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Call for Papers

Special Topic Issue of JASIS

XML and Information Retrieval

The next Special Topics Issue of the Journal of the American Society for Information Science (JASIS) is scheduled to come out in mid-2001 on the topic of XML and Information Retrieval. The guest editors for this special issue will be Ricardo Baeza-Yates of Universidad de Chile, and David Carmel, Yoelle Maarek and Aya Soffer from IBM Research Lab in Haifa, Israel.

XML - the eXtensible Markup Language has recently emerged as a new standard for data representation and exchange on the Internet. It is widely believed that it will become a universal format for data exchange on the Web and that in the near future we will find vast amounts of documents in XML format on the Web. As a result, it has become crucial to address the question of how can we efficiently query and search large corpora of XML documents.

To date, most work on storing, indexing, querying, and searching documents in XML has stemmed from the database community's work on semistructured data. An alternative approach, which has received less attention to date, is to view XML documents as a collection of text documents with additional tags and relations between these tags. Integrating IR and XML search techniques will enable more sophisticated search on the structure as well as the content of these documents, while leveraging the success of IR techniques in document similarity ranking and keyword search.

Specific topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

The guest editors seek papers that discuss research in the area of XML and Information Retrieval.

Inquiries can be made to the guest editors at carmel@il.ibm.com.

Manuscript submissions (four copies of full articles) should be addressed to:

Professor Ricardo Baeza-Yates
Departamento de Ciencias de la Computación
Universidad de Chile
Blanco Encalada 2120
Santiago 6511224
CHILE
+56 2 689-2736 or 678-4365 voice
+56 2 689-5531 or 671-2799 fax
rbaeza@ddc.uchile.cl

David Carmel
IBM Research Lab in Haifa
MATAM, Advanced Technology Center
Haifa, 31905
ISRAEL
+972 4 829 6223 voice
+972 4 829 6114 fax
carmel@il.ibm.com

Yoelle Maarek
IBM Research Lab in Haifa
MATAM, Advanced Technology Center
Haifa, 31905
ISRAEL
+972 4 829 6336 voice
+972 4 829 6114 fax
yoelle@il.ibm.com

Aya Soffer
IBM Research Lab in Haifa
MATAM, Advanced Technology Center
Haifa, 31905
ISRAEL
+972 4 829 6369 voice
+972 4 829 6114 fax
ayas@il.ibm.com

The deadline for accepting manuscripts for consideration for publication in this special issue is Dec 15, 2000. All manuscripts will be reviewed by a select panel of referees, and those accepted will be published in a special issue of JASIS. Original artwork and a signed copy of the copyright release form will be required for all accepted papers.

A copy of the call for papers will be available on the World Wide Web, as is further information about JASIS, at http://www.asis.org/.



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