Call for Paper: 5th ACM Web Science Conference (WebSci ’13)

5th ACM Web Science Conference (WebSci ’13)
May 2-4, 2013. 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 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


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