It is our great pleasure to welcome you to the Eighth Workshop on Exploiting Semantic Annotations in Information Retrieval (ESAIR’15), to be held at CIKM 2015 in Melbourne, Australia, on October 23, 2015.


The amount of structured content published on the Web has been growing rapidly, making it possible to address increasingly complex information access tasks. Recent years have witnessed the emergence of large scale human-curated knowledge bases as well as a growing array of techniques that identify or extract information automatically from unstructured and semi-structured sources. The ESAIR workshop series aims to advance the general research agenda on the problem of creating and exploiting semantic annotations. The eighth edition of ESAIR, with a renewed group of organizers, sets its focus on applications. The desired result of the workshop is a roadmap and research agenda that guides academic efforts and aligns them with industrial directions and developments.


See the detailed programme (with links to the papers) here.


Maarten de Rijke
Maarten de Rijke (University of Amsterdam)
Semantic Entities
Matthew Kelcey
Matthew Kelcey (Google, Inc.)
Open and Closed Schema for Aligning Knowledge and Text Collections

Full Papers

  • Fayrouz Soualah-Alila, Cyril Faucher, Frédéric Bertrand, Mickaël Coustaty and Antoine Doucet, Applying Semantic Web Technologies for Improving the Visibility of Tourism Data
  • Cátia Moreira, João Taborda, Rosa Del Gaudio, Lara Santos and Paulo Pereira, Contextualizing data on a Content Management System
  • Ruey-Cheng Chen, Damiano Spina, Bruce Croft, Mark Sanderson and Falk Scholer, Harnessing Semantics for Answer Sentence Retrieval
  • Mohamed Gad-Elrab, Mohamed Amir Yosef and Gerhard Weikum, Named Entity Disambiguation for Resource-Poor Languages

Position Papers

  • Leslie Sikos and David Powers, Knowledge-Driven Video Information Retrieval with LOD: From Semi-Structured to Structured Video Metadata
  • Paul Martin, Antoine Doucet and Marc Spaniol, Temporal Reconciliation Based on Entity Information


  • Laura Dietz and Michael Schuhmacher, An Interface for Queripidia: Query-driven Knowledge Portfolios from the Web
  • Sarvnaz Karimi, Alejandro Metke and Anthony Nguyen, CADEminer: A System for Mining Consumer Reports on Adverse Drug Side Effects
  • Anaïs Cadilhac, Andrew Chisholm, Ben Hachey and Sadegh Kharazmi, Hugo: Entity-based News Search and Summarisation

Social Event

Following the traditions of earlier ESAIRs, the workshop concludes with a social event for further, more informal discussions among workshop participants and other CIKM attendees.

Time: from 17.30
Location: The Boatbuilders Yard
23 S Wharf Promenade, South Wharf VIC 3006

The event is sponsored by Google.


  • Krisztian Balog, University of Stavanger, Norway
  • Jeffrey Dalton, Google Research, USA
  • Antoine Doucet, University of La Rochelle, L3i Laboratory, France
  • Yusra Ibrahim, Max Planck Institute for Informatics, Saarbrücken, Germany