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[liberationtech] CFP: Information and Knowledge Management for Developing Regions at CIKM 2012 (Submission deadline: July 15th)

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Mon Jul 2 08:51:25 PDT 2012

From: Melody Clark <melclark at>

  (Apologies for multiple postings)

                              Call for Papers
 First International Workshop on Information and Knowledge Management For
                            Developing Regions
                      (in conjunction with CIKM 2012)
                             Maui Hawaii, USA
                             November 02, 2012

Several issues arise with management of content that is generated in
developing regions. Some result from linguistic diversity (as in India and
Africa), some result from content being available only in forms that are
more difficult to computationally manipulate (e.g., handwriting, speech,
and legacy digital text in nonstandard encodings), some result from
underinvestment in language resources for the languages of these regions,
and some result from increased contact between cultures that have different
views regarding the proper use of information and information artefacts.
Such issues warrant focussed attention if we are to optimally leverage
information and knowledge management to the advantage of populations in
developing regions.

This workshop aims to bring the data management, information retrieval, and
knowledge management communities together around questions of technology
support for societal development. Our twin goals are to help to identify
new applications for existing information and knowledge management
technologies in developing regions and to inspire new research on problems
that arise in developing region contexts. We anticipate a mix of industrial
and academic participation.

We envision three main themes for this workshop.

Components: Development of tools for low-resource languages that have the
potential to transform information and knowledge management for those
Applications: Ways of employing new and existing data management,
information retrieval and knowledge management technology to novel and
important challenges that arise in the context of developing regions.
Fostering adoption: Working together with partners from developing regions
to craft solutions that embed societal expectations and values in ways that
make it possible to achieve the envisioned impact.

The workshop seeks three types of contributions: position papers,
early-work papers and full-papers. The position papers will be distributed
in advance to participants to help participants prepare for the discussions
at the workshop. Early work papers will be presented as posters and aim to
target researchers who are new in this field. Full papers will be presented
orally at the workshop and will demonstrate the technology depth in the
area. Reviewing will not be blind: authors need to include the author names
and affiliation at the time of submission. Each paper will be reviewed by
members of the program committee for scope, novelty, technical depth, and
expected interest among workshop participants. Papers should be of 4-8
pages in length in the ACM publication format. The LaTeX and Microsoft Word
templates are available at the ACM Template site. All submissions should be
in the PDF format and should be submitted electronically through the
workshop submission web site,

Key Dates
Submission Deadline: July 15, 2012 (11:59 PM Hawaii Time)
Notification of Acceptance: August 03, 2012
Early Registration Deadline: TBA
Workshop:  9:00AM -- 5:30PM, November 02, 2012

Programme Committee (to be updated)
Josh Blumenstock, University of Washington, USA
Ken Church, IBM Research, USA
Gareth Jones, Dublin City University, Ireland
Tapan Parikh, UC Berkeley, USA
Luz Quiroga, University of Hawaii, USA
Hussein Suleman, University of Cape Town, South Africa
Jianyong Wang, Tsinghua University, China
(to be updated)

Rakesh Agrawal, Microsoft Research, USA.
Douglas W. Oard, University of Maryland, USA.
Nitendra Rajput, IBM India Research Laboratory, India.
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