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CFP: Posters, Demos and Late-Breaking Work @ Making Sense of Microposts 2012 workshop, WWW2012

From: Matthew Rowe <M.C.Rowe@open.ac.uk>
Date: Fri, 9 Mar 2012 10:14:38 +0000
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 	2nd Workshop on Making Sense of Microposts (#MSM2012)
              		 at WWW 2012

     		  	16 Apr 2012. Lyon, France


After a successful #MSM2011, this year’s Making Sense of Microposts workshop has again generated a lot of interest in the Semantic Web research community, confirmed by 19 high quality paper submissions, out of which 9 were accepted. We are now opening a second call for a poster and demo track for presenting ideas, late-breaking results, ongoing research projects, and speculative or innovative work in progress.

Posters and Demos are intended to provide authors and participants with the ability to connect with one another and to engage in discussions about their work. The call is intended for presentations of both work in research and industry. We especially wish to encourage interaction and discussion between research and industry perspectives, and the Posters and Demo session is seen as the key to diversity of the workshop’s content.

Authors are invited to submit a 2-page paper with a separate abstract (up to 150 words). Demo submissions may also be accompanied by a video (up to length 90s). The paper must clearly demonstrate relevance to the #MSM2012 topics. Decisions about acceptance will be based on originality, potential significance, topicality and clarity.

The accepted posters and demos will be presented during the coffee breaks during the Workshop, thus giving the authors the opportunity to interact with other participants and obtain feedback on their work. The poster descriptions will be available on the Workshop website, but will not be included in the official proceedings.


Making Sense of Microposts: Big things come in small packages

With the appearance and expansion of Twitter, Facebook Like, Foursquare, and similar low-effort publishing services, the effort required to participate on the Web is getting lower and lower. The high-end technology user and developer and the ordinary end user of ubiquitous, personal technology, such as the smart phone, contribute diverse information to the Web as part of informal and semi-formal communication and social activity. We refer to such small user input as 'microposts': these range from 'checkin' at a location on a geo-social networking platform, through to a status update on a social networking site. Online social media platforms are now very often the portal of choice for the modern technology user accustomed to sharing public-interest information. They are, increasingly, an alternative carrier to traditional media, as seen in their role in the Arab Spring and crises such as the 2011 Japan earthquake. Online social activity has also witnessed the blurring of the lines between private lives and the semi-public online social world, opening a new window into the analysis of human behaviour, implicit knowledge, and adaptation to and adoption of technology.

The challenge of developing novel methods for processing the enormous streams of heterogeneous, disparate micropost data in intelligent ways and producing valuable outputs, that may be used on a wide variety of devices and end uses, is more important than ever before. Google+ is one of the better-known new services, whose aim is to bootstrap microposts in order to more effectively tailor search results to a user's social graph and profile.

This workshop will examine, broadly:
* information extraction and leveraging of semantics from microposts, with a focus on novel methods for handling the particular challenges due to enforced brevity of expression;
* making use of the collective knowledge encoded in microposts' semantics in innovative ways;
* social and enterprise studies that guide the design of appealing and usable new systems based on this type of data, by leveraging Semantic Web technologies.

This workshop is unique in its interdisciplinary nature, targeting both Computer Science and the Social Sciences, to help also to break down the barriers to optimal use of Semantic Web data and technologies. The workshop will focus on both the computational means to handle microposts and the study of microposts, in order to identify the motivational aspects that drive the creation and consumption of such data.


Topics of interest include, but are not limited to the areas below. We especially encourage submissions from an interdisciplinary perspective, examining the use of semantic information extracted from microposts from Semantic Web, Social Sciences and other perspectives.

