Interoperability of Web-Based Educational Systems

Workshop Motivation and Goal

Nowadays learning resources are increasingly available via web-based educational systems, such as learning (content) management systems, electronic market places for learning materials and courses, or knowledge repositories. With the dawn of various specialised e-learning tools, learning resources became more and more stored in closed environments, restricting accessibility to a closed user community. While standardization bodies and consortia such as ADL, CEN/ISSS, IEEE, IMS, and ISO have already identified the need for interoperability of web-based educational systems, learners’ choices to fill a particular knowledge gap are in many cases still limited to the offers of the system they are registered at.

Recently, researchers have started to focus in these issues in more depth. Web technologies have appeared as promising approaches where XML, RDF, Web query languages, and ontology-based data integration approaches became essential ingredients of this infrastructure.

This workshop will bring together researchers and interoperability experts from different communities (E-learning, Information Systems, Database, Semantic Web) interested in making educational systems interoperable. The workshop will deliver a state-of-the-art overview of successful interoperability cases and will provide guidelines for future research.


Workshop topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

Call for Papers & Registration

As well as full research papers describing completed research, we welcome position papers describing proposed research, as long as they are well-argued, fully-justified and contain some preliminary results. We also seek demonstration papers outlining practical work in this field.

Submissions must conform to the ACM formatting guidelines for WWW2005 (follow the instructions for "Formatting your Paper") and must not exceed 8 pages for full (research) papers and 4 pages for demo or short papers, including all text, references, appendices, and figures. Submissions must be in Portable Document Format (PDF).

Selected papers will be fast-tracked for publication in a special issue of IEEE TCLT's Journal of Educational Technology & Society scheduled for April 2006.

To submit your paper, please email a PDF copy of your paper to

For papers with multiple authors, the sender of the email should be the contact person.

Registration for the workshop is via the WWW2005 website. For accepted papers, at least one author is expected to participate in the workshop. The organizers reserve the right to withdraw from the proceedings a paper whose authors do not attend the workshop. If you have any questions, please contact one of the organizing committee.

* Submission deadline: February 28, 2005
* Notification for acceptance: March 20, 2005
* Camera ready due: April 6, 2005

A text version for e-mail distribution is available here: cfp.txt

Organizing Committee

Programme Committee