Web Science Trust selects 2024 winner of Test of Time award

The annual Web Science Trust (WST) Test of Time Award has been presented to Albert Solé Ribalta (UOC), Manlio De Domenico (UniPD), Sergio Gomez (URV), and Alex Arenas (URV), for their work titled Centrality rankings in multiplex networks”.

The authors are the third group of researchers to receive the WST Test of Time Award which was announced during the opening ceremony of the 16th ACM Web Science Conference in Stuttgart, Germany.

The Chair of this years conference, Steffen Staab, said:

This paper was pioneering: it made social network analysis applicable to the real-world situations in which individuals are not only involved in one, but in a multiplicity of social networks – be they about work or friendship or other relationships.

The prize-winning paper was first presented at the 2014 ACM Web Science Conference in Indiana, USA  and was selected by a WST Test of Time Award Committee chaired by Oshani Seneviratne who spoke about what had impressed the judging panel:

This paper offers a core theoretical contribution that has significantly advanced our understanding of network centrality in multi-layered contexts, particularly within the vast expanses of social media data. Its methodology addresses the challenge of quantifying influence across multiple network layers, a foundational aspect of web science that impacts higher-granularity dynamics, such as the diffusion of opinions and social changes. 

We recognise that the papers innovative approach to extending centrality concepts to multiplex networks allows for a comprehensive assessment of an entitys influence, facilitating a deeper understanding of multifaceted roles and impacts in interconnected network environments.”

Noshir Contractor, Executive Director of the Web Science Trust, who announced the winners of the award during the opening ceremony, said:

The Web Science Trust is delighted to honour this paper which highlighted early on the inherent complexities of multi-layered interactions and, with it, the need to continue to develop new approaches and techniques to tackle these complexities.”

The authors commented: We are honoured to receive this award and would like to thank the Web Science Trust for recognising our work on complex layered  relationships, and the ways this can affect measures of centrality. We are proud to say that the line of work started here has not only expanded the scope of network analysis to better reflect real-world complexities, but has also introduced tools that are now crucial in fields like economics, biology, urban and social sciences.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About the Web Science Trust Test of Time Award

The Web Science Trust Test of Time Award was inaugurated in 2022 and will be awarded annually to the author or authors of a paper presented at a previous Web Science Conference that has stood the test of time through continued relevance and impact. The recipients of the award will receive a monetary prize, and an engraved award.

About the ACM Web Science Conference

The Web Science Conference has been held every year since 2009 and has been an ACM conference since 2011. It is a vibrant, interdisciplinary gathering engaging not only with Web Science researchers but with related and complementary disciplines.  The series has produced over 800 publications that have been downloaded more than 300,000 times. The conference is organized each year by a local team of volunteers in different parts of the world in collaboration with the Web Science Trust. 

About the Web Science Trust

The Web Science Trust (WST) is a charity promoting the understanding of the World Wide Web through education and research in the discipline of Web Science. We engage in both academic and public outreach, and coordinate the Web Science Trust Network (WSTNet) of laboratories from around the world.

WebSci’24 Latest News

WebSci’24 promises a rich exploration of web science through:

    • Workshops
    • Tutorials
    • A Ph.D. symposium
    • Five inspiring keynotes.

In addition to keynotes by Eszter Hargittai, Jie Tang, Dirk Hovy, Hannes Werthner, and Jennifer Pan, we look forward to the panel discussion, including Steffen Staab, with the theme:

“Reflecting on the Web, AI, and Society.”

Don’t miss the opportunity to attend and immerse yourself in the diverse and enriching program that awaits you at the Web Science Conference in May 2024.

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Register here: https://www.iris.uni-stuttgart.de/public-engagement/event/brave-conversations/

Web Science Trust selects 2023 winner of Test of Time award

The annual Web Science Trust (WST) Test of Time Award has been awarded to Nam P. Nguyen (Towson University), Guanhua Yan (Binghamton University), My T. Thai (University of Florida) and Stephan Eidenbenz (Los Alamos National Laboratory) for their work titled “Containment of Misinformation Spread in Online Social Networks”. The authors are the second group of researchers being awarded the WST Test of Time Award.

