CFP: Digital Footprints: Capturing, Mining and Contextualizing Big Data

Friday, August 30, 2013 - 12:00am

Call for Papers: Digital Footprints: Capturing, Mining and Contextualizing Big Data

Where: IT-City, Aarhus University, Denmark

When: Thursday October 3, 2013

Who: Organized by Digital Footprints Research Group, Aarhus University (sponsored by Netlab, DK)


Data retrieval and mining methods have become essential research tools to understand user behavior in online services. Despite the obvious need for such methods in order to analyze (online) communication and socialization these algorithm/software supported methods call for further interdisciplinary development to study for instance the communication across different isolated tracking devices, services and networks, to more precisely recognize behavioral and communication patterns and create external validation, to lower the barriers for the use of algorithmic approaches for different research fields, and to develop interdisciplinary grounded ethical research guidelines and practices.

The aim of this seminar is two-fold: First, we encourage researchers from a variety of fields to present research designs, ongoing work, methodological development and findings related to online communication and socialization and the use of software-supported/algorithmic-based methods. Secondly, we want to support and encourage networking across disciplines for example sociology, ethnography, philosophy, computer science, software engineering and the humanities.

Suggestions for topics:

  • Data tracking methods and challenges
  • Challenges and methods for crossing data points
  • Contextualizing big data
  • Contextualized digital data analysis
  • Content analysis methods and challenges
  • Network statistics, clustering methods, or other analytical  methods
  • Bridging communication and computational methods
  • Understanding big data from a communication point of view
  • Mapping ubiquitous internet usage patterns
  • Ethical and legal issues and practices in thick data and/or big data studies



Abstracts (400 words): August 30, 2013

Panels and roundtable (400 words): August, 30, 2013

Demos (200 words description): August 30, 2013

Notification of acceptance: September 5, 2013


Abstracts: This is a platform for presentation and discussion regarding ongoing work and researchers should not hand in full papers before the conference. Each presenter will have 15 minutes to present the work and 15 minutes for questions and discussion.

Panels and roundtables: We welcome proposals for panels whereby a group of researchers discusses a predefined topic.. The panels take place as individual presentations of 10 minutes each, followed by a 20-minute general discussion on the topic. The roundtable format includes 5 minutes individual presentations and a 30-minute general discussion among the presenters and participants.

Demos: We encourage developers to present their tools related to the study of communication and socialization online involving different (mobile) user devices and other online user tracking tools. Each research group will have 20 minutes to present the tool and 10 minutes for discussion. Please focus on how the tool can improve the study of online/mobile communication and the methodological shortcomings as well.

The participation is free of charge and includes seminar participation, lunch, and afternoon reception. Maximum of participants: 40 researchers.


If you have any questions in relation to the seminar, possible topics or formats please do not hesitate to send an email to:


*The seminar will be held at the IT-City and Incuba Science Park at Aarhus University. Incuba is an acronym for Innovation Network Centre for University and Business of Aarhus and research fields such as Mathematical and Applied Computer Science, IT Engineering, Information, Media and Communication studies, and Digital Design Studies are located in the IT-City along with companies such as Google.*

*Aarhus University (Danish: Aarhus Universitet, abbreviated** **AU) is a public university** **located in Aarhus, the second largest city in Denmark (3 hours from Copenhagen). Founded in 1928, it is Denmark's second oldest university and the largest, with a total of 43,600 enrolled students as of 1 January 2012,** **after a merger with Aarhus School of Engineering. A young university with high aspirations, it belongs to the international elite. In most prestigious ranking lists of the world´s best universities, Aarhus University is placed in the top 100. *


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