2nd Call for Papers
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
Deadlines – See Important dates page
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 and submitted via EasyChair. (See the Submissions Page for details)
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 colleagues. Archival is optional.
Extended abstracts, which should be in English, can be up to 6 pages, and should be formatted according to the ACM Extended Abstract template and submitted via EasyChair. (See the Submissions Page for details). The call for extended abstracts will be made in early February.
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
* 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.
There is a separate call for workshops.