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

Call for Workshops

During the last two decades the World Wide Web has played an increasingly important role in our society; it has affected social behaviors, political movements, business processes, economic structures, regulatory frameworks, artistic production and, to a varying degree, every aspect of life for a large portion of citizens of the world.

Despite the current and projected impact of the Web on society, our understanding of the Web phenomena is comparatively poor. We have a limited global vision of how new technologies may affect Web usage and its long-term sustainability. We also don’t fully grasp yet the social, economic, and creative processes that underlie Web activity.

Such limited understanding is due to the complexity of the Web phenomena, and the fact that no single classic discipline can, by itself, provide a global picture of it.

Furthermore, as the Web increasingly offers opportunities for learning, social interaction, political activism, entertainment, research, business, and many other endeavors, it is necessary to ensure that all world citizens and communities are given the opportunity to access and create Web resources in a manner that is adapted to their needs, culture, language, and individual specificity.

In order to achieve these objectives, the Web should be understood, not simply as a technological infrastructure, but as the collection of processes and phenomena emerging from the interaction of people with such infrastructure.

The workshop program aims at addressing a variety of the issues raised by the World Wide Web complex ecosystem. Proposals are particularly welcome from communities currently at the fringe of Web Science. Possible workshop themes may include, but are not limited to:

  • Ethical and political considerations surrounding the Web, e.g. what is the right balance between security and privacy? Does copyright protection limit freedom of information access? How to ensure corporate rights to profit while preserving users’ right to control?
  • Issues of new economic models and business processes afforded within the Web ecosystem
  • The definition of new boundaries for regulatory frameworks capable of replacing the nation states boundaries disappeared in the cyber world
  • Questions of individual and community identities afforded and constrained by the Web’s new mediating means
  • Web and creativity
  • Web and performance
  • Web and innovation
  • Education and learning in the Web era

 Workshops organization

Workshops are intended to be genuine interactive events and not limited to paper presentation. We welcome workshops with creative structures and organizations that attract various types of contributions and ensure rich interactions.

We strongly advise having more than one organizer, preferably from different institutions, bringing different perspectives to the workshop topic. We also suggest that plan be made for pre-workshop and post-workshop online activities for participants.

Workshop organizers will be responsible for the following:

  • Advertising the workshop
  • Constituting the workshop program committee
  • Managing paper reviews or any other selection process
  • Workshop proceedings

Workshops may be full-day or half-day and will take place on Wednesday May 1st and Sunday May 5th.

The primary language of the conference is English, but French Language Workshops are also encouraged.

Workshops attendance is included in the conference registration fee.

This year, the Web Science and the Hypertext conferences will have a joint workshops program, meaning that attendees of each conference will be able to participate in both Web Science and Hypertext workshops.

Important dates:

See important dates page

Workshop proposals

Workshop proposals should be no more than 5 pages in length, and should contain the following information:

  • Workshop title
  • A brief description of the workshop, specifying its goals and motivation
  • A brief discussion of why the topic is of particular interest at this time
  • A brief description of why and to whom the workshop is of interest, the workshop audience as well as the expected number of participants
  • A brief description of the proposed workshop format and preliminary schedule. Please describe the events, such as paper presentations, invited talks, panels, activities, and general discussion, that you expect to propose
  • A description of the paper review or selection process
  • If applicable, a description of pre-workshop and post-workshop events
  • If applicable, a description of past versions of the workshop, including URLs as well as submission and acceptance counts
  • The names and contact information (web page, email address) of the proposed organizing committee and short description of their relevant experience, please indicate prior experience in organizing similar for a if applicable. All organizing committee members must be confirmed at the time of the proposal
  • A list of (potential) members of the program committee (at least 50% have to be known and confirmed at the time of the proposal).
  • Proposed duration of the workshop (full-day or half-day)

Please submit workshop proposals to  

For any inquiry please contact the workshop chair: Claudia Roda


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