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WebSci ‘12

Call for Proposals to Host ACM WebSci ‘12
4th International Conference on Web Science

The ACM SigWeb and its WebSci steering committee are seeking statements of interest from organizations or consortia interested in hosting WebSci 2012, the 4th Int. Conf. on Web Science, an event that gathers a multidisciplinary audience consisting of people from the many fields that comprise Web Science. We expect that the 2012 edition will be held in spring 2012.

Organizations wishing to host WebSci 2012 should contact the chair of the steering committee, Dame Prof. Dr. Wendy Hall (via her administration manager Susan Davies: sdd(at)webscience(dot)org) who will work with the steering committee members to co-ordinate the bidding process for WebSci 2012.

To assist the Steering Committee in deciding upon the location for WebSci 2012, we would be very grateful if you could let us have a brief description of your proposal.

While we do not need full details at this stage, as much information as you can supply at this early stage will be appreciated. To help you formulate your proposal, please note the following points:

  • Information about previous WebSci conferences can be obtained from their corresponding websites: http://websci11.org, http://websci10.org, http://websci09.org
  • WebSci is a mid-sized conference with a targeted attendance in the order of 150-300 people
  • WebSci ’12 should be held in spring 2012, however disjoint from related conferences such as WWW or disciplinary conferences in computing or social sciences.
  • As an indicative view of the program, you may refer to the tentative scheme given for WebSci ’11 at http://www.websci11.org/program/. The meeting is single track comprising keynote talks (two to three), panels, submitted abstracts and a very active poster session open for a large number of presenters.
  • The conference should include daily lunches (on-site if possible) and a conference banquet and/or reception.
  • With respect to financial arrangements, ACM is the conference sponsor and handles most of the money. ACM may handle the registration (though this is not a requirement) and the publication of the proceedings. The local organizers typically will need to advance some money, for local costs, which are then reimbursed by ACM after the meeting. In formulating your proposal, it would be helpful if you could try to address as many as possible of the 9 points below. It is understood that some of these matters may be somewhat premature at this stage, and we certainly do not expect a lengthy, complete proposal. We would like to get as accurate a “feel” of your proposal as we can.
  1. The name of the host institution and the affiliation, position, and co‐ordinates of the contact person as well as a short summary about previous experiences of conference and/or workshops organization.
  2. The dates you suggest for WebSci 2012, with alternatives if you wish.
  3. The proposed location of the conference, and whether this is a hotel, a university, a research centre, or other?
  4. Brief information regarding the conference facilities, meeting rooms, catering facilities etc.
  5. Whatever details you can give of available local accommodation. Hotels? Suitable student accommodation?
  6. Some details of transportation – how can your location be reached and will local transportation be needed/provided?
  7. Any special budget conditions (see above remarks regarding ACM's handing of finances).
  8. Any other details or information that you feel might be helpful.
  9. Finally, if the need arises, could you in theory as an alternative host WebSci 2013?

Please feel free to communicate with us at any stage if you have any questions whatsoever regarding WebSci ‘12. We would be very glad to elucidate any of these points or to offer any suggestions during the formulation of your proposal. We would like to receive responses to this CFP within a four-week time frame and are thus setting

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

as the deadline.

Note that keeping costs down is an important part of attracting a broad audience, especially graduate students, from multiple fields and hence will be given specific consideration when comparing different proposals.

Please send proposals to Susan Davies, sdd(at)webscience(dot)org. We would also appreciate an early notification of your intention of responding to this CFP so that we know roughly how many proposals to expect.

With best regards,

Dame Prof. Dr. Wendy Hall
also on behalf of the WebSci steering committee

Call for Abstracts

generated from all submissions

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.

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