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Web 2.0 and the Semantic Web: Hindrance or Opportunity?
Co-Located with the Sixteenth International World Wide Web Conference, in Banff, Canada. The Conference was held on Monday 07th and Tuesday 08th May 2007.
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The World Wide Web (Web) is in transition; a fundamental evolution of the model which underpins the traditional Web. This new Web, Web (2.0), is a mesh of enhanced semantics, push application widgets, and embedded scripting languages and was developed to pursue the promise of enhanced interactivity. The possible benefits of the Web 2.0 is great but it seems that without timely and prompt action disabled users will be barred from these benefits. Indeed, using sites which such as: Flicker, YouTube, MySpace, Google Maps, and Google Portal will rapidly become `off-limits' to disabled users. Semantic Web technologies have already shown themselves to be useful in addressing some issues of Web Accessibility. However, this new technology has not yet started to make its way into mainstream applications. Without change, will the benefits of the Semantic Web be lost? Will the promising enhanced interactivity of Web 2.0 technologies become increasingly inaccessible to disabled users? We pose the question:

Web 2.0 and the Semantic Web: Hindrance or Opportunity?

The conference was held on Monday 7th and Tuesday the 8th May 2007 at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel in Banff National Park where we welcomed 65 attendees. We accepted 40.3% of all submissions, each paper was peer reviewed by 3 of our programme committee.

2007 Best Paper Award
Takayuki Watanabe, for - Experimental Evaluation of Usability and Accessibility of Heading Elements
2007 Web Accessibility Challenge: Judges Award
Leo Ferres, Petro Verkhogliad, and Louis Boucher, for - (Natural language) interaction with graphical representations of statistical data
2007 Web Accessibility Challenge: Delegates Award
Yevgen Borodin, Jalal Mahmud, I. V. Ramakrishnan, and Amanda Stent, for - The HearSay non-visual web browser
2007 Publications
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