Call for event proposals

Call for Proposals: WebSci-18 Workshops, Tutorials, Mini-Conferences, and other Events:  Sunday 27 May 2018, VU Amsterdam

WebSci-18 will take place from Sunday 27th May – Wednesday 30th May 2018. The opening Sunday will offer a range of mini-conferences, workshops, tutorials and other events designed to kick-start lively interdisciplinary discussion on emerging and important topics for Web Science and to frame the more formal conference that follows. We are seeking innovative ideas for activities from all interested groups and individuals, across different disciplines. We have a range of venues available and will be very happy to offer advice and support for your event.

There will be a plenary joint poster session, with a reception with drinks and snacks for all WebSci-18 Sunday events at the end of the afternoon.

Background: Over the past three decades the World Wide Web – begun by Sir Professor Tim Berners-Lee in 1989 – has re-shaped our world and the way we think about it. Many areas of human experience and activity have been modified (often in a deep way) by the existence of the Web: news, culture, commerce, family life, criminal activity and politics are just a few examples. Most notably, the Web has changed social interaction, creating new forms of socialization, new ways to share and communicate and even new notions of social connection. At the same time, the Web itself has changed dramatically: whilst based on the same core protocols, the appearance, functionalities, capacity and scale of the Web today makes it almost unrecognizable from its early instantiations. As governments and corporations seek to take advantage of the opportunities for surveillance that the Web offers and as the Web fuels a new ‘Big Data economy’ new questions arise about how the Web is shaping power relations, (in)equality and human rights.

The Web has changed the world and the world has changed the Web.

Meanwhile, regardless of the impression that citizens of many developed societies may have, just under half of the global population are not connected and are unable to participate in the Web or shape its evolution. Not only are there barriers to Web participation (basic infrastructure, language, literacy and income), but also there may be more immediate and compelling urgencies to be dealt with. Accordingly, it is not at all clear that the uses of and value derived from the Web would look the same for everyone on our planet and, indeed, connection may bring with it a host of disadvantages as well as opportunities. Nonetheless, all lives may still be co-shaped by the Web, for example as online maps provide global visibility of excluded communities, online trading in commodities affects livelihoods or as online political mobilization brings change in the lives of those not able to participate in the Web.

The Call: These changes have taken place, and are still taking place, at an unprecedented scale and speed, in a highly decentralized, uncontrolled and unpredictable fashion. The technical, ethical, sociological, psychological, cultural, anthropological, legal (and other) implications of this process are complex and profound, intricate and immense. Deep interdisciplinary and critical studies in Web Science are needed to understand the many implications of the widespread growth of the Web along with its diverse global and local effects, problems and issues. These matters we want to discuss scientifically in the events planned for the WebSci-18 Sunday 27 May 2018 in Amsterdam. Therefore, we invite workshop and other event proposals for the 10th ACM Conference on Web Science (WebSci-18), on topics such as, but not limited to:

  • Web citizenship
  • Digital inequalities
  • Interventions for widening participation (e.g. voice based web)
  • Web geographies
  • The mobile web and the internet of things
  • Crime & security on the Web
  • Algorithmic decision making, filter bubbles and fake news
  • The data economy and the corporatization of the Web
  • Research methods, tools and the ethics for web research
  • Web governance and regulation
  • Web work and organization

Event types and publication options
We are seeking a variety of events, including mini-conferences, workshops, symposia, and tutorials. We welcome suggestions for novel and innovative formats that reflect and support interdisciplinary Web Science.

 We accept both half-day and full-day event proposals, according to the following preliminary program (Sunday, 27 May 2018):

09:00 Registration and coffee
10:00-12:30 Morning session
12:30-13:30 Lunch break
13:30-16:00 Afternoon session
16:00-18:00 Joint workshops poster session + reception

Event organizers may choose to accept poster submissions. A selection of posters will be on display at the WebSci-18 Sunday poster reception.

  • The WebSci-18 Event Chairs intend to produce Open Access Proceedings from all Workshops, and in addition,
  • A Special Issue of the Journal of Web Science or another high-profile international journal, that will draw together high quality papers from the events on WebSci-18 Sunday. Event organizers will be asked to nominate papers for such a Special Issue (subject to author’s permission).

Event proposal submission
Proposals should contain the following information:

  • Type of event and title
  • Name and affiliations of the organizers
  • Short summary of the event format, including duration (half-day/full-day) and schedule.
  • Whether poster submission will be allowed
  • Details of the program committee (if applicable), including names and institutional affiliations
  • Max two-page description about the relevance, motivation and goals of the event , as well as pointers to past editions, if any
  • Schedule of sessions, panels, and talks
  • Names of invited speakers (if applicable) and indication of whether they have already accepted
  • Selection criteria for papers to be presented if the workshop invites submissions
  • Estimated number of participants

It is the prerogative of organizers to decide whether to invite paper presentations/panelists/etc or to proceed with an open call. Proposals should include as many details as possible about sessions, speakers, and talks: they will be evaluated by their coherence and ability to address the stated goals.

It is the responsibility of the organizers to advertise their event. If successful, events will be expected to have a website describing the event (within five weeks of acceptance). A template for this will be provided at the time of acceptance and  event websites will be linked to from the main conference site. Proposals should be submitted to the event chairs (names and email addresses are given below).

Event registration
The WebSci’18 conference will allow various registration options for event attendees: a One-Day Pass (Sunday, workshops/tutorials-only), a Two-Day Pass (Sunday + Monday, mini-conferences/workshops/tutorials + opening of main conference plus poster session and receptions), besides the standard Full Pass (workshop/tutorials + conference). Especially for students we aim to keep conference fees very affordable. Also a good number of student grants to attend the WebSci’18 Conference will be available.

Proposal review
The event chairs will review each submission and select those with the highest scores on originality, timeliness and relevance of the proposed topic, its interdisciplinarity, rigour of the review process, coherence with the conference aims, and potential to attract a large audience.

Proposals for events are welcome at the WebSci’18 submission page at Easychair

Event chairs
Paolo Boldi, Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy
Anna Bon, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Susan Halford, University of Southampton, UK
Katharina Kinder-Kurlanda, GESIS, Germany

Important dates

  • Friday 26th November 2017 – Event proposal submissions
  • Friday 08th December 2017  – Notification of event acceptance
  • Friday 15th December 2017  – First launch of event websites
  • Up till 06 April 2018 – Event paper submission and notification deadlines (if applicable, details left to organizers)
  • Friday 04th May 2018  – Camera-ready papers due for WebSci’18 Workshop Proceedings
  • Sunday 27th May 2018 – Event date