• academia,  events,  internet,  technology

    The program for #Microposts2016 at #WWW2016 is out!

    www2016The final program for the workshop at the 25th International World Wide Web conference is ready. We’ll be in Room 520F, see you in Montreal!

    SESSION I

    9:00 – 9:20 Welcome & Introduction
    9:20 – 10:20 Invited Talk – Mihajlo Grbovic (Yahoo Labs)
    10:20 – 10:30 Lightning Round – Posters
    10:30 – 11:00 Tea Break with Posters (Room 517AB – Tradeshow Area)

     

    SESSION II

    11:00 – 12:00 Main Track Presentations
    12:00 – 12:30 Social Sciences Track Presentations
    12:30 – 14:00 Lunch Break

    SESSION III

    14:00 – 14:30 Social Sciences Track Presentations
    14:30 – 14:45 NEEL Challenge Sponsor presentation
    14:45 – 15:30 NEEL Challenge Presentations
    15:30 – 16:00 Tea Break with Posters (Room 517AB – Tradeshow Area)

    SESSION IV

    16:00 – 16:30 Poster Session
    16:30 – 16:45 NEEL Challenge Results
    16:45 – 17:00 Awards and Closing

    Session I  –  9:00  –  11:00    Invited Talk & Poster Presentations

    9:00 – 9:20 Welcome & Introduction
    9:20 – 10:20 Invited Talk – Mihajlo Grbovic (Yahoo Labs)

    • Leveraging Blogging Activity on Tumblr to Infer Demographics and Interests of Users for Advertising Purposes
      Mihajlo Grbovic, Vladan Radosavljevic and Nemanja Djuric

    10:20 – 10:30 Lightning Round – Posters

  • events,  internet

    Call for late-breaking work and work-in-progress #Microposts at #WWW2016

    micropostsA quick update: We just announced the second call for late-breaking work and position papers at #Microposts2016 (Making Sense of Microposts) at the World Wide Web conference on 11 April 2016, Toronto, Canada.  Beside the Main track and SocSci track, this workshop is a lot about promoting inter-field/domain discussion. We’d love to see Semantic Web and Computational Social researchers out with late-breaking work or work-in-progress. Submission deadline is 18 March 2016. More details here.

    Also, we are thrilled to announce that Mihajlo Grbovic, Senior Research Scientist at Yahoo Labs, is the invited talk speaker at Microposts2016 in Toronto. Follow Microposts2016 for updates.

     

  • academia,  events

    CfP Updates: Extended deadline 25th January & other info #Microposts2016

    The 6th Making Sense of Microposts Workshop (#Microposts2016) at WWW 2016, 11/12th Apr 2016
    IMPORTANT DATES
    Main Track submission deadline:  ***25 Jan 2016***
    Social Sciences Track submission deadline: ***25 Jan 2016***
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    BEST PAPER AWARD
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    MAIN TRACK
    Award: £500 sponsored by the MK:Smart project (http://www.mksmart.org)
    SOCIAL SCIENCE TRACK
    Award: €300 sponsored by GESIS, Germany ( http://www.gesis.org )
    NEEL CHALLENGE
    Award sponsored by FREME ( http://www.freme-project.eu )
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    THEME: Big things come in small packages
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    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. Services such as those provided by WhatsApp, Viber, Snapchat, LINE and Saya, piggybacking on SMS/MMS and augmented with social media features, are also growing in popularity, especially in emerging markets where the Internet is often accessible mainly via mobile networks. Such services typically sync with desktop or web front-ends, allowing seamless switching between devices. Microposts are also used as a portal to other services, alerting users to, e.g., live video streams on Periscope and Meerkat.
  • academia,  events,  my publications,  my stories

    The influence of internet communities on communication-social processes – my PhD dissertation

    The influence of internet communities on communication-social processes in the networked environment.

    Abstract

    The structure and dynamics of online communities reveal, expand and transform the possibilities for social and business networking, by implementing the new technological solutions. Internet communities represent different web applications and social networking sites that in addition to social and media context, aim at the most important communication performance: the interaction. In this dissertation, the technological and organizational structure of the internet communities were explored, in addition to the description of communication processes, their structure and communication conventions. The aim is to present a typology of the internet communities in Serbia, by the content analysis, online surveys and semi-structured interviews as methods for the empirical research. The focus of this work is to explore the representation and use of the internet and web services, as well as the emergence of the internet communities and exploration of communication opportunities that new digital technologies provide in everyday communication and the academic community. In addition to a better understanding of global communication and participation of organizational systems and individuals from Serbia in a given process, this study aims to show the importance and inevitability of new digital communication technologies in everyday communication, in modern education and in science. By deploying theories of digital communications and sociology of web, as well as the empirical evidence – in the thesis attention will be paid to the possibilities of application of internet technologies in the area of higher education. Through the categories of new sociability and networked community, the processes of collaboration and interaction are explored, and communication possibilities in the internet communities in Serbia are tested.  New phenomena that emerge in the communication and collaboration practices in an advanced intelligent system, such is a higher education community, will be analysed and presented.

    Keywords:

    Internet communities, social networks, communication processes, digital inequalities, usage of internet in higher education, digital divide

     

    Last week, I defended my doctorate, a five year old research in the form of dissertation on the Armistice Day (ironic coincidence or not) 11.11.2015. It included a dissertation talk, a defense at the Faculty of

  • academia,  events,  internet,  Science,  technology

    Call For Papers: #Microposts2016 workshop @www2016ca

    microposts_logo2016
    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

  • events,  media

    Camp “Christmas with Orphans” in Uganda

    image credit: ICAF
    image credit: ICAF

    My personal choices and professional interests are always focused on serving and helping others, especially vulnerable groups in our society. Now, I am happy to share with you the information about a Winter camp in Uganda being organised by the International Child Art Foundation (ICAF), which is called “Christmas with Orphans”.

    Following the 5th World Children’s Festival, which occurred earlier this summer at The Ellipse next to The White House in Washington D.C. and building on the success of the ICAF Summer Camp in Washington DC, the ICAF “Christmas with Orphans” Camp will take place in Uganda and will run from December 20th through Dec 30th and is being presented in collaboration with the Uganda National Museum and the Ministry of Education.

    The camp provides a global educational opportunity for high school juniors, enabling them to gain an incredible, hands-on international service experience which will enhance their prospects of gaining admission to top universities and help them decide on the right career.

    Register today, because no more than 20 campers will be admitted.  Please share this information as well, as other parents you know may be interested.

     

  • events,  my stories

    Exciting new things ahead!

    dr summer 2015

    Hello everyone! I hope this message finds you feeling good.

    It’s September. Fall is finally here! I love fall and couldn’t wait for it after a long, hot summer (you could say that I’m a winter child). Today is the 9th birthday of this blog/website; it’s 9 years of mostly blogging (less in the past couple of years – I was overly occupied with research, writing, helping organisations). It depends how you perceive things, either the glass is half full or half empty, or always full. I’m looking forward to the cold and I welcome the chance at a fresh, new start.

    My summer was in a working mode, see the photo above, there’s no sight of the beach, palms, or the sea – I was a real busy bee, writing (in a local coffee shop, too), printing, taking photos, communicating ideas with friends, drawing/painting/water-colouring (do you like giraffes on the pic?), ordering books and more books I was/am reading, baking cookies as a lchp and glutten-free goddess, eating out (exploring new restaurants) & then installing fitness apps (I’m the queen of them, you should see how many of them I have installed and I’m currently using only one), decluttering my space and organising clothes thanks to Marie Kondo’s book, plus I had a long weekend in Budapest and had an amazing luxurious/spa time at Omorovicza.