Here is the second call for contributions at the 8th International ACM
Web Science 2016 conference.
This includes the 2nd Call for Papers and Abstracts, as well as Workshop
and Tutorial Proposals.
Conference Website: http://www.websci16.org/
Submissions on EasyChair:
Dates: May 22nd - May 25th, 2015
Venue: Hannover, Germany
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************* Call for Papers and Abstracts *************
The Web Science conference welcomes participation from all disciplines
including, but not limited to, art, computer and information sciences,
communication, economics, humanities, informatics, law, linguistics,
philosophy, political science, psychology, and sociology, in pursuit of
an understanding of the Web. This conference is unique in bringing these
disciplines together in creative and critical dialogue. We particularly
welcome contributions that seek to cross traditional disciplinary
We are seeking papers and abstracts 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.
**** Topics ****
Possible topics for submissions include, but are not limited to, the
- Theoretical, methodological and ethical approaches for Web Science
- Web practices – individual and/or collective and/or institutional
- Humanities on the Web
- The architecture and philosophy of the Web
- Web Science approaches to Data Science and the Web of Data
- Web Science and the Internet of Things
- Social machines, collective intelligence and collaborative production
- Analysis of online social and information networks
- Social Media analytics for Web Science
- Web economics, social entrepreneurship and innovation
- Web Science and Cybersecurity
- Governance, democracy, intellectual property, and the commons
- Personal data, trust, and privacy
- Web access, literacy, and development
- Knowledge, education, and scholarship on and through the Web
- Health and well-being online
- Arts and culture on the Web
- Data curation and stewardship in Web Science
- Web archiving techniques and scholarly uses of Web archives
**** Submission ****
Web Science 2015 is a very selective conference with a rigorous review
process. To accommodate the distinct traditions of its many disciplines,
we allow for three different paper submission formats: full papers,
short papers, and extended abstracts.
Full papers are 8-10 pages long, ACM double column. Full papers should
present new and substantial theoretical, empirical, methodological, or
policy-oriented contributions to research and/or practice. Full papers
include an abstract, an introduction, sections and about 30 references.
Full papers should be original work that has not been previously
Short papers are 3-5 pages long, ACM double column. Short papers should
present new and substantial theoretical, empirical, methodological, or
policy-oriented contributions to research and/or practice. Short papers
should include an abstract, an introductory paragraph and about 20
references. Short papers should be original work that has not been
Extended abstracts are ~ 2 pages long, ACM double column. Extended
abstracts present new research of broad significance for the WebSci
community. Extended abstracts include about 10 references.
Full and short papers could be assigned to any of the three presentation
modes—long talk, short talk and poster. Extended abstracts will be
assigned to the poster sessions. The final mode of presentation will be
determined by qualities of the paper like maturity of research, strength
of argument, interdisciplinary approach and impetus to spur further
work. Senior chairs may decide to recommend extended abstracts of
particular relevance to short talks.
All types of accepted submissions will be included in the proceedings,
which will be archived by the Association for Computing Machinery
Digital Library. However, to accommodate publication habits of different
scientific communities, we allow authors to opt out of having their
contribution appear in the proceedings.
We will organize a special issue of The Journal of Web Science. Authors
of selected full and short papers and extended abstracts will be
contacted and invited to submit a full-length journal paper for the
special issue. All the papers invited to this submission will go through
a peer-review process before receiving final approval.
**** IMPORTANT DATES ****
February 1, 2016 (Monday), Intention to Submit: Intentions to submit
short papers, long papers or extended abstracts must be indicated by
submitting a very short abstract on EasyChair
(https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=websci16). These intentions to
submit are used to assign reviewers before final submission. Without
"intention to submit" by February 1 submissions of long papers, short
papers or extended abstracts cannot be accepted.
February 8, 2016 ( Monday), Submission of long papers, short papers,
extended Abstracts: PDFs of these submissions must be uploaded by this
March 18, 2016 ( Friday), Notification: Acceptances and rejections of
long papers, short papers and extended abstracts are sent out.
