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Call For Papers - Special Issue SUBMISSION DUE DATE: August 20, 2011


Guest Editors: Alessandro Bozzon, Politecnico di Milano, Italy Sara Comai, Politecnico di Milano, Italy Moira Norrie, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

INTRODUCTION: Recent years witnessed a proliferation of semi-structured, structured, and semantically annotated data on the Web: an increasing amount of individuals, public organization and enterprises, is currently publishing information for free usage. The nature and the abundance of such structured data shifts the nature of user interactions, where models based on navigation of documents are replaced by paradigms that leverage the exploration of object repositories; in such a context, providing a satisfactory user experience has proven to be a challenging task for application developers. In addition, as the richness and value of data also increases, Web applications must provide users with visualizations and interaction paradigms that leverage properties such as the underlying data relationships, source type, provenance, and quality. Contextually, the availability of a wide spectrum of high-level data integration tools - such as mash-up platforms – has offered to developers (and to end users) several means for the integration of such data, enabling novel applications and business scenario. The usage of the Web as a common publication, mediation, aggregation, and consumption platform decreased the existing gap between Web and enterprise applications, which often leverage common data integration methodologies and tools. As a consequence, a deeper understanding of data integration, visualization and user interaction issues is becoming more and more compelling in applications design and development. In order to tackle the new challenges provided by a Web of Data, data integration, visualization and user interaction methodologies and tools need to be revised to effectively manage the design and the interaction application with information.

OBJECTIVE OF THE SPECIAL ISSUE: The objective of this special issue is to review recent works that address state-of-the-art of analysis and design techniques on how to create effective Web applications where the integration, visualization and interaction with data is a main concern, as well as the application of assessed methods and techniques to existing design and development environments.

RECOMMENDED TOPICS: Topics to be discussed in this special issue include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Integration and visualization of heterogeneous data on the Web
  • Interfaces for Web-scale and large-scale data repositories search and exploration
  • Linked Data visualization and exploration
  • Taxonomies and ontologies for data visualization
  • Lightweight (semantic) metadata or knowledge integration
  • Conceptual models for data visualization and exploration
  • Data visualization for next-generation mobile devices
  • Studies on quality, usability, effectiveness of data visualization techniques
  • Innovative uses of tag clouds
  • Ambient information displays
  • Data visualization for large screens and interactive tablets
  • Augmented reality and cross-media interfaces
  • Visualizations for multimodal interaction
  • Tools for Web data visualizations
  • Applications: Search, Semantic Web, Social Web and Web 2.0, Adaptive and personalized Web applications, SaaS, Business Intelligence, Data Warehouse

SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit papers for this special theme issue on Visualization and Integration in Enterprises and on the Web on or before August 20, 2011. All submissions must be original and may not be under review by another publication. INTERESTED AUTHORS SHOULD CONSULT THE JOURNAL’S GUIDELINES FOR MANUSCRIPT SUBMISSIONS at http://www.igi-global.com/authorseditors/authoreditorresources/journaldevelopmentresources.aspx. All submitted papers will be reviewed on a double-blind, peer review basis. Papers must follow APA style for reference citations.

ABOUT INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND WEB ENGINEERING (IJITWE): This journal is an official publication of the Information Resources Management Association www.igi-global.com/ijitwe Editors-in-Chief: Ghazi I. Alkhatib, Princess Sumaya University for Technology, Jordan and Ernesto Damiani, University of Milan, Italy Published: Quarterly (both in Print and Electronic form) since 2006.

INDICES: Burrelle's Media Directory, Cabell's Directory, Compendex (Elsevier Engineering Index), CSA Illumina. DBLP, Gale Directory of Publication & Broadcast Media, GetCited, Google Scholar, The Index of Information Systems Journals, INSPEC, MediaFinder, SCOPUS, The Standard Periodical Directory, and Ulrich's Periodicals Directory.

All submissions should be directed to the attention of: Alessandro Bozzon, Sara Comai, Moira Norrie Guest Editors INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND WEB ENGINEERING E-mails: alessandro.bozzon@polimi.it, sara.comai@polimi.it, norrie@inf.ethz.ch