Preliminary Announcement and Call for papers
First International Workshop on Representation and Analysis of Web Space (RAWS-05)

Partially supported by the Rainbow project (funded by Czech Science Foundation under no.201/03/1318)
Prague-Tocna, September 14-16, 2005

The emergence of World-Wide Web was the most important breakthrough of the last decades in the area of computing. The size and heterogeneity of web content and structure presents an unprecedented challenge to existing technologies of data processing. The central problem is to keep as much information as possible from the original content, while maintaining tractability even for large sizes of data. Specialised research and industrial communities typically perceive the web space from different angles, and their mutual awareness is often limited. The common underlying characteristics of original web data however call for interdisciplinary cooperation.

The workshop aims at bringing together researchers from various communities interested in web space *representation* for the purpose of non-trivial *analysis* of web data, in particular (but non-exclusively) in the context of:

  • Web Document Classification
  • Web Information Extraction
  • Web Information Filtering
  • Web Information Clustering
  • (Advanced) Web Information Retrieval
  • (Semi-Automated) Semantic Web Annotation
  • (Various forms of) Web Mining.

The workshop will feature an invited lecture, presentations of contributed papers and a wrap-up discussion.

Preference will be given to paper submissions describing research that addresses at least one of the following aspects:

  • multiple types or representations of web data, such as text, HTML formatting, images and/or link topologies
  • multiple tasks (such as those from the above list)
  • both 'representation' and 'analysis' issues.

Main Organisers

  • Václav Snášel, VŠB-Technical University of Ostrava, Czech Republic
  • Vojtěch Svátek, University of Economics, Prague, Czech Republic

Programme Committee

  • Robert Baumgartner, Technical University of Wien, Austria
  • Bettina Berendt, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany
  • Paul Buitelaar, DFKI Saarbrucken, Germany
  • Radek Burget, Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic
  • Philipp Cimiano, University of Karlsruhe, Germany
  • Hamish Cunningham, University of Sheffield, UK
  • Vangelis Karkaletsis, NCSR Demokritos, Athens, Greece
  • Craig Knoblock, University of Southern California, USA
  • Michal Kratky, VSB-Technical University of Ostrava, Czech Republic
  • Nick Kushmerick, University College Dublin, Ireland
  • Martin Labsky, University of Economics, Prague, Czech Republic
  • Krista Lagus, Helsinki University of Technology, Finland
  • Jan Paralic, Technical University of Kosice, Slovakia
  • Jaroslav Pokorny, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic
  • Steffen Staab, University of Koblenz, Germany
  • Athena Vakali, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Paper Submission

The authors can either submit a regular paper (up to 12 pages in LNCS format) or a work-in-progress paper (up to 6 pages in LNCS format). Papers must be written (and will be presented) in English. All accepted papers will be collected in proceedings published by the VŠB-Technical University of Ostrava. If the number of high-quality submissions is sufficient, post-workshop journal publication will be considered.

Papers should be submitted via online interface, not later than June 20, 2005.

Important dates

Deadline for paper submission: 20 June 2005
Notification of acceptance: 20 July 2005
Camera-ready versions of papers: 1 August 2005
Workshop start: 14 September 2005 (arrival of participants during the afternoon)
Workshop end: 16 September 2005 (departure of participants after the lunch)

Venue and transport

The workshop will take place in the training centre of University of Economics, Prague, situated in the midst of a forest on the southern edge of the capital city of Prague. It can be reached by city bus. The organisers also envisage to provide transport from/to the centre of Prague, in particular for participants from outside the Czech Republic.


The registration fee *including* proceedings, meals and accomodation for two nights is expected to be at most Euro 100. Detailed information will be announced in due time. The number of attendees will be limited to around 30. Preference will be given to paper (co-)authors.


Local arrangement: Vojtech Svatek,
Workshop proceedings: Vaclav Snasel,, Michal Kratky,
Registration of participants: Yveta Geleticova,