14 March 2007

Call for papers: National Tourism Organisations and Exploitation of Information Technologies - Tourism Portals in the Web 2.0 and Semantic Web Era

Call for papers: National Tourism Organisations and Exploitation of Information Technologies - Tourism Portals in the Web 2.0 and Semantic Web Era

A special issue of International Journal of Digital Culture and Electronic Tourism

National tourism organisations invest each year billions of dollars for the promotion of national tourism in targeted markets. Within this overall context, one of the most significant aspects of promotional activities relates to the design, implementation and provision of tourism portals.

Nowadays, the evolution of technologies such as tourism portal technologies, push/pull technologies, Web 2.0, semantic web, adaptive and personalised technologies, metadata and content standards, free and open source software, ubiquitous and pervasive technologies, intelligent agents, content/knowledge management systems, emerging technologies and grid technologies, set new challenges for tourism portals and the promotion of content worldwide.

This special issue aims to deliver sound propositions for the exploitation of the emerging technologies in national tourism organisations towards better models of information provision to the beneficiaries of the tourism product.

Topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Tourism portals
  • Push/pull technologies for tourism portals
  • Web 2.0 and tourism portals
  • Semantic web and tourism portals
  • Adaptive and personalised technologies
  • Metadata and content standards
  • Free and open source software
  • Ubiquitous and pervasive technologies
  • Intelligent agents
  • Content/knowledge management systems
  • Emerging technologies
  • Grid technologies
  • Domain applications: tourism portals for national government tourism organisations, hotels, marketplaces, etc
  • Tools/emerging technologies and new generation applications
  • Challenges for the future; specification of government policies for the promotion of tourism portals
  • Roadmaps for the future
  • Collaborative tools for tourism
  • Design variables and conditions for knowledge sharing and creation systems in tourism
  • Blogging for tourism
  • Collaborative filtering of tourism content
  • Analysing social interaction for finding knowledge among web users
  • Semantic desktops
  • Social network analysis to support implicit learning and sharing within tourism environments
  • Analysis of large online tourism communities
  • Folksonomies, tagging and other collaboration-based categorisation systems in tourism portals
  • Wikis, semantic wikis and other collaborative knowledge creation systems
  • Online social networking at all levels of tourism
  • Applications of online semantic networks to tourism
Important Dates

1-2 Page Abstract: 30 April 2007
Submission of Manuscripts: 15 October 2007
Notification to Authors: 15 November 2007
Final Versions Due: 15 December 2007


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