2nd Workshop on Future Television at EuroITV 2011: making television personal and social

FutureTV-2011: the 2nd international workshop on Future Television

Topic: “Making Television personal and social”

Supported by the EU project NoTube.

At EuroITV 2011 (www.euroitv2011.org), Lisbon, Portugal. June 29, 2011.

This workshop follows up the successful 1st Workshop on Future Television held at EuroITV 2010. At that time we focused on how Web-TV integration could make much more possible that simply pasting Web content over the TV program, or giving the TV viewer a hard-to-use Web browser on their screen. Rather:
The growing amount of data available on the social and semantic Webs, APIs to access and manipulate that data, and trends towards common identifiers and metadata schema allow future television new opportunities to link TV viewing with both the viewer’s personal Web profiles on social networks, and with social activities across the Web also from friends and similar people.
This workshop will build on research, services and results from the NoTube project (www.notube.tv), bringing NoTube experts together with the wider iTV research and enterprise community to explore the new possibilities inherent in social Web, semantic Web, Linked Data and semantic TV to produce future, new, innovative services and platforms for TV which is more personal and more social. This goes beyond the existing state of the art social TV through the introduction of open Web standards, semantic Web technology and Linked Data content.
We want to explore the current technological state of the art for making social-semantic-Television a reality as well as the missing gaps in schemas, services, and standards, including:
• how current social TV platforms could be extended;
• what types of new and innovative services could be built on semantic and social Web data combined with TV;
• where is the sweet spot between giving viewers a highly personalised experience and a highly social experience;
• existing and needed specifications and standards;
• which concrete steps need to be taken to achieve uptake of the new technology in the TV industry.

Target Audience

We address experts from three communities in which there is only a small overlap at present, despite the clear mutual benefits to be gained for integration of social Web, semantic Web, and television technologies.
There is an emerging wealth of data from the social Web which could be used more valuably, beyond the current social TV state of the art. However, this requires more advanced data analysis and understanding, as well as common data schemas and APIs for data exchange and integration across sources. Semantic technologies can bring the necessary data understanding and integration, once both TV and social Web data is integrated into the semantic Web. Then, as explored by NoTube, TV can become more personal and more social, both better adapted to the viewer’s individual interests and wishes, as well as better enabled to make TV viewing more social via shared experiences, discussions and pulling TV viewing up into the social Web as well as the social Web down into TV viewing.
This opens new innovation and exploitation potential for data owners, providers, network operators, television companies, broadcasters, and hardware manufacturers as well as entrepreneurs who can fill the gap as developers and providers of new added-value data-based iTV services. We expect all of these groups will take an interest in the workshop alongside researchers in the fields of social Web, semantic Web and television, particularly those focused on the overlaps between these fields.

Expected Format (TBC)

We are pleased to announce a keynote talk by researcher Jan Hess of the University of Siegen on “HCI perspectives on Social TV– sketching new directions to support social use”

Jan Hess, invited speaker to EuroITV 2011 workshop Future Television
Jan’s work is focused on Entertainment Computing, Participatory Design and End User Development. He supervised several projects in the field of iTV and currently coordinates the SocialMedia project.

A presentation session will follow, allowing authors of accepted papers to present their research and results from projects where social and semantic Web technologies are being applied to video or television (broadcast streams). Papers will have been selected on the basis of their relevance to the workshop and quality of the work, as judged by members of a program committee drawn from the social, semantic and media technologies areas. There will also be posters accepted from above-the-threshold submissions which can not be accepted as papers.

Also the prototypes from NoTube will be shown in a special session as well as during the workshop breaks, alongside demos from the workshop presenters, to encourage continued interaction between the workshop participants and highlight current possibilities.

A closing discussion will involve all attendees in an engaging open discussion around how to make TV more personal and social through the integration of social and semantic Web with TV: what can be possible and how can it be transferred to industry? What is to be expected regarding user acceptance and how can that be improved? Where are the gaps or barriers to uptake, e.g. privacy concerns, lack of standards?


We seek short and long paper submissions as PDF. Papers should follow the ACM style guidelines and not exceed 3 pages (short paper) or 9 pages (long paper). Short papers are ideal for informing about new research or implementation at an early stage or proposing new ideas about future television. Long papers are ideal for reporting on finished or near-finished research and implementation, including evaluations and lessons learnt. We will aim to accept a mix of both short and long paper submissions. Submissions will be invited to present and to provide a demo during the workshop.

Please make your submissions via EasyChair: https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=futuretv2011

Following topics represent a non-exhaustive list to be touched upon in your paper:
• Re-use of social Web data for TV program adaptation, recommendation, selection or mash-ups
• Re-use of semantic Web data for TV program adaptation, recommendation, selection or mash-ups
• Generation of social Web data from TV watching and interaction with the TV program
• Generation of semantic Web data from TV watching and interaction with the TV program
• User profiling with respect to interests, TV preferences, or current mood
• Integrating existing broadcast TV infrastructure with the social and semantic Web
• Annotation of TV programming with social or semantic Web data schemas
• Applying semantic and social Web applications on the television, including development for the set top box, design of appropriate user interfaces and exploration of user interaction patterns
• Integration of semantic and social Web data in TV-based applications

Important Dates

Submission deadline: April 29, 2011
Notifications: May 20, 2011
Camera ready copy: May 30, 2011
Workshop day: June 29, 2011


Lora Aroyo, VUA
Stefan Dietze, OU
Lyndon Nixon, STI

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2 Responses to 2nd Workshop on Future Television at EuroITV 2011: making television personal and social

  1. Pingback: Join NoTube at these coming events! | NoTube

  2. silviapfeiffer1 says:

    Are there proceedings anywhere?

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