5th ACM Web Science Conference (WebSci ’13)

May 1-5, 2014. Paris, France

Deadline for papers: Feb. 1st 2013

Web Science is the emergent science of the people, organizations, applications, and of 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 following:

* Analysis of human behavior using social media, mobile devices, and online communities.
* Methodological challenges of analyzing Web-based large-scale social interaction
* Data-mining and network analysis of the Web and human communities on the Web
* 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 archives
* 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 optional.

Papers, which should be in English, 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 <http://www.acm.org/sigs/publications/proceedings-templates> and submitted via EasyChair (<https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=websci2013>).

Extended abstracts

Extended abstracts, which should be in English, can be up to 6 pages, and should be formatted according to the official ACM SIG abstract template (extended abstract format at <https://www.dropbox.com/sh/pl130rtd134fxu6/hiyzXgWwTs>) and submitted via EasyChair (<https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=websci2013>).

Web Science Fringe Festival

The Web Science Fringe Festival takes an “unconference” approach to presenting 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. Unconventional presentations and interactions are encouraged. Limited assistance may be available to creators. Archival documentation is optional. French Language events are also encouraged.

The call for Web Science Fringe Events will follow in early February.

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.

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
* February 4th 2013, Workshop Proposals due
* March 1st 2013: Notification of acceptance  for papers and notes
* February 15 2013: Workshop Acceptance Notification:
* March 15th 2013: Camera-ready version of papers and notes due.
* March 16th 2013: Submissions of late-breaking extended abstracts due
* March 30, 2013: Final workshop proceedings, including attendees list
* April 9th 2013: Notification of acceptance of late-breaking extended abstracts
* May 2-4, 2013: Web Science 2013, Paris, France
* May 1st and May 5th 2013: Web Science 2013 Workshops, Paris, France

General Chairs

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

Proceedings Chair
Matthew S. Webber, Rutgers University

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
Ioannis Anagnostopoulos (University of the Aegean)
Lora Aroyo (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
Wouter Van Atteveldt (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
Bruno Bachimont (UTC)
Alain Barrat (C.N.R.S.)
Nancy Baym (University of Kansas)
Jamie Blustein (Dalhousie University)
Michael Bywater (University of Warwick)
Carlos Alberto Alejandro CASTILLO (Qatar Computing Research Institute)
Dominique Cardon (Orange Labs)
Les Carr (University of Southhampton)
Ciro Cattuto (ISI Foundation)
Pablo Cesar (Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica)
John Henry Clippinger (Harvard University)
Kate Crawford (University of New South Wales)
Brian Croxall (Emory University)
Hugh Davis (University of Southhampton)
David DeRoure (University of Southhampton)
Stefan Dietze (L3S)
Alan Dix (University of Birmingham)
Graeme Earl (University of Southhampton)
Jim Fallows (The Atlantic Monthly)
Miriam Fernandez (Open University)
Fabien Gandon (INRIA)
Aldo Gangemi (CNR)
Carole Goble (The University of Manchester)
Dave Grey: Liminl LLC)
Conor Hayes (DERI)
Clare Hooper (University of Southhampton)
Yuk Hui (University of Luneberg)
Nicolas Jullien (TELECOM Bretagne)
Marcel Karnstedt (DERI)
Jerome Kunegis (Universität Koblenz-Landau)
George P. Landow (Brown University)
Christophe Lejeune (Université de Liège)
Pierre Livet (Université d'Aix)
Cathy Marshall (Microsoft Research)
Stacey Mason (Univeristy of California Santa Cruz)
J. Nathan Matias (MIT)
Yelena Mejova (Yahoo Research)
Yann Moulier-Boutang (Université de Technologie de Compiègne,)
Frank Nack (Universiteit van Amsterdam)
Wolfgang Nejdl (L3S)
Kieron O'Hara (University of Southhampton)
Gilles Phillips (Constant Contact)
Daniele Quercia (Yahoo Labs)
Jill Walker Rettberg (Universitetet i Bergen)
Daniel Romero (Northwestern University)
Inbal Ronen (IBM)
Matthew Rowe (University of Lancaster)
Daniel Schwabe (Pontifica Universidade Católica)
Wendy Seltzer (Yale)
Judith Simon (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology)
Eddie Soulier (Université de Technologie de Troyes)
Steffen Staab (Universität Koblenz-Landau)
Susana Pajares Tosca (IT-Universitetet i København)
Johann Ugander (Cornell University)
Michalis Vafopoulos (National Technical University of Athens)
Tommaso Venturini (Science Po)
Mark Veyrat (Université de Savoie)
Matthew Weber (Rutgers University)
Marcus Wigan (Oxford Systematics)



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