Adaptive Hypermedia 2008
Workshops  > Adaptation for the Social Web 
Workshop 2: Adaptation for the Social Web
Organizers: Rosta Farzan, Jill Freyne, David Millen
1/2 day

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The Social Web can be defined as a network similar to today's World Wide Web, linking people, organization, and concepts rather than documents. The main principle behind the Social Web is to harness the collective wisdom of communities of users. Over the last few years, we have observed the growth of several Social Web technologies. Social tagging, social networking, social search, social navigation, collaborative sharing and publishing are examples of these technologies. The technologies have been implemented in social systems such as Facebook (social networking), LiveJournal (blog), (social bookmarking). They are all categorised by their user contributed information and knowledge in the form of user created content and user feedback.

Growth of social systems and abundance of user created information highlight the importance of adaptation and personalization. Collective information distilled by social technologies is an excellent source for adaptation reasoning. While a set of classical community based adaptation technologies can be applied in social systems, the experience can enrich adaptive hypermedia in return. The goal of this workshop is to study the challenges of adaptation in the Social Web, and influences of the Social Web research on AH and vice versa.

This workshop is third in the series, following the successful workshop on Social Navigation and Community Based Adaptation Technologies held in conjunction with AH2006, and SociUM: Adaptation and Personalisation in Social Systems: Groups, Teams, Communities held in conjunction with UM 2007.

The workshop invites full and short papers as well as demonstrations.

The focus of the workshop includes but is not restricted to

  • Social authority and community structure
  • Economy of community-based systems: encouraging users to contribute and sustaining participation.
  • Harnessing social networks in information retrieval and discovery
  • Exploiting implicit and explicit feedback in social systems
  • Group adaptation algorithms
  • Group-oriented collaborative recommendation technologies
  • Combinatorial approaches
  • Social search and browsing
  • Visualising small-world/scale-free networks
  • Fraud detection on the Social Web
  • Evaluation of community-based adaptation techniques
  • Identifying online communities


  1. What are the challenges of applying adaptation technologies in social systems?
  2. How collective user created content can enrich adaptation technologies?
  3. How adaptation will affect the future of the Social Web?

Important dates

Submission deadline: April 14 - Extended April 21st
Notification to Authors: May 14
Camera Ready Papers Due: June 1

Submission Guidelines

We invite work at all stages of development. Papers can describe applied systems, emprical results or theoretically grounded positions, and can address any aspects of adaptation for the social Web.

All papers are expected to follow the general AH 2008 submission guidelines. Papers must comply with the LNCS formatting instruction (Springer author guidelines).Full papers with up to 10 pages and short papers with up to 4 pages are accepted for the workshop.

Papers will be peer reviewed by the workshop organizing committee. Accepted papers will be included in the workshop proceedings and will be published on the workshop webpage. Please send your paper via email (only .doc, .rtf, or .pdf) to Rosta Farzan ( and Jill Freyne (

Program committee

  • Barry Smyth, University College Dublin, Ireland
  • Shlomo Berkovsky, University of Melbourne.
  • Scott Bateman, University of Saskatchewan, Canada.
  • Peter Brusilovsky, University of Pittsburgh, USA.
  • Robin Burke, De Paul University, USA.
  • Joan DiMicco, IBM, USA
  • Jon Dron, Athabasca University, Canada
  • Max Harper , University of Minnesota, USA.
  • Jaako Kurhila, University of Helsinki, Finland
  • Alan Smeaton, Dublin City University, Ireland
User Modeling Inc. Leibniz University Hanover L3S Research Center Adaptive Hypermedia 2008 Conference Website
Eelco Herder (L3S Research Center, Hannover, Germany)