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4 January 2005 / erikduval

Workshop on Interoperability of Web-Based Educational Systems

Workshop on Interoperability of Web-Based Educational Systems

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

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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