The award was announced during the awards ceremony of the 15th ACM Web Science Conference, adding a ceremonial highlight to a successful conference in Austin, Texas.

The paper was first presented at the 2012 ACM Web Science Conference in Evanston, Illinois and selected by a WST Test of Time Award Committee. The Committee selected the work on a method for containing the spread of misinformation in social networks for its continued high impact and relevance and timeliness in today’s world. The Committee said the following on its choice: “Our rationale was that the paper tackles an important problem via theoretical (mathematical) ground work, simulation, and data analysis and most importantly it finishes with some pragmatic solutions.”

The recipients of this year’s award follow in the steps of Munmun De Choudhury (Georgia Tech), Scott Counts (Microsoft Research) and Eric Horvitz (Microsoft Research) who were presented with last year’s inaugural award.

Dame Wendy Hall, Executive Director of the Web Science Trust, who announced the winners of the award during the awards ceremony, said: “The Web Science Trust is delighted to announce the winners of this year’s Test of Time Award.  The paper has been well-cited and is still timely and relevant”.

Dr. Ágnes Horvát, Northwestern University, who chaired the ToT Award Committee, said: “The paper was ahead of its time, alerting the WebSci community to the problem of misinformation when people were mostly celebrating participatory aspects of social media. Misinformation feeds on inequalities and proliferates during times of crisis, aligning the paper with this year’s conference theme.”

The authors commented: “We are very honored to receive this award. We would like to thank the Web Science Trust for recognizing our work on this still very pressing problem in our modern time, when social media has become an integral part of our lives”. 

 

Their acceptance speech is shown below.  

 

About the Web Science Trust Test of Time Award

The Web Science Trust Test of Time Award was inaugurated in 2022 and will be awarded annually to the author or authors of a paper presented at a previous Web Science Conference that has stood the test of time through continued relevance and impact. The recipients of the award will receive a monetary prize, and an engraved award.

About the ACM Web Science Conference

The Web Science Conference has been held every year since 2009 and has been an ACM conference since 2011. It is a vibrant, interdisciplinary gathering engaging not only with Web Science researchers but with related and complementary disciplines.  The series has produced nearly 800 publications that have been downloaded more than 250,000 times. The conference is organized each year by a local team of volunteers in different parts of the world in collaboration with the Web Science Trust. 

About the Web Science Trust

The Web Science Trust (WST) is a charity promoting the understanding of the World Wide Web through education and research in the discipline of Web Science. We engage in both academic and public outreach, and coordinate the Web Science Trust Network (WSTNet) of laboratories from around the world.

WebSci’23 Travel Grants

15th ACM Web Science Conference: Inequalities in the Face of Concurrent Crises
30 April – 1 May 2023
Austin, Texas, USA (and online)
https://websci23.webscience.org/

WebSci and SIGWEB are pleased to announce the availability of a fund to help support attendance to WebSci 2023 in Austin, TX, USA.

Travel Grants
WebSci’23 travel grants provide support up to $1,500 for students, early career scholars and other presenters from underrepresented regions, who have an accepted paper at the conference and submit scholarship applications by March 26, 2023. In the event that scholarship applications exceed available funds, preference will be given to presenters from underrepresented regions who are planning to attend the whole Web Conference. This fund offsets travel costs but won’t cover registration.

To apply for the Travel Grant Program, please complete the online application at the link below no later than March 26, 2023. Notifications will be sent by March 31.

Free Online Tickets (for virtual attendance)
WebSci free online tickets are intended to help students to attend the conference virtually. In the event that requests exceed available tickets, preference will be given to students who are presenting a paper and those who are from underrepresented regions. To apply for a free ticket, please complete the online application at the link below by March 26, 2023.

