ACM SAC WT 2019. Paper submission deadline September 10, 2018
The World Wide Web is relentlessly evolving. Once a single interconnection of static, physically distributed content passively accessed by human users through personal computers, during the explosion of Web-based social networks the Web evolved into an environment allowing users worldwide to interact and collaborate in the creation of user-generated content within many virtual communities. In this line, Web 2.0 is the umbrella term used to encompass several developments which followed, namely social networking sites and social media sites (e.g., Facebook), blogs, wikis, folksonomies (e.g. Flickr), video sharing sites (e.g., YouTube), Web applications (“apps”), collaborative platforms, and mashup applications. Many technologies such as HTML 5, CSS3, AJAX and client-side scripting helped to bring these ideas into practice.
Moreover, the current Web can be seen as an evolutionary step from the Web 2.0 in that access to content is nowadays ubiquitous, content itself is far more heterogeneous, and “users” come in mixed and different flavors. First, ubiquitous access has been mainly pushed by the inception of mobile computing and mobile devices; in fact reports show that by 2020 the number of mobile device users will be about 70% of the global population. Second, served and published Web content is not only those following traditional interchange formats (text, images, video) but also executable code or Web APIs (e.g. Mashape.com, ProgrammableWeb.com), from which new applications can be built and in turn published back to the Web. The recent notion of “Web of objects”, which find its root in Web-accesible IoT applications, promotes the interconnection of hardware elements capable of producing huge amounts of sensor data. Finally, the role of Web application end users and Web developer/designers is somewhat blurry, due to modern Web technologies that greatly simplify the creation/deployment of rich Web sites that might consume Web-accesible services. In addition, the advent of Semantic Web technologies pave the way to the creation of intelligent applications, and thus the tandem human user-browser is no longer the only way to take advantage of Web content.
In this context, novel approaches and techniques, new tools and frameworks are needed to address the increasing complexity of the Web that is coming and the applications therein.
This track aims at bringing together researchers and practitioners from industry and academia working on both practical and foundational aspects of Web technologies, as well as other technologies that in the Web framework have found new and unexpected application fields
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