Call for Papers


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. Yet, the potential of rich document annotations cannot be fully realized when information needs are expressed only by short keyword queries. One main open research challenge, and opportunity, remains on the users’ side: how to encourage and allow searchers to articulate longer, semantically enriched queries? And, assuming users’ would be willing to provide additional details, what type of annotations would benefit retrieval systems the most?

The ESAIR workshop series aims to advance the general research agenda on this core problem. The eighth edition of ESAIR, with a renewed set of organizers, sets its focus on applications. We invite presentations of prototype systems in a dedicated “Annotations in Action” demo track, in addition to the regular research and position paper contributions. The desired result of the workshop is a roadmap and research agenda that guides academic efforts and aligns them with industrial directions and developments.


The workshop will bring together researchers working with semantic annotations, its use cases, its sources, its users, and its use in DB, IR, KM, or Web research, and work together on a range of open questions. Annotations come in a variety of flavors (named entities, temporal information, geo-positional markers, semantic roles, sentiment, etc.) and there is a growing repertoire of tools and techniques available for extracting these annotations automatically from text. The question then presents itself: what, if anything, is missing? We seek to answer this question by focusing on applications that are rooted in specific, real-world use cases.

Topics for the workshop include, but are not limited to:

  • Applications and use cases
    • What are use cases that make obvious the need for semantic annotation of information?
    • What tasks cannot be solved by traditional (bag-of-words) retrieval approaches?
  • Annotations
    • What types of annotation are available and what is missing?
    • Are there crucial differences between human and machine-generated annotations?
    • How should we deal with the uncertainty of annotations?
  • User interfaces and interaction
    • How to aid users in articulating powerful queries (beyond a few keywords)?
    • How to present results and interact with users in an intelligible way?
  • Evaluation
    • How to evaluate semantic annotations (component-based vs. end-to-end)?


We solicit regular research papers (4+ pages, with an expected mean of 6 pages), position papers (2+1 pages), demo papers (4 pages), and resubmission of CIKM-rejected papers.

All submissions must be formatted according to the ACM SIG proceedings format (option 2).

The reviewing process is single-blind, so submissions do not need to be anonymized. At least one author of each accepted paper is required to present their work at the workshop.

Please submit your paper through the submission website:

Regular and position papers

What’s a 2+1 page paper? We like short and focused contributions highlighting your main point, claim, observation, finding, experiment, project, etc, (roughly 2 pages of mainly text) but we also like clear tables, graphs, and full citations (that’s the “+1” page). So your submission can up three pages, as long as max. 2 of them are narrative text.

  • Submission deadline: July 2, 2015, July 9, 2015
  • Acceptance notification: July 23, 2015 July 27, 2015
  • Camera-ready version: August 7, 2015

Demo papers

We invite researchers and practitioners to present their innovative prototypes in a dedicated “Annotation in Action” demo track at the workshop. Demo submissions must be based on an implemented system that pursues one or more aspects relevant to the interest areas of the workshop. A Best Demonstration Award, $500 USD and a certificate, sponsored by Google, will be presented to the authors of the most outstanding demo at the workshop.

Please submit your paper through the submission website:

  • Submission deadline: July 24, 2015 July 26, 2015
  • Acceptance notification: July 31, 2015
  • Camera-ready version: August 7, 2015

CIKM-rejected papers

Authors of papers submitted to the CIKM full and short paper tracks, but not accepted for publication in the main CIKM conference as a result of that reviewing process, are invited to submit their work for this workshop. The complete text and all scores of all of the reviews returned from the CIKM paper review process should be included, as an appendix to the re-submitted paper. Those reviews will be taken in to account when these papers are considered for workshop inclusion.

  • Submission deadline: July 8, 2015
  • Acceptance notification: July 23, 2015 July 27, 2015
  • Camera-ready version: August 7, 2015



  • Omar Alonso (Microsoft Bing, USA)
  • Gianluca Demartini (University of Sheffield, UK)
  • David Graus (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
  • Claudia Hauff (TU Delft, The Netherlands)
  • Jaap Kamps (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
  • Noriko Kando (National Institute of Informatics, Japan)
  • Nattiya Kanhabua (L3S Research Center, Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany)
  • Jussi Karlgren (Gavagai, Sweden)
  • Maarten Marx (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
  • Edgar Meij (Yahoo!, London, England)
  • Isabelle Moulinier (Thomson Reuters, USA)
  • Ralf Schenkel (Universität Passau, Germany)
  • Andrew Trotman (eBay Inc, USA)


  • 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