Theme: Hypertext in a Multimodal World

The hypertext paradigm has transformed the way we store and transfer knowledge and how we think about information and access it. We access the same sources via multiple devices, ranging from smart watches and smart phones to laptops. Information and transactions become ever more visual, with video increasingly replacing traditional text-based web pages. Particularly, we use interactive hypertext, news feeds and videos for getting things done: planning a trip, managing our finances, interacting with colleagues, friends and family, being productive and creative.

At Hypertext 2021, we aim to further discuss, reflect, investigate and look forward on all of these developments, from the mixed perspectives of technology, users and society. What trends can be observed? What societal issues arise or can now be investigated? How can the user experience be further improved? What alternative, creative and fun novel applications does hypertext enable and facilitate?

We welcome the following types of submissions:

A. Main Conference Tracks (see below)
B. Late Breaking Results Track
C. Doctoral Consortium Track
D. Workshops & Exhibitions

Find more details about the submission and review process here.

A. Conference Main Tracks

5 Research Paper Tracks

  • Full papers discussing mature work (max 14 pages)
  • Short papers on preliminary results or ongoing work (max 7 pages)

Track 1. Adaptive Web and Recommender Systems

The Adaptive Web and Recommendation Systems track invites submissions focused on the interaction between (social) recommendation and knowledge transfer, for example in personalized news feeds, wikis, multimedia narratives, but also for non-linear teaching and learning. Contributions may focus on empirical analysis of user interactions with personalized Web systems to improve our understanding of individual and collective user behavior, explore novel user models and novel recommendation and personalization algorithms, or focus on understanding of mutual interdependence between user behavior and algorithms.

Topics include but are not limited to:

  • Recommendation algorithms
  • Recommender and personalisation system evaluation
  • User modelling and preference elicitation
  • Users’ perception of recommender systems
  • Explanations of recommendations
  • Responsible recommendation including fairness and transparency
  • Music, video and media recommendation
  • Recommendation of learning materials
  • Web user profiles
  • Adaptive navigation support
  • Personalised search
  • Social navigation and social search
  • Web content adaptation
  • Analytics of web user data
  • Recommendations on social media platforms
  • Collaborative content creation on the Web

Track 1 Chair:
Denis Helic,
TU Graz,
Twitter: @dhelic

Track 2. Social Web

The Social Web track invites work in the areas of data science and computational social science aimed at investigating the role of the Web in shaping social processes that impact online or offline societal outcomes. Contributions may focus on studying behaviour, norms, and psychological perceptions that characterise Web-mediated social interactions and might help either limiting undesirable outcomes (e.g., conflict, hate speech, misinformation) or promoting positive social dynamics (e.g., cooperation, integration, support, knowledge diffusion). Contributions focusing on multimodal social interactions (i.e., not limited to text) are particularly welcome.

Track 2 Chair:
Luca Maria Aiello,
Nokia Bell Labs, UK
Twitter: @lajello

Topics include but are not limited to:

  • Data mining of the Social Web
  • Social network analysis
  • Crowdsourcing for the Web
  • Social science theories to explain social dynamics on the Web
  • Misinformation, fake news, and online misbehaviour 
  • Coordination and prosocial behaviour on the Social Web
  • Privacy, trust and security on the Web
  • Web as a tool for societal change

Track 3. Semantic Web and NLP

Hypertext and the WWW form an intricate interplay of semi- or unstructured textual data and structured data. To make sense of this, both natural language processing and semantic web techniques are required. In this track, we invite submissions that address the interpretation of hypertext and WWW content through the lens of these two disciplines. Related to the main conference theme ‘Hypertext in a Multi-Modal World’ we specifically invite contributions that address multisensory information from an NLP or semantic web perspective (e.g. work that explores the relationship between text and images and/or other modalities and how to model these). 

Track 3 Chair:
Marieke van Erp,
KNAW Humanities Cluster,
the Netherlands
Twitter: @merpeltje

Topics include but are not limited to:

  • Hypertext and NLP
  • Natural language understanding and the SW
  • Use of knowledge graphs and ontologies for NLP
  • Semantic search and exploratory search
  • Linguistic Data Science 
  • NLP and SW applications
  • Focus theme: Multisensory information extraction and modelling 

Track 4. Human-information interaction, search and retrieval

The human-information interaction, search and retrieval track invites submissions focused on user-centred approaches to the design and evaluation of hypertext systems for information access, retrieval, and use. Contributions may explore improvements to existing hypertext systems, propose novel models, and systems, or focus on understanding individual and group interactions with hypertext information systems. 

Track 4 Chair:
Jacek Gwizdka,
University of Texas at Austin, USA
Twitter: @jaceksg

Topics covered include but are not limited to:

  • Information seeking, including task-based and exploratory studies
  • Search interfaces, including those for specialised tasks, populations and domains
  • Information access methods and systems for users of all abilities
  • Interaction techniques for information retrieval and discovery
  • Online information seeking, including log analysis of search and browsing
  • Modelling and simulation of information interaction
  • Information use, including measures of use and broader sense-making
  • User-centred evaluation methods and measures, including measures of user experience and performance, experiment and search task design, eye-tracking and neuro-physiological approaches, data analysis methods, and usability
  • Context-aware and personalised search, including design, contextual features and analysis of information interaction
  • Enabling and studying multi-modal interactions with information
  • Collaborative information seeking 
  • Information interaction with mobile devices

Track 5. Digital Humanities, Games, and Culture

The Digital Humanities and Culture track invites explorations of hypertext as a creative tool, shaping literature, culture, and play. Contributions may explore the humanist impact of hypertext systems; cultural works engaging with novel uses of hypertext systems; and digital humanities research driven by changing platforms.

Track 5 Chair:
Anastasia Salter,
University of Central Florida, USA
Twitter: @anasalter

Topics include but are not limited to:

  • Electronic literature, including narrative forms of hypertext, interactive fiction, and storytelling
  • Collaborative platforms, including fandom spaces, and other co-creative hypertext systems
  • Digital culture, including representations and novel uses of hypertext
  • Games and play, including explorations of games and play for non-traditional uses including learning and community engagement
  • Digital culture and community, with an emphasis on the role of emerging and changing platforms
  • Textual analysis through and on hypertext systems, including digital humanities tools and methods
  • Software, platform studies, and critical code approaches to hypertext systems
  • Examinations of the role of hypertext systems and platforms in social inequities, particularly with regards to marginalisation and social justice
  • Archival questions of access and sustainability focused on hypertext systems, platforms, and resources
  • Automated methods for narrative analysis and generation

Main Tracks Paper Deadlines

14 May 2021 21 May 2021| Paper deadline (extended) – 23:59 AoE

9 July 2021 | Papers notifications

30 July 2021 | Camera-ready deadline

Submissions for should be made through EasyChair.