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Web Science is concerned with the full scope of socio-technical relationships that are engaged in the World Wide Web. It is based on the notion that understanding the Web involves not only an analysis of its architecture and applications, but also insight into the people, organizations, policies, and economics that are affected by and subsumed within it. As such Web Science, and thus this conference, is inherently interdisciplinary and integrates computer and information sciences, sociology, economics, political science, law, management, language and communication, geography and psychology. 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 these disciplines and those which cross traditional disciplinary boundaries.

Following the success of WebSci'09 in Athens and WebSci'10 in Raleigh we are seeking papers that demonstrate the development, scope, and relevance of the emerging field of Web Science. Possible topics for submissions include:

  • On-line lives: individuals and organizations shopping, dating, learning, networking
  • Trust and privacy
  • Evolving  technologies – new search technologies, linked data, new Web languages and/or protocols, and emerging application areas
  •  The pro-human web in an unequal world: access, inequalities and agendas for change
  • Web futures: possibilities critiques and challenges
  • The web and the state: nationalism, politics. democracy
  • Governance control and power
  • Knowledge, education, and scholarship – the potential and effects of crowdsourcing and long tails
  • Intellectual property and the Commons
  • The dark side of the Web – such as cybercrime, pornography and terrorism

Important Dates

Submission deadline for extended abstracts: 28 February 2011

Notification of acceptance: 21 March 2011

Submission Information

Submissions are in the form of extended abstracts of approximately 500 words (max. 2 pages, 11pt font). Abstracts may be submitted in PDF (.pdf, preferred), HTML (.html), plain-text (.txt) or Word (.doc) format to http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=websci11

Authors of accepted abstracts will have the option to submit a paper, which will be published on the conference website.  The recommended length of submitted papers is 6 to 8 pages.  A selection of accepted abstracts will be allotted a slot for an oral presentation and/or a poster presentation.  The best submissions will be invited to a journal contribution.