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Subject: Web Science Conference 2012 2d Call for Papers
Date: Mon, 30 Jan 2012 14:00:30 -0500

2nd Call for Papers

Web Science Conference 2012, Evanston, Chicago, IL

Web Science embraces the study of the Web as a vast information network
of people and communities. It also includes the study of people and
communities using the digital records of user activity mediated by the
Web. An understanding of human behavior and social interaction can
contribute to our understanding of the Web, and data obtained from the
Web can contribute to our understanding of human behavior and social
interaction. Accordingly, Web Science involves analysis and design of
Web architecture and applications, as well as studies of the people,
organizations, and policies that shape and are shaped by the Web.

To address these diverse goals, the Web Science conference is inherently
interdisciplinary, integrating computer and information sciences,
communication, linguistics, sociology, psychology, economics, law,
political science, and other disciplines. 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,
as well as those that cross traditional disciplinary boundaries.

Following the success of WebSci’09 in Athens, WebSci’10 in Raleigh, and
WebSci’11 in Koblenz, 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 submission include, but are not limited to, the
   * Analysis of human behavior and social interaction using data from
     social media, online networks and communities 
   * Methodological challenges of analyzing Web-based large-scale human
     interaction and behavior 
   * Network analysis of the Web
   * Microlevel processes and interactions on the Web
   * Collective intelligence, collaborative production, and social computing
   * Structure and organization on the Web
   * Web communities and online lifestyles
   * Web, society, and innovation
   * Intellectual property and the commons
   * Governance, trust, and privacy
   * Web access, literacy, and democracy
   * Knowledge, education, and scholarship on and through the Web
   * People-driven Web technologies, including social search, open
     data, and new interfaces 
   * Using the digital records of user activity mediated by the Web
   * New research questions and thought-provoking ideas, emphasizing
     the intersection of design and social interaction 


Web Science is a strongly interdisciplinary field, with areas
representing different traditions for conferences and
publications. Therefore this year we are providing three different
submission formats (papers, notes, and abstracts) to allow for a wide
range of submissions from all disciplines relevant for Web Science.

Submission Guidelines for 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

Papers can be up to 10 pages; notes up to 4 pages. All submissions
should be formatted according to the official ACM SIG proceedings
template (archive format at
and submitted via EasyChair.  

Submission Guidelines for Extended Abstracts

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

Extended abstracts can be up to 6 pages, and should be formatted
according to the official ACM SIG abstract template (extended abstract
format at
and submitted via EasyChair.  

Review, Publication, and Presentation

The WebScience program committee consists of a senior program committee
that covers all relevant areas of Web Science as well as regular program
committee members from these areas. Each submission will be refereed by
at least 3 PC members and one senior PC member, to cover both the
research background of each submission as well as the necessary
interdisciplinary aspects.  Review criteria for all types of submissions
include significance, originality, presentation, validity, and the
ability to stimulate discussion, with different emphases depending on
the submission category to allow for consideration of all relevant works
contributing to the advancement of Web Science.

All accepted papers, notes, and extended abstracts will appear in the
WebScience 2012 Conference Proceedings and will also be available
through the ACM Digital Library, in the same length and format of the
submission. Regardless of the submission format, accepted submissions
will be presented in one of three formats: 1) as a 20-minute
presentation followed by discussion, 2) during one of the poster
presentations and discussion sessions, 3) or as part of a panel
discussion. Research papers, research notes, and extended abstracts are
eligible for presentation in any of the three formats, depending on
reviewer recommendations. Submissions that are thought-provoking and
novel will be more appropriate for longer presentation, while those that
are expected to stimulate discussion will be ideal for presentation in
smaller groups or as posters.  

   * February 12: Submissions of papers and notes due
   * February 26: Submissions of extended abstracts due
   * March 31: Notification of acceptance
   * April 29: Final versions of papers, notes, and extended abstracts due
   * June 22-24: Web Science 2011 Conference, Evanston, Illinois, USA

General Chair
Noshir Contractor, Northwestern University, US

Program Chairs
Michael Macy, Cornell University, US
Wolfgang Nejdl, L3S Research Center, Germany

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