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   Workshop theme
   Important dates
   Sponsoring agencies
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   Executive Committee
   Program Committee
   Local organization
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   Breakout groups
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   Call For Position Papers
   Submit Position Paper
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   Local arrangements
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Workshop theme

The purpose of the workshop is to devote national attention to the need for identifying and comprehensively examining the major challenges in the area of information integration (II) and the required long-term research, engineering and development that will be needed to advance the state of the art and state of the practice in the application of advanced IT to resolve these challenges in the near- and long-term. The type and modality of information available in digital form is vast - image, video, text, audio, sensor and other forms of streaming data, as well as structured data such as databases and XML/ HTML documents. Although the data may be geographically distributed, collected and designed for specific uses and applications ("silos" of information), it is often logically inter-related, and many important questions can only be answered by accessing it collectively. However, despite considerable research and development over the last 20 years, truly ad hoc II, where disparate information systems are accessed efficiently in real time in response to unanticipated information needs and data is combined to form reliable answers to queries, remains an elusive goal. A systematic development of II technologies is needed to provide the necessary infrastructure leading to significant advances in the access to and analysis of widely distributed, heterogeneous, disparate information resources.

Of particular importance to this workshop will be issues associated with the integration of science and engineering data and Federal, medical, and other records; the use of ontologies in integration; combining text with structured data; data augmentation; mappings and global integrity; data exchange and update reconciliation; schema or instance matching and ontology alignment; imprecision and uncertainty in data and inferences; reliable query answering in the presence of uncertainty; tracking the origins of data; and "hands-off" integration.  Technical issues associated with heterogeneous sensitivities, differential access, and mandated sharing in large collections will also be discussed.

Important dates
  • July 5, 2006: Call for position papers opens
  • September 5, 2006: Paper submission deadline (extended)
  • September 20, 2006: Notification of papers acceptance
  • September 25, 2006: Early hotel booking deadline (II Workshop rates)
  • October 25, 2006: Reception/Registration (6:30-8:00pm)
  • October 26-27, 2006: II workshop
Sponsored by

Logo of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality   Logo of United States Environmental Protection Agency    Logo of the National Archives and Records Administration   Logo of National Science Foundation    Logo of Office of Naval Research  Logo of National Coordination Office for Networking and Information Technology Research and Development


Philadelphia - Radisson Warwick Hotel
October 25-27, 2006