[CITASA] [CFP] Web Science 2012

Brian Keegan bkeegan at northwestern.edu
Thu Jan 19 10:04:04 EST 2012

*4th ACM Web Science Conference (WebSci’12)*

*June 22-24, 2012, Northwestern University, Chicago*

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*Call for Papers*

Web Science embraces the study of the Web as a vast information network of
people and communities. It also includes the study of people and
communities using the digital records of user activity mediated by the Web.
An understanding of human behavior and social interaction can contribute to
our understanding of the Web, and data obtained from the Web can contribute
to our understanding of human behavior and social interaction. Accordingly,
Web Science involves analysis and design of Web architecture and
applications, as well as studies of the people, organizations, and policies
that shape and are shaped by the Web.****

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To address these diverse goals, the Web Science conference is inherently
interdisciplinary, integrating computer and information sciences,
communication, linguistics, sociology, psychology, economics, law,
political science, and other disciplines. 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, as
well as those that cross traditional disciplinary boundaries.****

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Following the success of WebSci'09 in Athens, WebSci'10 in Raleigh, and
WebSci'11 in Koblenz, 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.****

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

- Analysis of human behavior and social interaction using data from social
media, online networks and communities****

- Methodological challenges of analyzing Web-based large-scale human
interaction and behavior****

- Network analysis of the Web****

- Microlevel processes and interactions on the Web****

- Collective intelligence, collaborative production, and social computing***

- Structure and organization on the Web****

- Web communities and online lifestyles****

- Web, society, and innovation****

- Intellectual property and the commons****

- Governance, trust, and privacy****

- Web access, literacy, and democracy****

- Knowledge, education, and scholarship on and through the Web****

- People-driven Web technologies, including social search, open data, and
new interfaces****

- Using the digital records of user activity mediated by the Web****

- New research questions and thought-provoking ideas, emphasizing the
intersection of design and social interaction****

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Web Science is a strongly interdisciplinary field, with areas representing
different traditions for conferences and publications. Therefore this year
we are providing three different submission formats (papers, notes, and
abstracts) to allow for a wide range of submissions from all disciplines
relevant for Web Science.****

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*Submission Guidelines for 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.****

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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
and submitted via EasyChair.****

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*Submission Guidelines for 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

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Extended abstracts can be up to 6 pages, and should be formatted according
to the official ACM SIG abstract template (extended abstract format at
and submitted via EasyChair.****

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*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
aspects. 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.****

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All accepted papers, notes, and extended abstracts will appear in the Web
Science 2012 Conference Proceedings and will also be available through the
ACM Digital Library, in the same length and format of the submission.
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.****

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February 12: Submissions of papers and notes due****

February 26: Submissions of extended abstracts due****

March 31: Notification of acceptance****

April 29: Final versions of papers, notes, and extended abstracts due****

June 22-24: Web Science 2011 Conference, Evanston, Illinois, USA****

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*General Chairs*

Noshir Contractor, Northwestern University, US****

Brian Uzzi, Northwestern University, US****

*Program Chairs*

Michael Macy, Cornell University, US****

Wolfgang Nejdl, L3S Research Center, Germany****

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Brian C. Keegan
Ph.D. Student - Media, Technology, & Society
School of Communication, Northwestern University

Science of Networks in Communities, Laboratory for Collaborative Technology
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