in which posts are arranged in a linear order and where subscribers always begin with the first post, no matter when they subscribe to the feed. This contrasts with an ordinary RSS feed, in which a subscriber will begin with today's post, no matter when the feed started.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Quotes by Steve Jobs

Via Bertrand Duperrin.

Some quotes by Steve Jobs...

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

A Portal to Media Literacy by Michael Wesch

A video of a nice talk by Michael Wesch on Media Literacy.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Visualization of Obama's Inauguration Speech

Visualization of Obama's Inauguration speech by Brandy Agerbeck.

Monday, February 09, 2009

E-Learning 2009

CALL FOR PAPERS - Deadline for submissions (extension): 9 March 2009

Algarve, Portugal, 17 to 20 June 2009
part of the IADIS Multi Conference on Computer Science and Information Systems(MCCSIS 2009)
Algarve, Portugal, 17 to 23 June 2009  

* Keynote Speakers (confirmed):
Professor Hermann Maurer, Graz University of Technology, Austria
Jay Cross, Internet Time Group, Berkeley, California, USA

* Invited speaker (confirmed):
Catherine McLoughlin, Australian Catholic University, Canberra, Australia

* Conference background and goals
The IADIS e-Learning 2009 conference aims to address the main issues of concern within e-Learning. This conference covers both technical as well as the non-technical aspects of e-Learning. The conference accepts submissions in the following seven main areas: Organisational 
Strategy and Management Issues; Technological Issues; e-Learning Curriculum Development Issues; Instructional Design Issues; e-Learning Delivery Issues; e-Learning Research Methods and Approaches; e-Skills and Information Literacy for Learning (please see below).

* Format of the Conference 
The conference will comprise of invited talks and oral presentations. The proceedings of the conference will be published in the form of a book and CD-ROM with ISBN, and will be available also in the IADIS Digital Library (accessible on-line).

* Best Papers
Selected authors of best papers will be invited to submit extended versions of their papers to selected journals (i.e. IADIS International Journal on Computer Science and Information Systems - ISSN: 1646-3692) including journals from INDERSCIENCE Publishers.

* Types of submissions 
Full and Short Papers, Reflection Papers, Posters/Demonstrations, Tutorials, Panels and Doctoral Consortium. All submissions are subject to a blind refereeing process.

* Topics related to e-Learning are of interest. These include, but are not limited
to the following areas and topics: 

Organisational Strategy and Management Issues (main area)
- Higher and Further Education
- Primary and Secondary Education
- Workplace Learning
- Vocational Training
- Home Schooling
- Distance Learning
- Blended Learning
- Change Management
- Educational Management
- Continuous Professional Development (CPD) for Educational and Training Staff 
- Return on e-Learning Investments (ROI)

Technological Issues (main area)
- Learning Management Systems (LMS)
- Managed Learning Environments (MLEs)
- Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs)
- Computer-Mediated Communication (CMC) Tools
- Social Support Software
- Architecture of Educational Information Systems Infrastructure
- Security and Data Protection
- Learning Objects
- XML Schemas and the Semantic Web
- Web 2.0 Applications

e-Learning Curriculum Development Issues (main area)
- Philosophies and Epistemologies for e-learning
- Learning Theories and Approaches for e-learning
- e-Learning Models
- Conceptual Representations
- Pedagogical Models
- e-Learning Pedagogical Strategies
- e-Learning Tactics
- Developing e-Learning for Specific Subject Domains

Instructional Design Issues (main area)
- Designing e-Learning Settings
- Developing e-Learning Pilots and Prototypes
- Creating e-Learning Courses
   - Collaborative learning
   - Problem-based learning
   - Inquiry-based learning
   - Blended learning
   - Distance learning
- Designing e-Learning Tasks
   - E-learning activities
   - Online Groupwork
   - Experiential learning
   - Simulations and Modelling
   - Gaming and edutainment
   - Creativity and design activities
   - Exploratory programming

