ExploreDB 2018 
5th International Workshop on  
Exploratory Search in Databases and the Web 
Co-located with SIGMOD/PODS 2018  
Location: Houston, TX, USA
Dates: June 15, 2018


Today, there is a need to develop novel paradigms for exploratory user-data interactions that emphasise user context and interactivity with the goal of facilitating exploration, interpretation, retrieval, and assimilation of information. A huge number of applications need an exploratory form of querying. Ranked retrieval techniques for relational databases, XML, RDF and graph databases, text and multimedia databases, scientific and statistical databases, social networks and many others, is a first step towards this direction. Recently, several new aspects for exploratory search, such as preferences, diversity, novelty, surprise and serendipity, are gaining increasing importance. From a different perspective, recommendation applications tend to anticipate user needs by automatically suggesting the information, which is most appropriate to the users and their current context. Also, a new line of research in the area of exploratory search is fuelled by the growth of online social interactions within social networks and Web communities. Many useful facts about entities (e.g., people, locations, organizations, products) and their relationships can be found in a multitude of semi-structured and structured data sources, such as Wikipedia, Linked Data cloud, Freebase, and many others. Therefore, novel discovery methods are required to provide highly expressive discovery capabilities over large amounts of entity-relationship data, which are intuitive for end-users.