April 15, 2016 ( Friday), Camera-ready: Presenters who do not opt out of
having their contribution appear in the proceedings must upload the
camera-ready copy of their paper to EasyChair by this date.
**** Program Co-chairs ****
Paolo Parigi, Stanford University
Steffen Staab, Universität Koblenz-Landau, Germany & University of
**** Senior Programme Committee ****
(with primary speciality in Web Science)
Ulrike Cress, Univ. Tübingen & Leibniz IWM (Psychology)
David Lazer, Northeastern (Computational Social Science)
Geert-Jan Houben, TU Delft (Web engineering)
Frank Schweitzer, ETH Zürich (Complex Systems)
Sophie Stallard-Bourdillon, Univ. of Southampton (Law)
...to be extended...
*************************** Call for Workshop Proposals
In a world increasingly connected by the Web, the divide between online
and offline is blurrier than ever. The Web serves as global newspaper,
television station, marketplace, agora, or museum. As a great deal of
social interaction moves online, the Internet promises researchers a
portal into the social life of humanity. Furthermore, the Internet
promises not only insight into, but also a full transformation of social
Despite the prevalent impression of Internet saturation that may prevail
in many developed societies, the majority of humans are still offline.
New Internet users experience the Web through radically different and
diverse mobile interfaces. Although many digital prophets promised a
world where place and class would be irrelevant, the Internet has not
freed us from geography or social inequality: the “digital divide” is
alive and well, with socially-disadvantaged people often having dismal
access to the Internet.
It is thus important for scholars of the Internet to take a reasoned,
critical view of the Web. We call for discussion around the ways in
which the Web as a platform, as well as Web Science, can help address
global challenges. To this end we invite workshop proposals for the 2016
edition of the ACM WebSci conference, on topics such as, but not limited
-The Web and Geography
-The Mobile Revolution and Web Science
-Web Science and Social Good
-Digital Inequalities on the Web
-The Internet in recent Middle-Eastern History
-Crime on the Web and Security
We encourage proposals on the above topics, and likewise welcome
submissions on already-established areas of focus for ACM WebSci such
-Web Architecture and Organization
-Social Network Analysis
-Data Ethics, Privacy and Security
-Statistics on the Web
Workshops can have a mixture of panel presentations and invited
speakers, but presentations should reflect the diversity of approaches
that characterise the multidisciplinary nature of Web Science.
### Workshop submission ###
Workshop proposals should contain the following information:
-Title summarising the tutorial goals or workshop theme.
-Name and affiliations of the organizers.
-Details of the organising/program committee, including names and
institutional affiliations and -whether they have accepted to
-Max two-page description about the relevance, motivation and goals of
the workshop, as well as pointers to past editions, if any.
-Schedule of sessions, panels, and talks, including if it is a half- or
-Names of potential invited speakers with an indication of whether they
have accepted the preliminary invitation.
-Selection criteria for papers to be presented if the workshop invites
It is the prerogative of organisers to decide whether to have an open
call for participants and papers, or arrange panels by invitation only.
Proposals should include as many details as possible about sessions,
speakers, and talks: they will be evaluated by their coherence and
ability to address the stated goals.
It is the responsibility of the organisers to advertise their event, and
constitute a program committee to review and select papers and manage
the review process if they wish to include paper presentations in their
If successful, we advise proposals to have a website describing the
event (within three weeks of acceptance). Workshop websites will be
linked to from the main conference site.
Proposals should be submitted in pdf format via email to
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### Publication of Workshop Submissions ###
Submissions to the proposed workshops may be included in the WebSci
proceedings, or workshop organizers may choose to not publish their
submissions. If the workshop proceedings are to be included in the
conference proceedings then the camera-ready deadline (see below) must
be adhered too.
