ACM Web Science 2013, May 2-4th in Paris

WebSci Fringe

Submissions are invited for fringe events to accompany the main Web Science conference schedule.

The objective is to attract a vibrant community participating in fringe activities which complement the main academic programme.

By making the time and space for WebSciFringe we are inviting submissions and proposals for activities which can encompass the participative and the performative and which will range from panels, discussions, debates through to performance, presentations and demonstrations.

The Parisian salon of the 18th Century was a hothouse for intellectual debate and scientific progress, and we hope that WebSciFringe will begin a similar tradition in Paris in 2013.

Proposers are expected to use the Fringe Meetup Page and independent self-publicity to evolve their proposals and grow community. The main conference will provide (a few) space and time slots which will be allocated to those events which can demonstrate the greatest community enthusiasm. If oversubscribed, we will encourage proposers to identify suitable alternative venues nearby. The most successful activities are expected to have a strong social component and be enjoyable and appealing to participants.

Fringe events are separate from the formal conference review process, however the validation of peers will be an important factor if events are to run successfully

Event Formats

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

as well as more traditional demos, panels and discussions.

This catalog is intended to be suggestive but not exhaustive. Unconventional presentations and interactions are encouraged. Limited assistance may be available to creators. French Language events are also encouraged.


Webscience, six years on from its original declaration and claim staking, is still a young and emerging community.

The territory is being marked, researchers and academics are collecting and analysing data and publications and academic debates are emerging.

Core to the claims of the shape of Web Science is the tenet that it is fundamentally interdisciplinary, web science practitioners can be found across a wide range of academic areas; a facet which of itself uncovers tensions when observers from widely different academic and epistemological traditions attempt to engage in meaningful discourse.

The observations of ‘Academic tribes and territories’ is highly relevant to this fast evolving field. If web science is to grow, it must incorporate and reassemble multiple dialogues extending across the whole disciplinary area.

Web science has more recently been described as the science of social machines, but the social and the web extend to an increasingly imaginative, creative and vibrant range of social and artistic practices.

The proposal to create a websci fringe comes out of a desire to recognise and nurture communities which are at the fringe of the Web Science academic community. The intention is that, like other ACM communities such as CHI, related and emerging communities can benefit from a place, forum and association with the more formal programme which is derived from peer reviewed academic submissions. Additionally there will be cultural activities which may be recognised at the practice of web science which might be synergetic with formal web science programme.

An advantage of this format is that it can support active participation from colleagues without sacrificing a publication which might preferably be submitted to a peer reviewed journal.

Make a Proposal

You need to go to the WebSci Fringe Meetup Page and sign up to attend the fringe. NOTE: You can get on with proposing items for the fringe even before you register for the conference.

Your Proposal needs to:

  • Tell people what the event is (panel? discussions? debate? performance? presentation? demonstration? participative event? birds of a feather (BOF) session? etc.)
  • Describe your event.
  • Tell us if you would like the committee to provide space (we could provide a room for a suitably attended event), or are you simply going to to meet in a local café or bar?

When you have added a suitable discussion post, get people to reply/like your post to get community round the event.

As the conference draws nearer you will be able to see the program and decide when the event will be best held, and where it can be held.

Please Address any queries to:
Su White


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