Call For Papers: #Microposts2016 workshop @www2016ca

As an Organising Committee Chair of the Microposts 2016 workshop at the 25th World Wide Web conference, I am inviting you to check out the  Call for papers and contribute with your expertise and research. The workshop is interdiscipinary and gathers academics and professionals from the Computational Sciences and Social/Web Science studies. Also, have in mind that we will have a best SocSci paper award. For more information, please visit this page.

What are Microposts?

Microposts – “information published on the Web that is small in size and requires minimal effort to publish” – remain a popular means for communicating information. Microposts include tweets (using plain text or with embedded links and objects); social network endorsement using Instagram hearts; check-ins via Facebook and Foursquare, pins on Pinterest; links to brief, pre-recorded and streaming video via Snapchat and Meerkat. Microblogging apps for the ubiquitous smartphone and other small, personal devices, which support capturing photos and short videos, allow these to accompany text or serve in themselves as the Micropost.

#Microposts2016 will focus on topics including, but not exclusive to, the three areas below:

MAKING SENSE/UNDERSTAND – focusing on the human in Micropost data generation and analysis, we encourage submissions that look at understanding how situation and context drive individual and collective generation of Microposts, whether targeted at the general public, a specific person or other entity, e.g. a ruling government or a cause. We particularly encourage interdisciplinary work and that driven by research in Social & Computational Science and Information and Web Sciences, that lead to deeper understanding of Micropost content, and how this content influences the contribution of Micropost data to, among others:

– Collective awareness
– Education & citizen empowerment, data & citizen journalism
– Civil action, media & politics
– Political and polemical aspects of Microposts
– Ethics, legal and privacy issues
– Psychological profiling and psychological aspects of Micropost-based interaction
– Cultural, generational and regional differences in access and use of Microposts
– Humans as sensors
– Impact of effortless posting and wearable devices on communication

DISCOVER – The extraction of information content from Microposts and subsequent analysis contribute to the discovery of patterns and trends in the data. This information is key to further knowledge discovery and application, using a number of approaches including:

– Emergent semantics
– Data mining from Microposts
– Opinion mining, sentiment and sentic analysis
– Network analysis and community detection
– Influence detection and social contagion modelling
– Prediction approaches
– Linking Microposts into the Web of Linked Data (i.e. entity extraction and URI disambiguation)

APPLY – Applications papers and case studies describing systems that make use of Micropost data. This includes tools developed to support the generation and sharing of Microposts using a variety of devices and media, piggybacking where necessary on other communication methods, including SMS/MMS and even radio. Areas of interest include:

– Collective intelligence, user profiling, personalisation & recommendation
– Business analytics & market intelligence with particular attention to big data
– Event & topic detection and tendency tracking
– Microposts as a second screen to television, large screens and stages at public events
– Geo-localised, Micropost-based services
– Public consensus & citizen participation
– Security, emergency response & health
– Linking social and physical signals for, e.g., crowd tracking
– Identification and use of geo-location information embedded in or attached to Microposts
– Increasing importance of multilingual and non-English Microposts

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