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[ecrea] ACM Web Science Conference (WebSci14)

Thu Nov 07 10:23:05 GMT 2013


ACM Web Science Conference (WebSci14), June 23-26, 2014

Bloomington, Indiana, USA * @WebSciConf * #WebSci14

Deadline for papers: Feb. 23rd 2014

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.

Following the success of WebSci'09 in Athens, WebSci'10 in Raleigh,
WebSci'11 in Koblenz, WebSci 12 in Evanston, and WebSci13 in Paris, for the 2014 conference we are seeking papers and posters that describe original research, analysis, and practice in the field of Web Science, as well as work that discusses 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 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

* Theories and methods for computational social science on the Web

* Studies of public health and health-related behavior on the Web

* 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

* Big data and the study of the Web

* 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

* Arts & culture on the Web or engaging audiences using Web resources

* Web archiving techniques and scholarly uses of Web archives

* New research questions and thought-provoking ideas


Web Science is necessarily a very selective single track conference with a rigorous review process. To accommodate the distinct traditions of its many disciplines, we provide three different submission formats: full papers, short papers, and posters. For all types of submissions, inclusion in the ACM DL proceedings will be by default, but not mandatory (opt-out via EasyChair). All accepted research papers (full and short papers) will be presented during the single-track conference. All accepted posters will be given a spot in the single-track lightning talk session, and room to present their papers during a dedicated poster session.

Full research papers (5 to 10 pages, ACM double column, 20 mins presentation including Q&A)

Full research papers should present new results and original work that has not been previously published. Research papers should present substantial theoretical, empirical, methodological, or policy-oriented contributions to research and/or practice.

Short research papers (up to 5 pages, ACM double column, 15 mins presentation including Q&A)

Short research papers should present new results and original work that has not been previously published. Research papers can present preliminary theoretical, empirical, methodological, or policy-oriented contributions to research and/or practice.

Full and short paper submissions should be formatted according to the official ACM SIG proceedings template (WebSci archive format at

Posters (up to 6 pages, ACM abstract template, lightning talk + poster

Extended abstracts for posters, 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

Other creative submission formats (flexible formats)

Other types of creative submissions are also encouraged, and the exact format and style of presentation are open. Examples might include artistic performances or installations, interactive exhibits, demonstrations, or other creative formats. For these submissions, the proposers should make clear both what they propose to do, and any special requirements they would need to successfully do it (in terms of space, time, technology, etc.)

Instructions for all types of submissions will be posted on the
WebSci14 conference website soon.


The Web Science program committee consists of a program committee that covers all relevant areas of Web Science. Each submission will be refereed by three PC members and one short meta review written by a Co-PC chair,to cover both the research background of each submission as well as the necessary interdisciplinary aspects.

(Optional) Archival Proceedings in the ACM Digital Library

All accepted papers and posters will by default appear in the Web Science 2014 Conference Proceedings and can also be made available through the ACM Digital Library, in the same length and format of the submission unless indicated otherwise (those wishing not to be indexed and archived can opt out of the proceedings).

Deadlines (tentative)

Full & Short Papers:

* 23 February 2014: Submissions of full and short papers

* 13 April 2014: Notification of acceptance for papers

* 11 May 2014: Camera-ready version of papers and posters due

Late Breaking Posters:

* 23 March 2014: Submissions of posters

* 13 April 2014: Notification of acceptance for posters

* 11 May 2014: Camera-ready version of posters due

Authors take note: The official publication date is the date the proceedings are made available in the ACM Digital Library. This date may be up to two weeks prior to the first day of the conference. The official publication date affects the deadline for any patent filings related to published work. (If proceedings are published in the ACM Digital Library after the conference is over, the official publication date is the first day of the conference.)

Call for Workshops

TBA - more information will be made available on the conference website soon

Conference calendar and rough program

- 23 June 2014: workshops, opening reception and keynote
- 24 June 2014: keynote(s), technical program, poster reception
- 25 June 2014: keynote(s), technical program, social event
- 26 June 2014: keynote, technical program, closing

General chairs

- Fil Menczer, Indiana University
- Jim Hendler, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

- Bill Dutton, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford

Program chairs

- Markus Strohmaier, University of Koblenz and GESIS (Computing)
- Ciro Cattuto, ISI Foundation (Physics)
- Eric T. Meyer, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford (Social Sciences)


Eric T. Meyer, PhD
Senior Research Fellow & DPhil Programme Director
Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford
Email: (eric.meyer /at/<mailto:(eric.meyer /at/>
Twitter: @etmeyer

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