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Estimating the Impact of Web Technology Conferences

November 27th, 2011, by Tim Finin, posted in CS, Semantic Web, Web


WWW, ISWC and WebDB are the top Web conferences based on Microsoft Academic Search citation data.

Last week HCI researcher Antti Oulasvirta has an interesting post on ranking HCI conferences using the average citations per paper based on data from Microsoft Academic Search (MAS). Some of the results surprised him, including that the venerable CHI was not the top conference in this group. His ranking metric for conference significance is essentially the impact factor used for journals, a measure of the average number of citations a paper in a given journal receives in a time period. The IF metric has become widely used in the scholarly journal publication industry since it was defined by Eugene Garfield and first implemented by the company he founded, the Institute for Scientific Information.

Microsoft Academic Search provides citation and publication numbers for conferences in sixteen different subjects domains and a number of sub-domains for each. For computer science, there are 24 sub-domains including one for “World Wide Web” conferences. Following Oulasvirta, we ranked Web technology conferences using the average number of citations received in the last ten years. Starting with 68 Web technology conferences in the MAS collection (not a complete list, btw), I narrowed the set to those that had at least 100 papers in the past ten years and some papers in the past five. This resulted in 26 conferences, eliminating many series that only ran a few times or have stopped. Here are the results.

The results should only be taken as a rough estimate of conference impact. One reason is that IF is only a measure and does not take into account all aspects of scientific importance. For example, as computed here, all citations count equally, including those from high- and low-ranking sources. Another is that while Thompson-Reuters (nee ISI) journal citation data is carefully collected and curated, the Microsoft Academic Search data is the result of a largely automated process that starts with data from Bing. When I tried using the citation information from the past five years, for example, I noted that it reported 23 papers in the past five years for Adaptive Hypermedia and Adaptive Web-Based Systems. This is because the conference merged with User Modeling in 2009 to become User Modeling, Adaptation, and Personalization. Yet another shortcoming is that the MAS list of Web conferences in not complete, for example, omitting the popular ESWC, which has been running since 2004.

The original excel spreadsheet (with full conference names hidden in column B) and a PDF version are available.

SWSA seeks ISWC 2012 bids, 11th Int. Semantic Web Conf.

September 6th, 2010, by Tim Finin, posted in Semantic Web

Semantic WebThe Semantic Web Science Association (SWSA) is seeking statements of interest from organizations or consortia interested in hosting the 11th International Semantic Web Conference, ISWC 2012. The conference series moves regularly between the Americas, Europe, and the Asia/Pacific region and we expect that the 2012 edition will be held in the US Americas in late October or early November 2012.

Organizations wishing to host ISWC 2012 should contact SWSA President Professor James Hendler (swsa-president@aifb.uni-karlsruhe.de) who will work with the SWSA members who are co-ordinating the bidding process for ISWC 2012.

The process comprises two stages. During the first stage, statements of interest are solicited through an open call that request responses using a simple form. Once the first phase is complete, SWSA will shortlist a number of applications, who will be invited to submit a full proposal, using a standard form and budget template. More information about the ISWC Conference Series and the bidding process for hosting a conference in the series can be found in the ISWC Conference Guide.

The important dates for applying to host a Conference in 2012 are:

  • September 30, 2010: Deadline for receiving statements of interest
  • November 15, 2010: Notifications to shortlisted bids are sent out
  • January 15, 2011: Formal applications received from shortlisted bids
  • March 1, 2011: SWSA decides on location for the 2012 Conference

CFP: IEEE Intelligence and Security Informatics

November 7th, 2008, by Tim Finin, posted in Security

The ISI 2009 call for papers is out with deadlines of 20 January 2009 for papers and 20 February for tutorials or workshops proposals.

Intelligence and Security Informatics (ISI) has been established as an interdisciplinary subject that focuses on the development and use of advanced information technologies, including methodologies, models and algorithms, infrastructure, systems, and tools, for local, national/international, and global security related applications through an integrated technological, organizational, behavioral, and policy based approach.

This year’s conference will be held in Richardson, Texas (in the Dallas Area), 8-11 June 2009. The annual IEEE ISI series was started in 2003, and the first five meetings were held in Tucson (twice), Atlanta, San Diego, New Brunswick, respectively, in the United States. The sixth (2008) meeting was held in Taipei with significant international participation. Several regional ISI conferences/workshops have also been held in Pacific Asia and Europe in recent years. These ISI conferences and workshops have brought together academic researchers, law enforcement and intelligence experts, information technology consultants and practitioners to discuss research and practice related to various ISI topics. The themes of the 2009 IEEE ISI conference will cover context-aware data analysis, effective counterterrorism, and public education on cybercrime detection.