Call for Initial Statement of Interest for hosting ACM Web Science 2021 and 2022.

Deadline: March 20, 2020
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The Steering Committee of ACM WebSci is seeking statements of interest from organizations or consortia interested in hosting the 13th or 14th ACM Web Science Conferences (WebSci 2021 and WebSci 2022). The conference series usually moves between the continents.  We will accept bids from all locations, but for the 2021 conference, we will give preference to bids outside Europe and for the 2022 conference, we will give preference to bids within Europe. We expect the conference to take place in June/July each year.

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 March 20, 2020: Deadline for receiving statements of interest
Friday March 27, 2020: Notifications to shortlisted bids are sent out
Friday May 15, 2020: Formal applications received from shortlisted bids

We will be in touch with successful applicants by the end of May.

It is anticipated that the venue for ACM WebSci 2021 will be announced at this year’s conference in Southampton websci20.webscience.org

Call for Proposals to host WSTNet Web Science Summer School WWSSS’2021

The Steering Committee of the WSTNet Web Science Summer School (WWSSS) invites interested parties from commercial, academic or public domain to submit bids to host WWSSS in 2021.

The call consists of two stages: first an expression of interest and second a full proposal.

Stage 1: Expression of interest (due Jun 15th)

Parties interested in hosting WWSSS’21 contact Prof. Dr. Steffen Staab from the Steering Committee. Please send your expression of interest in pdf format. 1 page should be sufficient. Please include the following information:

+ Details of proposed site: country, city, and venue

+ Accommodation: number and categories of hotels and hostels in the site’s neighbourhood

+ Local organisation: name(s) and contact information of the local organiser(s), hosting institution

+ Time and duration of the summer school

Optional further information can include any other relevant details that you feel will support your application (e.g. international connectivity and attractiveness of the site, range and average of accomodation costs, experience of the host in organising related events, etc.).

The deadline for submitting the expression of interest is 30 May. The Steering Committee will decide on the submitted bids and inform both successful and unsuccessful applicants until 15 July.

Stage 2: Full proposal submission (due 30 September)

Successful applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal. The full proposal should be sent to Prof. Dr. Steffen Staab from the Steering Committee. Please submit the proposal in pdf format and do not exceed 10 pages. It should contain the following information:

+ Venue: attractiveness of the location, distance of accommodation

+ Timing: targeted event week and key dates

+ Student costs and support: estimated costs for international students, student grants, special conditions for participation and/or accommodation

+ Program: foundational Web Science topics and special lectures, networking events, suggested lecturers

+ Financial viability: draft of the financial plan including major fixed and variable costs

+ Organisation: local organiser consortium and its expertise in event/hosting management

+ Dissemination and publicity: plans for reaching the target audience, opportunities to share WWSSS materials within Web Science community

Again, you are welcome to include any additional details you feel will support your application, for example hosting facilities, transportation options, social program options and opportunities for personal dialogue with WWSSS lecturers, strategy for acquiring high-quality Web Science lecturers and sponsors, accompanying events (e.g. podium discussions, poster sessions, etc.), potential risks and reasonable fallback options, travel restrictions or special visa requirements, etc.

The deadline for submission is 30 September 2020. The steering committee will decide on the location of WWSSS’21 and inform the applicants until 31 October 2020.

Important dates

* 30 May: Deadline for expressions of interest

* 15 July: Notification and call for full proposals

* 30 September: Deadline for full proposals

* 31 October: Notification of acceptance

If you have any questions, Prof. Dr. Steffen Staab from the Steering Committee would be happy to help.

Call for Proposals to host WSTNet Web Science Summer School WWSSS’2020

The Steering Committee of the WSTNet Web Science Summer School (WWSSS) invites interested parties from commercial, academic or public domain to submit bids to host WWSSS in 2020.

The call consists of two stages: first an expression of interest and second a full proposal.

