CFP Web Science 2013 Paris - Digital Humanities/Social Science Extended Abstracts

Saturday, March 16, 2013 - 12:00am 


Social Science/Digital Humanities and Late-Breaking Research

The Web Science conference is inherently interdisciplinary, as it attempts to integrate computer and information sciences, communication, linguistics, sociology, psychology, economics, law, political science, philosophy, digital humanities, and other disciplines in pursuit of an understanding of the Web. 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 the above disciplines, and in particular those that cross traditional disciplinary boundaries.

Web Science also offers a wide range of presentation modes in keeping with its diversity. The conference separates mode of presentation from mode of publication; for example, a striking new result might be presented as a poster or in a pecha kucha session for short, impactful results, and yet would still merit a full ten-page paper in the conference proceedings. The Web Science poster session, in particular, has been always been exceptionally strong.

Possible topics for submissions include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Analysis of human behavior using social media, mobile devices, and online communities.
  • Methodological challenges of analyzing Web-based large-scale social interaction
  • Data-mining and network analysis of the Web and human communities on the Web
  • Detailed studies of micro-level processes and interactions on the Web
  • Collective intelligence, collaborative production, and social computing
  • The architecture and philosophy of the Web
  • The intersection of design and human interaction on the Web
  • Economics and social innovation on the Web
  • Governance, democracy, intellectual property, and the commons
  • Personal data, trust, and privacy
  • Web and social media research ethics
  • Studies of Linked Data, the Cloud, and digital eco-systems.
  • Web access, literacy, and development
  • Knowledge, education, and scholarship on and through the Web
  • People-driven Web technologies, including crowd-sourcing, open data, and new interfaces
  • Digital humanities, webarchiving techniques and scholarly uses of Web archives
  • New research questions and thought-provoking ideas


Extended abstracts should describe either (1) thought-provoking ideas with the potential for interesting discussions at the conference, or (2) works-in-progress for sharing valuable ideas, eliciting feedback on early-stage work, or fostering discussions and collaborations among colleagues.

Archival publications is optional. If accepted, you can decide whether you want your paper published in the proceedings

Extended abstracts can be up to 6 pages, and must be formatted according to the ACM Extended Abstract template (extended abstract format) here

and submitted via EasyChair

Abstracts that are submitted in incorrect formats will not be considered.

Review, Publication, and Presentation

The Web Science program committee consists of a senior program committee that covers all relevant areas of Web Science as well as regular program committee members from these areas. Each submission will be refereed by at least 3 PC members and one senior PC member, to cover both the research background of each submission as well as the necessary interdisciplinary aspects.

Review criteria for all types of submissions include significance, originality, presentation, validity, and the ability to stimulate discussion, with different emphases depending on the submission category to allow for consideration of all relevant works contributing to the advancement of Web Science.

All accepted papers, notes, and extended abstracts will appear in the Web Science 2013 Conference Proceedings and can also be made available through the ACM Digital Library, in the same length and format of the submission (although those wishing not be indexed can “opt out” of the proceedings). Regardless of the submission format, accepted submissions will be presented in one of three formats: 1) as a 20-minute presentation followed by discussion, 2) during one of the poster presentations and discussion sessions, 3) or as part of a panel discussion. Research papers, research notes, and extended abstracts are eligible for presentation in any of the three formats, depending on reviewer recommendations. Submissions that are thought-provoking and novel will be more appropriate for longer presentation, while those that are expected to stimulate discussion will be ideal for presentation in smaller groups or as posters.


  • March 16th 2013: Submissions of extended abstracts due
  • April 9th 2013: Notification of acceptance


Harry Halpin (W3C/IRI)

Hugh Davies (University of Southhampton)

Alex "Sandy" Pentland (MIT)



Vint Cerf (Google)

Cory Doctorow


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