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Feb 26, 2007: Workshop on dynamic taxonomies and faceted search

Dave Malouf kindly forwarded an announcement of the following event; sounds pretty interesting:

FIND07—International Workshop on Dynamic Taxonomies and Faceted Search

Regensburg, Germany, September 3-7, 2007
in conjunction with DEXA 2007

Workshop Site: www.di.unito.it/~sacco/find07

Current search paradigms for the web, direct access via search engines and navigational access via static taxonomies, have recently been strongly criticized. A third approach, dynamic taxonomies or faceted search, was proposed exactly 20 years ago and is finally gaining acceptance to the extent that it is now the de facto standard in product selection for e-commerce.

Dynamic taxonomies work on multidimensional taxonomies (usually organized by facets) and provide a single, coherent visual framework in which users can focus on one or more concepts in the taxonomy, and immediately see a conceptual summary of their focus, in the form of a reduced taxonomy derived from the original one by pruning unrelated concepts. Concepts in the reduced taxonomy can be used to set additional, dependent foci and users iterate in a guided yet unconstrained way until they reach a result set sufficiently small for manual inspection.

The access paradigm supported is a conceptual exploration, far more frequent in "search" tasks than the retrieval by exact specification supported by search engines and database queries. The underlying model is simple and easily understood by users, offers substantial benefits over traditional approaches and has an extremely wide application range and a potential for important extensions.

Following the spirit of the workshop on faceted search at SIGIR 2006, this 1-day workshop will discuss all aspects of dynamic taxonomies and faceted search, from underlying technology to user interfaces and commercial use, including demo systems and applications.

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