Leading e-mail providers like Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoomail have introduced open protocols for copying e-mails offline through Microsoft Outlook or Mozilla Thunderbird but very few popular social networking websites like Facebook, Myspace, Orkut, etc allow the user to backup their own data. Sunil Abraham through this article points out that if competition and technological development does not rectify the situation then the government needs to intervene for the sake of its citizens wishing to engage in e-governance.
See original: Impaired Social Mobility
Good SOPs are a starting point, but there's more under the surface that will affect results.
See original: Shyam Ponappa: Plan and Execute for Results
Here's one for PZ: the lovely proprietress of Sea of Shoes shares two stunning, huge jeweled cephalopod pieces by Paris-based jewelry team Hanna Bernhard. These are some seriously impressive wearables.
Many more photos at Sea of Shoes, plus a short interview with the artists.
Also check out the featured ScienceBlog of the week: Gene Expression
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CALL FOR PAPERS
International Conference on Information Society (i-Society 2010)
Technical Co-Sponsored by IEEE UK/RI Computer Chapter
28-30 June, 2010, London, UK
The International Conference on Information Society (i-Society 2010)
is a global knowledge-enriched collaborative effort that has its
roots from both academia and industry. The conference covers a wide
spectrum of topics that relate to information society, which includes
technical and non-technical research areas.
The mission of i-Society 2010 conference is to provide opportunities
Pedagogic Conversational Agents (PCAs) can be defined as virtual characters, which can teach or be taught by students in a domain, and even to serve as learner companions to avoid the so-called isolation problem of computer-based education. PCAs can be animated, and may consist only of a face, or have a full body (embodied conversational agents).
Given that the educational application keeps a learner model, the PCA could use this to adapt the information presented to the user. It is therefore expected that the interaction will not only be more natural, but also more efficient, because it will be focused on the needs and preferences of each student.
Several more specific questions will address this general point:
1. Which educational systems are currently using Pedagogic Conversational Agents?
2. From those educational systems, which systems have improved the personalization and adaptation of their content? How was this evaluated?
3. In cases where the personalization and adaptation has not been improved, what may be the causes?
4. In cases where the personalization and adaptation has been improved, in which way? Which technique(s) has/have been used? Can this be used in other domains and/or educational applications?
* Motivation, benefits, and issues of the use of Pedagogic Conversational Agents in E-B/Learning
* Techniques and Methods
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CMU Sphinx Users and Developers Workshop 2010
13 March 2010, Dallas, TX, USA
Event URL: http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~sphinx/Sphinx2010<http://www.cs.cmu.edu/%7Esphinx...
Papers are solicited for the CMU Sphinx Workshop for Users and Developers
(CMU-SPUD 2010), to be held in Dallas, Texas as a satellite to to ICASSP
CMU Sphinx is one of the most popular open source speech recognition
systems. It is currently used by researchers and developers in many
locations world-wide, including universities, research institutions and in
industry. CMU Sphinx's liberal license terms has made it a significant
member of the open source community and has provided a low-cost way for
companies to build businesses around speech recognition.
The first SPUD workshop aims at bringing together CMU Sphinx users, to
report on applications, developments and experiments conducted using the
system. This workshop is intended to be an open forum that will allow
See original: Cmu sphinx users and developers workshop 2010
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The 11th International Conference on Web Information Systems Engineering (WISE 2010)
December 12-14, 2010
Hong Kong, China
City University of Hong Kong, WISE Society
CALL FOR PAPERS
The aim of this eleventh edition of the conference series on Web Information Systems Engineering
is to provide an international forum for researchers, professionals, and industrial practitioners
to share their knowledge in the rapidly growing area of Web technologies, methodologies and
applications. Previous WISE conferences were held in Hong Kong, China (2000), Kyoto, Japan (2001),
Singapore (2002), Roma, Italy (2003), Brisbane, Australia (2004), New York, USA (2005), Wuhan,
IDAR 2010 Call for Papers
SIGMOD PhD Workshop on Innovative Database Research
The Ph.D. Workshop on Innovative Database Research (to be held in cooperation with SIGMOD) is intended to bring together Ph.D. students working on topics related to the SIGMOD conference series. The workshop offers Ph.D. students the opportunity to present, discuss, and receive feedback on their research in a constructive and international atmosphere. The workshop will be accompanied by prominent professors, researchers and practitioners in the fields of data and information management, who will participate actively and contribute to the discussions. The workshop is co-located with SIGMOD 2010 and will take place on Friday June 11th, 2009.