e-Learning Delivery Issues (main area)
- e-Delivery in different contexts
   - Higher and Further Education
   - Primary and Secondary Schools
   - Workplace Learning
   - Vocational Training
   - Distance Learning
- Online Assessment
- Innovations in e-Assessment
- e-Moderating
- e-Tutoring
- e-Facilitating
- Leadership in e-Learning Delivery
- Networked Information and Communication Literacy Skills
- Participation and Motivation in e-Learning

e-Learning Research Methods and Approaches (main area)
- Action Research
- Design Research
- Course and Programme Evaluations
- Systematic Literature Reviews
- Historical Analysis
- Case Studies
- Meta-analysis of Case Studies 
- Effectiveness and Impact Studies
- Evaluation of e-Learning Technologies
- Evaluation of Student and Tutor Satisfaction 
- Learning and cognitive styles
- Ethical Issues in e-learning

e-Skills and Information Literacy for Learning (main area)
- Teaching information literacy
- Electronic library and information search skills
- ICT skills education
- in schools and colleges
- for business, industry and the public sector
- in adult, community, home and prison education
- informal methods (peer groups, family)
- Education for computer-mediated communication skills
- Netiquette
- Online safety for children and vulnerable users
- Cybercrime awareness and personal prevention
- Student production of online media
- Web design
- Digital storytelling
- Web 2.0 tools
- etc.
- Digital media studies

* Important Dates:
- Submission Deadline (extension): 9 March 2009
- Notification to Authors (extension): 6 April 2009
- Final Camera-Ready Submission and Early Registration (extension): Until 27 April 2009
- Late Registration (extension): After 27 April 2009
- Conference: Algarve, Portugal, 17 to 20 June 2009

* Conference Location 
The conference will be held in Algarve, Portugal. 

* Secretariat 
Rua Sao Sebastiao da Pedreira, 100, 3 
1050-209 Lisbon, Portugal 
Web site:

* Program Committee 

e-Learning 2009 Conference Program Chairs:
Miguel Baptista Nunes, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom
Maggie McPherson, University of Leeds, United Kingdom

General MCCSIS Conference Co-Chairs:
Piet Kommers, University of Twente, The Netherlands 
Pedro Isaías, Universidade Aberta (Portuguese Open University), Portugal
Nian-Shing Chen, National Sun Yat-sen University, Taiwan

Committee Members: *
* for committee list please refer to

Friday, February 06, 2009

Twitter as a Learning Tool

Lee and Sachi LeFever on Twitter in Plain English.

Tony talks more about Twitter as a personal learning and work tool. Personally, I see Twitter more as a way to broadcast to a network rather than a learning tool...

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Progressive Education in the 1940s

- The first video is about progressive education in the 1940s. We're having a similar debate today...

- The second video is actually advertisement by Kaplan University, but stresses what we urgently do need in TEL...Change... 

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

The 2009 Horizon Report

The 2009 Horizon Report is now available (.pdf).

The annual Horizon Report is a collaborative effort between the New Media Consortium (NMC) and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI). Each year, the report identifies and describes six areas of emerging technology likely to have a significant impact on teaching, learning, or creative expression in higher education within three adoption horizons: a year or less, two to three years, and four to five years.
The areas of emerging technology cited for 2009 are:
• Mobiles (i.e., mobile devices)
• Cloud computing
• Geo-everything (i.e., geo-tagging)
• The personal web
• Semantic-aware applications
• Smart objects
Each section of the report provides live Web links to examples and additional readings.

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Knowledge Networks: The Social Software Perspective

Our paper "Social Software for Bottom-Up Knowledge Networking and Community Building" has been recently published in the book "Knowledge Networks: The Social Software Perspective" by Miltiadis Lytras, Robert Tennyson, and Patricia Ordóñez de Pablos.

Book Description:

Social networks are collections of individuals linked together by a set of relations. The linkage of social networks to people and business contexts as well as to critical government domains is important for the emerging information ecosystems of the knowledge society.

Knowledge Networks: The Social Software Perspective concentrates on strategies that exploit emerging technologies for the knowledge effectiveness in social networks. This comprehensive book delivers an excellent mix of information for readers and is a must for those thirsty for knowledge on social networks and information systems.

You can read the book via Scribd.

Knowledge Networks