This book contains the proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Web Information Systems and Technologies (WEBIST 2012) which is organized and sponsored by the Institute for Systems and Technologies of Information, Control and Communication (INSTICC) and in cooperation with the ACM Special Interest Group on Management Information Systems (ACM SIGMIS). The purpose of this Conference is to bring together researchers, engineers and practitioners interested in technological advances and business applications of web-based information systems. WEBIST has five main topic areas, covering different aspects of Web Information Systems, including “Internet Technology”, “Web Interfaces and Applications”, “Society, e-Business, e-Government”, “Web Intelligence” and “Mobile Information Systems”. We believe the proceedings here published demonstrate new and innovative solutions, and highlight technical problems in each field that are challenging and worthwhile. WEBIST 2012 received 184
paper submissions from 41 countries in all continents. A double-blind review process was enforced, with the help of 223 experts from the international program committee, all of them with a Ph.D. in one of the main conference topic areas. From these paper submissions only 25 papers were selected to be published and presented as full papers, i.e. completed work (8 pages in proceedings / 30’ oral presentations) and 57 additional papers, describing work-in-progress as short papers for 20’ oral presentation. Furthermore 31 additional papers will be also presented as posters. The full-paper acceptance ratio was 13,6%, and the total oral paper acceptance ratio was 44,6%. These ratios denote a high level of quality, which we intend to maintain or reinforce in the next edition of this conference. The high quality of the WEBIST 2012 programme is enhanced by four keynote lectures, delivered by distinguished guests who are renowned experts in their fields, including (alphabetically): David De Roure (University of Oxford, United Kingdom) and Jeff Z. Pan (University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom). Besides the proceedings edited by SciTePress, a post-conference book will be compiled with extended versions of its best papers, and published by Springer-Verlag. Appropriate indexing has been arranged for the proceedings of WEBIST 2012 including DBLP, INSPEC, EI and Thomson Reuters Conference Proceedings Citation Index. Furthermore, all presented papers will be available at the SciTePress digital library. In order to promote the development of professional networks the organizing committee has prepared a Conference Dinner in the evening of April 20th. Building an interesting and successful program for the conference required the dedicated effort of many people. Firstly, we must thank the authors, whose research and development efforts are recorded here. Secondly, we thank the members of the program committee and additional reviewers for their diligence and expert reviewing. We also wish to include here a word of appreciation for the excellent organization provided by the conference secretariat, from INSTICC, who have smoothly and efficiently prepared the most appropriate environment for a productive meeting and scientific networking. Last but not least, we thank the invited speakers for their invaluable contribution and for taking the time to synthesize and deliver their talks. Looking forward to an inspiring world-class conference and a pleasant stay in the beautiful city of Porto for all delegates, we hope to meet you again next year for the 9th WEBIST, details of which will be available at http://www.webist.org.
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