TOPICS OF INTEREST
The topics of interest include but are not limited to:
Benchmarking and performance evaluation
Data quality, semantics and integration
Database monitoring and tuning
Data privacy and security
Data warehouses, data mining and OLAP
Embedded, sensor and mobile databases
Call for demos, videos, posters and doctoral colloquium
Deadline 1 FEBRUARY 2010
Pervasive 2010, the Eight International Conference on
Pervasive Computing, will be held 17-20 May 2010 in
Helsinki, Finland, www.pervasive2010.org
This annual conference provides a premier forum for
researchers to present their latest results in all areas
related to architecture, design, implementation,
application and evaluation of pervasive computing as it
integrates into our lives.
Pervasive 2010 builds on the success of previous
conferences in this series held in Zurich (August 2002),
in Linz/Vienna (April 2004), in Munich (May 2005), in
Dublin (May 2006), Toronto (May 2007), Sydney (May 2008)
Call for Papers
Web 2.0: Opportunities and Challenges for Social Recommender Systems
< http://nortia.det.uvigo.es/SocialRS >
invited session at the 14th International Conference on Knowledge-Based and Intelligent Information & Engineering Systems (KES)
< http://kes2010.kesinternational.org/index.php >
8-10 September 2010
Cardiff, Wales, UK
Recommender systems have been around for several years as tools that help the users discover items (web pages, multimedia contents, commercial products, etc) they may be interested in. The goal of this session is to discuss the opportunities and challenges that arise in the recommenders' area with the advent of the Web 2.0, since it should be possible to learn much from the users' networks of contacts, from the (unstructured) clouds of tags that may surround the items, etc.
We welcome papers describing ongoing research or experiments with recommender systems grounded on social networking, in such aspects as user profiles, item characterization, reasoning techniques about underlying metadata structures (ontologies, folksonomies and any others in between), recommendation strategies, etc.
Accepted papers will be published in the KES proceedings by Springer-Verlag in Lecture Notes in AI as part of the LNCS/LNAI series.
Just like for the main track of KES, papers must be submitted in electronic form using the PROSE software review system. For formatting, please refer to the Springer-Verlag web site, and follow the Instructions to LNCS Authors.
Papers are required in PDF format for review purposes. The maximum length is eight pages in Springer format.
Call for Participation
Third ACM International Conference on Web Search and Data Mining
3-6 February 2010
New York City, USA
(Co-Sponsored by ACM SIGIR, SIGKDD, SIGMOD and SIGWEB)
WSDM (pronounced "wisdom") is a young ACM conference (held in Stanford and Barcelona in 2008 and 2009) intended to be the publication venue for research in the areas of search and data mining. Indeed, the pace of innovation in these areas prevents proper coverage by conferences of broader scope. The high attendance at the first two WSDMs, held at Stanford University and Barcelona in February 2008 and 2009, has confirmed community interest in a more focused venue.
WSDM publishes original, high quality submissions related to search and data mining on the Web, with an emphasis on practical but principled novel models of search and retrieval, algorithm design and analysis, economics implications, and in-depth experimental analysis of accuracy and performance. A best paper award will be presented at the conference; the four papers nominated for the award are listed below. Besides the technical talks of the accepted papers, the conference will feature two invited keynote talks by:
*Susan Athey (Chief Economist @ Microsoft and Professor of Economics, Harvard University)
*Soumen Chakrabarti (Associate Professor, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay)
The conference will also host the The Third Annual Workshop on Search in Social Media (SSM 2010) on February 3rd, 2010.
WSDM 2010 is co-sponsored by SIGIR, SIGKDD, SIGMOD, and SIGWEB.
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SUBMISSION DEADLINE: March 26th, 2010
7th Int. Conference on http://www.mdai.cat/mdai2010
Modeling Decisions for Artificial Intelligence (MDAI 2010)
Perpignan, France October 27 - 29, 2010
AIMS AND GOALS:
The aim of the MDAI conference series is to provide a forum for
researchers to discuss models for decision and information fusion
(aggregation operators) and their applications to AI.
In MDAI 2010, we encourage the submission of papers on decision
making, optimization, data mining, information fusion, risk analysis
and related topics. Applications to privacy technologies as well as
real world problems such as environmental problems and supply chain
management problems are welcome.