1. Microposts and Semantic Web technologies
   * Knowledge Discovery and Information Extraction
   * Factual Inference
   * Ontology/vocabulary modelling and learning from Microposts
   * Integrating Microposts into the Web of Linked Data

2. Social/Web Science studies
   * Analysis of Micropost data patterns
   * Political and polemical aspects of Microposts
   * Citizen empowerment through information availability
   * Motivations for creating and consuming Microposts
   * Relevance of Microposts and factors that influence them
   * Community/network analysis of Micropost dynamics
   * Ethics/privacy implications of publishing and consuming Microposts
   * Microposts in the corporate environment

3. Context
   * Utilising context (time, location, sentiment)
   * Contextual inference mechanisms
   * Social awareness streams and Online Presence
   * Event Detection and monitoring through Microposts

4. Applying Microposts
   * User profiling/recommendation/personalisation approaches using Microposts
   * Public opinion mining (i.e. political consensus, brand/product opinions)
   * Collective intelligence in inferring trends and making predictions
   * Expertise finding
   * Business analysis/market scanning
   * Urban sensing and location-based applications
   * Emergency systems and response


A keynote address will open the day. This will be followed by paper presentations. We will hold a poster and demo session to trigger further, more in-depth interaction between workshop participants. Key points raised during the keynote and the participant presentations will guide an open forum / panel discussion which will be used to conclude the workshop, with an aim to form a more permanent discussion group.

SUBMISSION TYPES in the 2nd Call

 * Posters: 2 page descriptions
 * Demos: 2 page descriptions
 * Mock-up interfaces: 2 page description AND one of:
	- storyboard (max A3)
	- video (90 second limit)

Written submissions should be prepared according to the ACM SIG Proceedings Template (see http://www.acm.org/sigs/publications/proceedings-templates), and should include author names and affiliations, and 3-5 keywords.
Submission is via the EasyChair Conference System, at: http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=msm2012. Where a submission includes additional material submission should be made as a single, unencrypted zip file that includes a plain text file listing its contents.


Submissions due: 02 Apr 2012
Notification of acceptance: 07 Apr 2012
Camera-ready deadline:	14 Apr  2012
Workshop - 16 Apr 2012 (Registration open to all)

(all deadlines 23:59 Hawaii Time)


E-mail: msm2012@easychair.org
Facebook Group: http://www.facebook.com/#!/home.php?sk=group_180472611974910
Twitter hashtag: #msm2012


Matthew Rowe, KMi, The Open University, UK
Milan Stankovic, Hypios/University Paris-Sorbonne, France
Aba-Sah Dadzie, University of Sheffield, UK


Fabian Abel, Leibniz University Hannover, Germany
Gholam R. Amin, Sultan Qaboos University, Oman
Sofia Angeletou, KMi, The Open University, UK
Pierpaolo Basile, University of Bari, Italy
Uldis Bojars, University of Latvia, Latvia
John Breslin, NUIG, Ireland
A. Elizabeth Cano, University of Sheffield, UK
Oscar Corcho, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid
Danica Damljanovic, University of Sheffield, UK
Ali Emrouznejad, Aston Business School, UK
Guillaume Ereteo, INRIA, France
Miriam Fernandez, KMi, The Open University, UK
Fabien Gandon, INRIA, Sophia-Antipolis, France
Andres Garcia-Silva, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid
Anna Lisa Gentile, University of Sheffield, UK
Jon Hickman, Birmingham City University, UK
Seth van Hooland, Free University of Brussels, Belgium
Jennifer Jones, University of the West of Scotland, UK
Jelena Jovanovic, University of Belgrade, Serbia
Vita Lanfranchi, University of Sheffield, UK
Philippe Laublet, Universite Paris-Sorbonne, France
Joao Magalhaes, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal
Julie Letierce, DERI, Galway, Ireland
Diana Maynard, University of Sheffield, UK
Pablo Mendes, Freie Universitat of Berlin, Germany
Jose M. Morales del Castillo, Universidad de Granada, Spain
Alexandre Passant, DERI, Galway, Ireland
Danica Radovanovic, Oxford Internet Institute, UK
Yves Raimond, BBC, UK
Harald Sack, University of Potsdam, Germany
Bernhard Schandl, University of Vienna, Austria
Andreas Sonnenbichler, KIT, Germany
Raphael Troncy, Eurecom, France
Victoria Uren, Aston Business School, UK
Claudia Wagner, Joanneum Research, Austria
Shenghui Wang, Vrije University, The Netherlands
Katrin Weller, University of Dusseldorf, Germany
Ziqi Zhang, University of Sheffield, U

Dr Matthew Rowe
Research Associate
Knowledge Media Institute
The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA

The Open University is incorporated by Royal Charter (RC 000391), an exempt charity in England & Wales and a charity registered in Scotland (SC 038302).
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