As more and more data becomes available on the web, searching for it becomes an increasingly important, timely topic. The web hosts a whole range of new data species, published in structured and semi-structured formats - from web markup using schema.org and web tables to open government data portals, knowledge bases such as Wikidata and scientific data repositories. Just like any other resources on the web, data benefits from network effects - it becomes more useful, and creates more value, when it is discoverable.
The opportunities to share and establish links between different perspectives on search and discovery for different kinds of data are significant and can inform the design of a wide range of information retrieval technologies, including search engines, recommender systems and conversational agents. We will seek contributions and encourage interactions to discuss how principles, techniques and experiences could be applied across research elds that so far have mostly pursued related data search questions in isolation. We see a large space for discussion and future research in the development of federated data discovery and search technologies, which leverages the most recent advances in information retrieval, Semantic Web and databases, and is mindful of human factors.
The aim of the workshop is to be a venue to present and exchange ideas and experiences for discovering and searching all types of structured or semi-structured datasets and to discuss how concepts and lessons learned from academic search, entity search, digital libraries, and web search could be transferred to data search scenarios. We want to facilitate a discussion around data search across formats and domain-specific applications. We envision the workshop as a forum for researchers and practitioners from various disciplines to come together and discuss common challenges and identify synergies for joint initiatives.
DATA:SEARCH’18 is not meant to be a mini-conference, but a highly interactive event.
Workshop papers due:
May 4, 2018   May 11, 2018
Workshop paper notifications: May 25, 2018
Camera-ready deadline for workshop papers: June 8, 2018
Workshop Day: July 12, 2018
We encourage short papers (4 pages), position papers (2 pages) as well as demo submissions (1 page plus online demo).
Submissions of workshop papers must be in English, in PDF format, and should not exceed the appropriate length requirements in the current ACM two-column conference format. Submissions must describe work that is not previously published, not accepted for publication elsewhere, and not currently under review elsewhere.
We will follow a single-blind process with at least two reviewers per paper. Papers will be evaluated according to their significance, originality, technical content, style, clarity, relevance to the workshop, and likelihood of generating discussion. All papers are to be submitted via Easychair.
|1:30-2:30|| Introduction + Keynote:
Krisztian Balog - Table Retrieval and Generation
Recognizing Quantity Names for Tabular Data
by Yang Yi, Zhiyu Chen, Jeff Heflin and Brian Davison
|3:30-4:30|| Lightning talks:
Philipp Mayr - Searching beyond datasets in the Social Sciences
Emilia Kacprzak - Discussing data search queries
Brian Davison - Searching for datasets
Jamie Callan - Scientific table search using keyword queries
'data search versus document search'
|4:30-5:00||Summary of discussion & call to action|