Stage 1: Expression of interest (due May 30)

Parties interested in hosting WWSSS’20 contact Prof. Dr. Steffen Staab from the Steering Committee. Please send your expression of interest in pdf format. 1 page should be sufficient. Please include the following information:

+ Details of proposed site: country, city, and venue

+ Accommodation: number and categories of hotels and hostels in the site’s neighbourhood

+ Local organisation: name(s) and contact information of the local organiser(s), hosting institution

+ Time and duration of the summer school

Optional further information can include any other relevant details that you feel will support your application (e.g. international connectivity and attractiveness of the site, range and average of accomodation costs, experience of the host in organising related events, etc.).

The deadline for submitting the expression of interest is 30 May 2019. The Steering Committee will decide on the submitted bids and inform both successful and unsuccessful applicants until 15 July 2019.

Stage 2: Full proposal submission (due 30 September)

Successful applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal. The full proposal should be sent to Prof. Dr. Steffen Staab from the Steering Committee. Please submit the proposal in pdf format and do not exceed 10 pages. It should contain the following information:

+ Venue: attractiveness of the location, distance of accommodation

+ Timing: targeted event week and key dates

+ Student costs and support: estimated costs for international students, student grants, special conditions for participation and/or accommodation

+ Program: foundational Web Science topics and special lectures, networking events, suggested lecturers

+ Financial viability: draft of the financial plan including major fixed and variable costs

+ Organisation: local organiser consortium and its expertise in event/hosting management

+ Dissemination and publicity: plans for reaching the target audience, opportunities to share WWSSS materials within Web Science community

Again, you are welcome to include any additional details you feel will support your application, for example hosting facilities, transportation options, social program options and opportunities for personal dialogue with WWSSS lecturers, strategy for acquiring high-quality Web Science lecturers and sponsors, accompanying events (e.g. podium discussions, poster sessions, etc.), potential risks and reasonable fallback options, travel restrictions or special visa requirements, etc.

The deadline for submission is 30 September 2019. The steering committee will decide on the location of WWSSS’19 and inform the applicants until 31 October 2020.

Important dates

* 30 May 2019: Deadline for expressions of interest

* 15 July 2019: Notification and call for full proposals

* 30 September 2019: Deadline for full proposals

* 31 October 2019: Notification of acceptance

If you have any questions, Prof. Dr. Steffen Staab from the Steering Committee would be happy to help.

A WORKSHOP @ WEBSCI19, BOSTON MA, SUNDAY JUNE 30TH 2019 – Call for papers

Call for Papers
DATA SHARING – TRUST, COLLABORATIVES, CO-OPS. WHAT ARE THEY AND WHY DOES IT MATTER?

A WORKSHOP @ WEBSCI19, BOSTON MA, SUNDAY JUNE 30TH 2019

>Call for Papers
This year WebSci19 will include a workshop on Data Sharing, with the aim of establishing the institutions that enable data sharing as a topic of academic study.

Open Data has been a goal pursued primarily by governments, to unlock previously inaccessible value and accelerate growth of digital businesses. This has been tremendously successful in the US as well as across Europe. In the scientific community, there has also been extensive work on the infrastructure required to support the sharing and use of vast amounts of data through data commons. While open data is open to all, there is also benefit in sharing data that is not public. To enable the uptake of the new opportunities arising with data sharing, new institutions are required. These should address the complications of data sharing processes, and consolidate the interests of data subjects, processors and owners. This consolidation could happen through the – still conceptual – frameworks of Data Trusts, Data Collaboratives or Data Cooperatives, which are intended to simplify the use of data by enabling an environment in which is can be shared while maintaining the trust of all parties involved. Due to their potentially central role in data sharing environments, they are also of particular interest for academics from a broad variety of fields, including Computer Science, Law, Political Science, and Sociology. There is very little published research treating data sharing institutions as an object of study in their own right and placing them in a broad socio-technological context. This workshop aims to investigate the potential for coherent multidisciplinary research into the institutional frameworks that enable the sharing of data, what their development means for society as a whole, how they might work, and why this matters.

The workshop will take place on the 30th June.

