Adaptive Hypermedia 2008
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Workshop 3: Authoring of Adaptive and Adaptable Hypermedia

Organizers: Alexandra Cristea, Rosa M. Carro
Duration: full day
Submission Deadline: April 21 (EXTENDED)
Author Notification: May 14
Camera Ready Due: June 1
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This workshop follows a successful series of workshops on the same topic: A3H at UM 2007, in Corfu, AH 2006, in Dublin, at AIED 2005, in Amsterdam, at AH 2004, in Eindhoven, and at WBE 2004 in Innsbruck.


The current workshop focuses on the issues of design, implementation and evaluation[1] of general Adaptive and Adaptable (Educational) Hypermedia, with special emphasis on three major trends in web authoring and the design and creation of web material:

  • the introduction and use of standards, especially Semantic Web related standards for authoring;
  • automatization processes in authoring;
  • use of Web 2.0 concepts and methodology in authoring.


Authoring of Adaptive Hypermedia has been long considered as secondary to adaptive hypermedia delivery. However, authoring is not trivial at all. There exist some approaches to help authors to build adaptive-hypermedia-based systems, yet there is a strong need for high-level approaches, formalisms and tools that support and facilitate the description of reusable adaptive websites. Only recently have we noticed a shift in interest (fuelled in part by this workshop series), as it became clearer that the implementation-oriented approach would forever keep adaptive hypermedia away from the 'layman' author. The creator of adaptive hypermedia cannot be expected to know all facets of this process, but can be reasonably trusted to be an expert in one of them. It is therefore necessary to research and establish the components of an adaptive hypermedia system from an authoring perspective, catering for the different author personas that are required. This type of research has proven to lead to a modular view on the adaptive hypermedia.


Therefore, important issues to discuss are, among others:

* Can adaptive hypermedia be authored based on standards only, or to what extent is this possible?

* How and to what extent can Semantic Web standards be applied in the authoring process?

* How can the authoring steps be done automatically? Which steps can be done in automatic way, and which steps need to remain manually authored?

* How can Web 2.0 concepts and methodology be used in authoring? How can semantics and ontologies be extracted from folksonomies in a useful manner?

* How can we support adaptive (or, in the educational field, pedagogic) scenarios? How can applying Semantic Web ideas, technologies and techniques support the adaptation scenarios? How can adaptivity be applied if authoring is done via Web 2.0 methods?

* How can the adaptive knowledge be formulated in a reusable manner? Are there any recurring patterns that can be detected in the authoring process generally speaking?

* How does grouping of authors or assignment of authoring roles influence the authoring process, and are there ways to optimize this?



Major Themes


* Authoring for adaptivity based on Semantic Web standards or other standards

* Authoring for adaptivity based on Web 2.0 ideas, methodology, technology, applications

* Folksonomies and Ontologies in Authoring of Adaptive Hypermedia

* Automatization in Authoring of Adaptive Hypermedia

* Design patterns for adaptive hypermedia

* Authoring group user models for adaptive/adaptable hypermedia

* Authoring in groups

* Role-based authoring

* Automatic, adaptive authoring

* Authoring pedagogic models for adaptive/adaptable educational hypermedia

* Generic authoring for adaptive/adaptable hypermedia

* Generic authoring tools in adaptive/adaptable hypermedia

* Reusable user models, group user models, and pedagogic models

* Evaluation of authoring tools for adaptive hypermedia

* Evaluation of adaptive hypermedia design patterns

* Evaluation of adaptive hypermedia authoring patterns


Target Audience and Workshop Interest


The workshop is targeted at all people working towards or just interested in state-of-the art on the discovery and use of patterns, formalisms, mechanisms and implementations that can help them to develop and author adaptive hypermedia, in educational domain and beyond. The richer the adaptation of a hypermedia-based system is, the more complex its specification needs to be. Therefore, there is a clear need of using standards, automatization, discovering patterns and developing formalisms, mechanisms or tools to facilitate and support the task of authoring adaptive hypermedia, by performing it, in some cases, (semi-)automatically. The necessity of these patterns can be as a result of authoring push or AH system interfacing or ultimately open (adaptive) hypermedia or pull. This means that patterns can emerge from repetitive structures used by AH authors; alternatively, patterns can emerge from interface programs or interface languages between different adaptive hypermedia systems, or from trying to interface to the open adaptive hypermedia. As the technology advances, and as the web standards are becoming more competitive, communities from different corners, such as Adaptive Hypermedia and Semantic Web need to be put together, to solve old problems, such as the one of Authoring of Adaptive Hypermedia. Moreover, this workshop is also targeted at people interested in the new Web 2.0 methods technologies, and in how these can be applied to push forward the authoring process, by using the force of the masses, instead of the expertise of the few (as is the case in the Semantic Web).

Thus, the target audience includes researchers and practitioners that are active in all these fields, as well as representatives of larger projects or networks dealing with these issues. We encourage this audience to submit papers to the workshop on their latest results and ideas.

Moreover, the workshop is also targeted at people who are interested to hear and discuss the state of the art and the future of this important domain of adaptive hypermedia and adaptive web authoring. We encourage them to participate actively in the discussions for which time will be especially allocated, as well as in the other interactive sections, such as questionnaires and (if possible) demos.


The workshop's main aim is to bring together researchers working or interested in the emerging fields of semantic web, Web 2.0 and adaptive hypermedia authoring. We expect to extract and discuss these merge of research and application directions, as well as see their implementations and evaluations, encouraging the transition towards standard extensions and improvements in the field.

Participants are expected to leave with a better knowledge of the state of the art of the field, as well as to have a fruitful brain-storming session generating new ideas and opening new paths.

Results of the discussions and questionnaire processing will be posted after the workshop on-line on the workshop site, as is the case with the previous editions of this workshop.


We welcome discussion proposals as well as research papers. Papers accepted for the workshop will be published in the workshop proceedings of the AH'2008 conference (online, as well as on paper).

Full papers: 8-10 pages
- original mature research results
Short papers: 4 pages
- original ongoing research
Posters: 2 pages
- original ongoing research or research ideas of visual nature

All submissions must be formatted according to Springer LNCS guidelines and submitted as informed by the AH2008 website.
All submissions will undergo a thorough reviewing and refereeing process in order to decide on acceptance.

The submissions should be in the format of Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS).
Please check for instructions on how to prepare submissions.

Send your submissions to all following two emails, with subject "A3H submission": and

IMPORTANT: Selected papers will also be invited for a Special Issue in a selected journal!

[1] In the sense of evaluation of design and implementation/authoring

User Modeling Inc. Leibniz University Hanover L3S Research Center Adaptive Hypermedia 2008 Conference Website
Eelco Herder (L3S Research Center, Hannover, Germany)