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ACM Web Science 2013 (WebSci '13): Paris May 2-4th

From: Harry Halpin <hhalpin@ibiblio.org>
Date: Thu, 25 Oct 2012 19:34:28 +0200
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To: semantic-web at W3C <semantic-web@w3c.org>
Apologies for any cross-posting, but we'd be happy to see some of the more
interdisciplinary Semantic Web and Linked Data work here. cheers, harry

5th ACM Web Science Conference (WebSci ’13)
May 2-4, 2014. Paris, France
Deadline for papers: Feb. 1st 2013

Web Science is the emergent science of the people, organizations,
applications, and policies that shape and are shaped by the Web, the
largest informational artifact constructed by humans in history.  Web
Science embraces the study of the Web as a vast universal information
network of people and communities. As such, Web Science includes the study
of social networks whose work, expression, and play take place on the Web.
The social sciences and computational sciences meet in Web Science and
complement one another: Studying human behavior and social interaction
contributes to our understanding of the Web, while Web data is transforming
how social science is conducted. The Web presents us with a great
opportunity as well as an obligation: If we are to ensure the Web benefits
humanity we must do our best to understand it.

Call for Papers

The Web Science conference is inherently interdisciplinary, as it attempts
to integrate computer and information sciences, communication, linguistics,
sociology, psychology, economics, law, political science, philosophy,
digital humanities, and other disciplines in pursuit of an understanding of
the Web. This conference is unique in the manner in which it brings these
disciplines together in creative and critical dialogue, and we invite
papers from all the above disciplines, and in particular those that cross
traditional disciplinary boundaries.

Web Science also offers a wide range of presentation modes in keeping with
its diversity. The conference separates mode of presentation from mode of
publication; for example, a striking new result might be presented as a
poster or in a pecha kucha  session for short, impactful results, and yet
would still  merit a full ten-page paper in the conference proceedings.
The Web Science poster session, in particular, has been always been
exceptionally strong.

Following the success of WebSci'09 in Athens, WebSci'10 in Raleigh,
WebSci'11 in Koblenz, and WebSci ’12 in Evanston, we are seeking papers and
research notes that describe original research, analysis, and practice in
the field of Web Science, as well as extended abstracts that discuss novel
and thought-provoking ideas and works-in-progress.

Possible topics for submissions include, but are not limited to, the

* Analysis of human behavior using social media, mobile devices, and online
* Methodological challenges of analyzing Web-based large-scale social
* Data-mining and network analysis of the Web and human communities on the
* Detailed studies of micro-level processes and interactions on the Web
* Collective intelligence, collaborative production, and social computing
* The architecture and philosophy of the Web
* The intersection of design and human interaction on the Web
* Economics and social innovation on the Web
* Governance, democracy, intellectual property, and the commons
* Personal data, trust, and privacy
* Web and social media research ethics
* Studies of Linked Data, the Cloud, and digital eco-systems.
* Web access, literacy, and development
* Knowledge, education, and scholarship on and through the Web
* People-driven Web technologies, including crowd-sourcing, open data, and
new interfaces
* Digital humanities, webarchiving techniques and scholarly uses of Web
* New research questions and thought-provoking ideas


Web Science is necessarily a very selective conference with a rigorous
review process. To accommodate the distinct traditions of its many
disciplines,  we provide three different submission formats: papers, notes,
and abstracts.

Research Papers & Research Notes

Research papers and research notes should present new results and original
work that has not been previously published. Research papers should present
significant theoretical, empirical, methodological, or policy-oriented
contributions to research and/or practice. Research notes should describe
brief and focused research contributions that are noteworthy. Archival is

Papers can be up to 10 pages; notes up to 4 pages. All submissions should
be formatted according to the official ACM SIG proceedings template (WebSci
archive format at
submitted via EasyChair (

Extended Abstracts

Extended abstracts should describe either (1) thought-provoking ideas with
the potential for interesting discussions at the conference, or (2)
works-in-progress for sharing valuable ideas, eliciting feedback on
early-stage work, or fostering discussions and collaborations among
colleagues. Archival is optional.

Extended abstracts can be up to 6 pages, and should be formatted according
to the official ACM SIG abstract template (extended abstract format at
http://www.acm.org/sigs/publications/proceedings-templates) and submitted
via EasyChair (https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=websci2013).

Web Science Fringe Festival

The Web Science Fringe Festival presents work from the arts and sciences
that pertains to Web Science but falls outside the conventional range of
academic publication in the natural and social sciences.  This might
include, for example:

* performance art on, in, or about the Web
* painting, sculpture, or other media that comments on Web phenomena
* interactive drama and hyperdrama, either within or outside the Web
* electronic literature and virtual art
* pioneering web design
* location-aware and location-specific narrative
* augmented reality
* netart
* artistic data visualizations

This catalog is intended to be suggestive but not exhaustive.  Limited
assistance may be available to creators.  Archival is optional.

Applications to participate in the fringe festival  should not exceed 6
pages, and should be formatted according to the official ACM SIG abstract
template (extended abstract format at
http://www.acm.org/sigs/publications/proceedings-templates and submitted
via EasyChair (https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=websci2013).

Review, Publication, and Presentation

The Web Science program committee consists of a senior program committee
that covers all relevant areas of Web Science as well as regular program
committee members from these areas. Each submission will be refereed by at
least 3 PC members and one senior PC member, to cover both the research
background of each submission as well as the necessary interdisciplinary

Review criteria for all types of submissions include significance,
originality, presentation, validity, and the ability to stimulate
discussion, with different emphases depending on the submission category to
allow for consideration of all relevant works contributing to the
advancement of Web Science.

All accepted papers, notes, and extended abstracts will appear in the Web
Science 2013 Conference Proceedings and can also be made available through
the ACM Digital Library, in the same length and format of the submission
(although those wishing not be indexed can “opt out” of the proceedings).
Regardless of the submission format, accepted submissions will be presented
in one of three formats: 1) as a 20-minute presentation followed by
discussion, 2) during one of the poster presentations and discussion
sessions, 3) or as part of a panel discussion. Research papers, research
notes, and extended abstracts are eligible for presentation in any of the
three formats, depending on reviewer recommendations. Submissions that are
thought-provoking and novel will be more appropriate for longer
presentation, while those that are expected to stimulate discussion will be
ideal for presentation in smaller groups or as posters.


* February 1st 2013: Submissions of papers, notes, and fringe festival
proposals due
* March 1st 2013: Notification of acceptance  for papers, notes, and fringe
festival proposals due
* March 15th 2013: Camera-ready version of papers and notes due.
* March 16th 2013: Submissions of late-breaking extended abstracts due
* April 9th 2013: Notification of acceptance of late-breaking extended
* May 2-4, 2013: Web Science 2013, Paris, France

General Chairs

Hugh Davis, University of Southampton, UK
Harry Halpin, W3C/IRI, France
Alex “Sandy” Pentland, MIT, USA

Program Chairs

Mark Bernstein, Eastgate Systems, Inc. USA
Lada A. Adamic, University of Michigan, USA
Harith Alani, Knowledge Media Institute, Open University, UK
Alexandre Monnin, Université Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne/IRI/INRIA, France
Richard Rogers, Universiteit van Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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