(Preliminary version)

Wednesday 22nd
Plenary Panel in Auditorium
09:00-10:00  Web 20th Anniversary

Chair: Wendy Hall

Abstract. As WWW2009 coincides with the 20th Anniversary of the Web conference organisers included this panel to commemorate it. The goal is to provide a rich overview of the past 20 years as well as a forecast into the future.

Tim Berners-Lee
Robert Cailliau
Vinton Cerf, Google Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist
Dale Dougherty,
O'Reilly Vice President,
Mike Shaver, Mozilla Vice President

Parallel Session Panel in M2-Amsterdam room (Left Wing 2nd Floor)
11:45- 13:15
Living Web: Making its Diversity a true asset

Chairs: Claudia Niederee (L3S Research Center, Hannover)

Abstract. The large diversity (with respect to cultural background, school of thought, intention, opinion etc. ) underlying the content creation process  of the Web contributes a lot to the wealth and value of the Web. On the other hand, the wide variety of opinions and biased content found on the Web makes it difficult to get a balanced view on a given subject, given that many people only consider the ten search results provided as the first page of results by a typical search engine.  This panel will controversially discuss the risk of biasing through the Web as well as the potentials that are inherent in diversity and that today are only marginally exploited.

Fausto Giunchiglia (University of Trento)
Hugo Zaragoza (Yahoo Research, Barcelona)
Loretta Anania (European Commission, Brussels)
Wolfgang Nejdl (L3S Research Center, Hannover)

Parallel Session Panel in M2-Amsterdam room (Left Wing 2nd Floor)
Web-based Multimedia Search and Retrieval


Web in Ibero America Track Panel in M2-Amsterdam room (Left Wing 2nd Floor)
16:30-18:00 The New Media Challenge to Traditional Media. Spanish/Portuguese vs. English.
How to avoid cultural break down

Prof. Virgilio A. F. Almeida, Computer Science Department,Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), Brazil

Mr. Mario Tascón. General Manager Dixired (lainformación.com)
Ms. Rosalía Lloret. General Manager Interactive Media. Rtve.es 
Mr. Icaro Moyano. PR Manager Tuenti

Thursday 23rd
Plenary Panel in Auditorium
The Emergence of Web Science

Chair:  Nigel Shadbolt.

Since the term was coined in 2005, Web Science has provided a rallying call for researchers who are interested in the social and organisational behaviour engendered by the Web as about the underpinning technology. Web Science is inherently inter-disciplinary.  Of course, we cannot predict what this nascent discipline might reveal. But Web science has already generated powerful insights, how the Web is structured, how resilient it is, how ideas travel through the tens of millions of blogs, how we might include information in Web content so that its accuracy and origin is more transparent. At the micro scale, the Web is an infrastructure of artificial languages and protocols; it is a piece of engineering. However, it is fundamentally about the interaction of human beings creating, linking and consuming information. It is this interaction that we also need to research and understand. It is this interaction that generates the Web's behavior as emergent properties at the macro scale. These macro properties are often surprising and require analytic methods to understand them. The Web’s use is part of a wider system of human interaction – the Web has had profound effects on society, with each emerging wave creating both new challenges and new opportunities available to wider sectors of the population than ever before.

The aim of this panel is to bring this debate to the heart of the WWW community at WWW2009 in Madrid.

Tim Berners-Lee
Mike Brodie (Verizon US)
Ricardo Baeza-Yates (Yahoo Europe).

Parallel Session Panel in M2-Amsterdam room (Left Wing 2nd Floor)
11:30- 13:00  
Web Search APIs: The Next Generation

Chair: Soumen Chakrabarti.