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WebSci’23 Conference Committee

Call for Interest: WebSci’24 and WebSci’25

Deadline: 3 February 2023

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The Steering Committee of ACM WebSci is seeking statements of interest from organizations or consortia interested in hosting the 16th or 17th ACM Web Science Conferences (WebSci 2024 and WebSci 2025). The conference series usually moves between the continents.  We will accept bids from all locations, but for the 2024 conference, we will give preference to bids within Europe and for the 2025 conference, we will give preference to bids outside Europe. We expect the conference to take place in June/July each year. Co-location with other ACM conferences will be considered and hosting the conference as a hybrid event is encouraged.  Please include a statement on how you would propose offering remote attendance.

The process consists of two stages. During this first stage, the Steering Committee solicits informal statements of interest through an open call. We will prefer statements that commit to running an event with low registration costs encouraging participants from all disciplines, including ones with lower financial provisions.

Organizations wishing to host the conference should contact Susan Davies (sdd1@soton.ac.uk) with a short paragraph outlining your interest, which should include the main organizer, the proposed venue and potential dates. Any organization can apply to host the conference, but the local organizing committee must include a representative of a local research group.

Once the first phase is complete, the Steering Committee will shortlist applications who will be invited to submit a full proposal.

The important dates for applying to host the Conferences are:

Friday 3 February:  Deadline for receiving statements of interest
Friday 17  February:  Notifications to shortlisted bids are sent out
Friday 31 March: Formal applications received from shortlisted bids

We will be in touch with successful applicants in mid-April.

It is anticipated that the venue for ACM WebSci 2024 will be announced at this year’s conference in Austin, Texas

Web Science Trust selects inaugural winner of Test of Time award

The Web Science Trust (WST) announced today that the inaugural Web Science Trust Test of Time Award was presented to the authors of the paper “Social media as a measurement tool of depression in populations”, Munmun De Choudhury (Georgia Tech), Scott Counts (Microsoft Research) and Eric Horvitz (Microsoft Research).  The authors are the first recipients of this newly established annual award.

 The award was presented during the opening ceremony of the 14th ACM Web Science Conference hosted by the ICT department of Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain. 

 The paper was first presented at the 2013 ACM Web Science Conference in Paris, France and will be re-presented during a keynote presentation on Wednesday 29 June during this year’s conference.

 Dame Wendy Hall, Executive Director of the Web Science Trust, who announced the award at the opening ceremony, said: “The Web Science Trust is delighted to announce the winners of our first Test of Time Award.  It was hard choosing between some of the wonderful papers that have been presented over the last decade but the trustees felt that this paper captured an important analysis of nearly 70 thousand user posts to develop a novel social media depression index—helping us to understand more about the society that we shape (and that shapes us) through the Web. The paper has been well-cited and the issue of mental health certainly retains much relevance today.”

The authors commented: “We are very honoured to be the first recipients of this award and would like to thank the Web Science Trust for recognizing our 2013 paper and the direction of research that it represents.”

 The ACM Web Science Conference 2022 will run as a hybrid conference from 26-29 June, where authors will present their work either in-person or remotely to participants gathering at the conference venue in Barcelona, or joining online, and will be co-located with the ACM Hypertext Conference and the ACM UMAP Conference.  The Web Science Conference is an interdisciplinary conference where a multitude of research disciplines converge with the purpose of creating greater insight into a complex global Web which is more impactful than the sum of their individual parts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

About the Web Science Trust Test of Time Award

The Web Science Trust Test of Time Award was inaugurated in 2022 and will be awarded annually to the author or authors of a paper presented at a previous Web Science Conference that has stood the test of time through continued relevance and impact. The recipients of the award will receive a monetary prize, and an engraved award.

About the ACM Web Science Conference

The Web Science Conference has been held every year since 2009 and has been an ACM conference since 2011. It is a vibrant, interdisciplinary gathering engaging not only with Web Science researchers but with related and complementary disciplines.  The series has produced nearly 700 publications that have been downloaded over 200,000 times. The conference is organized each year by a local team of volunteers in different parts of the world in collaboration with the Web Science Trust. 

About the Web Science Trust

The Web Science Trust is a UK charity promoting the understanding of the Web, through education and research in the discipline of Web Science. It coordinates the Web Science network (WSTNet) of leading Web Science laboratories from around the world.