### Workshop proposal review ###
The Web Science programme chairs will review each submission and select
those with the highest scores on originality, timeliness and relevance
of the proposed topic, its interdisciplinarity, rigour of the review
process, coherence with the conference aims, and potential to attract a
### Workshop proposal deadlines ###
December 17, 2015 - Workshop proposal submissions
December 24, 2015 - Notification of workshop acceptance
January 14, 2016 - Workshop website due
February-March 2016 - Workshop paper submission and notification
deadlines (if applicable, details left to workshop organizers)
April 17, 2016 - Camera-ready workshop papers due (if inclusion in
conference proceedings is desired)
May 22, 2016 - Workshop date
### Workshop Chairs ###
Ingmar Weber, QCRI, Qatar | Twitter : @ingmarweber
Bogdan State, Facebook & Stanford, USA | Twitter : @bogdanstate
************************************** CALL FOR TUTORIALS
TUTORIALS AT WEB SCIENCE 2016 (www.websci16.org)
Submission Deadline: December 1, 2015
Proposal Submission Email: [log in to unmask]
Notification of acceptance: December 10, 2015
Tutorials will be held on 22 May 2016 in Hannover, Germany.
WebSci is seeking proposals for tutorials about tools, techniques, and
research methodologies that allow Web Scientists to analyze and
understand phenomena on the Web. Given the interdisciplinary nature of
the WebSci community, consisting of experts in Computer Science, Social
Science and Engineering, we specifically aim for tutorials which either
introduce technical topics, methods and tools to a non-technical
audience or present social science methods and theories to a more
technical audience. Tutorials may provide, for instance, an in depth
look at an emerging technique, method or software package or a broad
summary of an important direction in the field.
The tutorial format will be entirely determined by the tutorial
organizers. We will favor tutorials embed hands-on experiences,
collaborative approaches, and interactivity above tutorials that provide
only frontal lectures. We are looking for contributions from experts
from different disciplines such as social science, computer science,
physics and economics.
PROPOSAL CONTENT AND FORMAT
Proposals for tutorials should be no more than four (4) pages in length
(10pt, single column, with reasonable margins), written in English, and
should include the following:
Tutorial title and summary. A short description (500 words max) of the
scope main objective of the tutorial that will be published on the main
Names, affiliations, emails, and personal websites of the tutorial
organizers. A main contact author should be specified. A typical
proposal should include no more than four co-organizers.
Duration. The tutorial duration can range between two hours to the full
day, depending on the type of activities scheduled. The Tutorial Chair
might conditionally accept a proposal and suggest a different duration
to best fit the organization of the whole event.
Tutorial schedule and activities. A description of the proposed tutorial
format, a schedule of the proposed activities (e.g., presentations,
interactive sessions) along with a *detailed* description for each of
them. The tutor(s) for each activity should be specified as well.
Target audience, prerequisites and outcomes. A description of the target
audience, the prerequisite skill set for the attendee as well as a list
of goals for the tutor to accomplish by the end of the tutorial.
Expected number of attendees. This is required for logistics planning.
Material available on the tutorial website. The organizers of accepted
tutorials are encouraged to set up on their own a web page containing
all the information for the tutorial attendees before the tutorial day.
The proposal should contain a detailed list of the material that will be
made available on the website.
Precedent [when available]: If the authors of the proposal have
organized other tutorials in the past, pointers to the relevant material
(e.g., slides, videos, web pages, code) should be provided.
Special requirements [when needed]: A list of equipment and that needs
to be made available by conference organizers (other than wifi, a
projector, and a regular workshop room setup).
Submissions must be in PDF to the submission email
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The full conference fee will be waived to the tutorial organizers.
(ALL DEADLINES ARE ON 23:59:59 HAWAII STANDARD TIME)
Tutorials proposal submission deadline: December 1, 2015
Tutorials acceptance notification: December 10, 2015
Tutorial sites and materials online: February 1, 2016
WebSci Tutorials Day: 22 May, 2016
Tutorial Chair: Claudia Wagner (GESIS & Univ. Koblenz-Landau)
L3S Research Center
Leibniz Universität Hannover
30167 Hannover, Germany
Phone: +49. 511. 762-5772
Fax: +49. 511. 762-19712
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