Abstract.Web search APIs are provided by a handful of large Web search companies and used by a large number of developers.  Yet, downstream applications today have to depend not only on an adversarial corpus with uncertain boundaries, but also on a best-effort, black-box search system without any formal guarantees.  The provocative proposition here is that unless search APIs evolve to provide more expressive semistructured query languages involving entity and relation types, and more precise control over matching, ranking, sampling and aggregation, search consumers will remain restricted to relatively simplistic downstream processing, such as mashups that join search results with other services like maps and yellow pages.  In this panel we will urge the two sides to the search contract to discuss what features they want in the next generation of search APIs, whether the technology exists to provide these features, and whether the providers should move to provide these features. (Opening  slides)

Nicholas Weininger, Google
Jordi Ribas, Microsoft
Vik Singh, Yahoo
Andrei Broder, Yahoo
Soumen Chakrabarti, IIT Bombay

Web in Ibero America Track Panel in M2-Amsterdam room (Left Wing 2nd Floor)
14:30-16:00  Multilingual Web Sites

Chair: Manuel Tomas Carrasco Benitez

 Multilingual Web Sites (MWS) refers to sites with multilingual parallel texts; e.g., Europa, the portal of the European Union. MWS are of great practical relevance: the call for proposals for Multilingual Web has a budget of 14 millions euros.

There is an urgent need to address the standardization of MWS:
* Users should expect similar behaviour from different MWS.
* Webmasters should be capable of creating high quality low cost MWS.

Luis Bellido
Pascal Chevrel
Richard Ishida
Charles Mccathienevile
Raúl Rivero Uría

Friday 24th
Parallel Session Panel in M2-Amsterdam room (Left Wing 2nd Floor)
11:30- 13:00 The role of the Telco in the new Web: is possible to create a win-win relationship?

Chair: Luis Angel Galindo.

Abstract. Main issues to cover include:
Can operators offer services more than the connectivity?
- Net neutrality and the separation of network and services.
- New paradigms for competition: iPhone, flat rate in mobiles, open source, open assets to third parties.
- Is possible a new ecosystem (as I pursuit in the WIMS 2.0 initiative) more fair for all the actors?
- User 2.0: user demands customized services. Are big players ready to provide these services?
- Is increasing the number of technololgy disabled people?
- Are there ways in which operators need to behave more like wireline ISPs, and ways in which wireline needs to concentrate on the role of clearinghouse rather than aggregator?


Mariano Martinez, Director Grupo Internet Corporativo (Telefónica)
David O'Byrne (Microsoft )
Peter Bosch,   senior scientist (Alcatel-Lucent )
Miguel Carrero, Corporate Head of New Applications and Businesses (HP)
Alex Romero, Director Strategic Partnerships (Yahoo )
Joaquín Salvachúa, Visionaire& Evangelist (UPM )
Erik Schultink, CTO (Tuenti)
Farley Duvall Managing, Director EMEA  (Red Herring )

Sponsored  Panel in M2-Amsterdam room (Left Wing 2nd Floor)
14:30- 16:00  Emerging technologies for combining web accessible interfaces with the development of new interoperable ICT devices

Chair: Enrique Varela-Couceiro (FUNDACIÓN ONCE)

Abstract. The objective of this panel is to discuss which kind of emerging technologies can be combined with the development of web interfaces to foster accessible and interoperable interaction with a huge amount of devices, that at present are not accessible (such as ATMs, smart houses applications, public kiosks, etc.).

Julio Abascal. (Universidad del País Vasco)
Eduardo Carrasco (VICOMtech)
Raul Riesco. (INTECO)
Roberto Torena (Technosite)
Marc Pous. (TMT Factory)

Web in Ibero America Track Panel in M2-Amsterdam room (Left Wing 2nd Floor)
16:30-18:00  Open Innovation and Open Labs: An emergent opportunity for leading technology innovation and development for the Future Internet”

Chair: Martín Álvarez Espinar (W3C Spain Office Manager)

  Open Labs are places where science and open innovation meet to develop, research and explore new ideas. In the panel session different Open Labs, where people, industry (both large enterprises and SMEs), and academia can work jointly together and bring added value for the Future Internet research, will be presented. This panel will controversially discuss the risks as well as the potentials and oportunities associated to this approach to innovation and technology development, with the aim of bringing this debate closer to the heart of the Iberoamerican WWW community.

Antonio Campos (CTIC Foundation)
Eduardo Álvarez (CTIC Foundation)
Juan J. Hierro (Chief Technologist, Software Technologies, Telefónica I+D)
Jesús M. González-Barahona (Universidad Rey Juan Carlos)

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