Important Dates
All deadlines are midnight AoE time on the date specified.

Papers submitted by: 10th April
Notification to authors: 17th April
Camera ready submission: 1st May
Topics
We invite submissions of papers on the following topics:

What are data sharing institutions? Are Data Trusts, Collaboratives, and Cooperatives the same, or different? Is there one kind of institution or many? How should they function and make decisions? What skills, knowledge and attitudes are required to set them up? How do they differ from scientific Data Commons? What existing frameworks can be drawn upon to deliver them?

Why do we need them? What are their legal, technical, socio-technical challenges and implications? Which issues they can address?

How should they be established? What organisational structure is best suited to achieve their goal: Charities, government institutions, or privately owned companies? Are existing legal concepts sufficient?

Who should be involved? Are these institutions meant to increase trust of data subjects, data controllers, or data processors, or a combination of all of the above? How are the parties’ interests represented, and how can this work at scale?

What are the practical implications? In what form should private and public sector organisations be working with these institutions? How should they be connected to education and research?

What are the broader political, social and philosophical implications? How should these institutions go about establishing trust, e.g. through certification or control? What are the implications of these decisions in the near and distant future?

Submission
Submissions can be of two types:

Completed long papers (8-10pp)
Short papers (experience related, position papers, research in progress; 3-5pp)
All papers should be submitted through EasyChair.

The programme committee will select the best papers to be presented at the workshop. All accepted papers will be published on the workshop website. This will be done several days before the workshop in order to facilitate discussion in the plenary section of the workshop. All accepted papers will also be included in the proceedings of the ACM Web Science 2019 conference proceedings

Selection criteria
The selection criteria are adapted from the Springer LNCS. Submissions should:

Be written in English;
Fit with the workshop theme;
Have a clear motivation (why the problem is interesting theoretically and/or practically);
Conceptual development and grounding in prior literature (given the nascent nature of the topic it is not expected that the prior literature is about data sharing institutions);
Methodological adequacy (if relevant);
Adequate list of references to related work and grounding theories;
Interesting findings;
Well-structured and clearly written paper;
Maximum length of paper: 10 pages for full papers, 5 pages for short papers; and
Conform to WebSci 2019 (SIGCONF) rules for formatting.
Papers will be subjected to double blind review by 2 reviewers for rigour, relevance, originality and clarity of presentation and then the accepted papers will be chosen by the programme committee based on the reviewers’ assessment. Papers should be anonymised, i.e. all information identifying the authors removed, before submitting via Easychair.

Contact: gefion.thuermer@soton.ac.uk

Acknowledgments
The workshop is supported by the H2020 projects Data Pitch, euBusinessGraph, EW-Shopp, and TheyBuyForYou.

Call for papers 11th ACM Conference on Web Science 2019

Synergies for the Good: The web and society

11th International ACM Web Science Conference 2019
June 30 – July 3, 2019 at Northeastern University, Boston, MA, USA

CALL FOR PAPERS: https://websci19.webscience.org/callforpapers.html
CALL FOR POSTERS: https://websci19.webscience.org/callforposters.html

ABSTRACT (PAPERS) DUE FEBRUARY 4, 2019, Midnight AoE (https://www.timeanddate.com/time/zones/aoe)
PAPERS/POSTERS DUE FEBRUARY 11, 2019, Midnight AoE

Synergies for the Good: The web and society (#WebSci19)

The 11th International ACM Conference on Web Science in 2019 (WebSci’19) is a unique conference where a multitude of disciplines converge in a creative and critical dialogue with the aim of understanding the web and its impacts. WebSci’19 welcomes participation from diverse fields including (but not limited to) art, anthropology, computer and information sciences, communication, economics, humanities, informatics, law, linguistics, philosophy, political science, psychology, and sociology.

CALL FOR PAPERS

Following the tradition of earlier conferences, contributions to WebSci’19 aim to cross traditional disciplinary boundaries. The community engages with novel and thought-provoking ideas and discusses original research, work in progress, analysis, and practice in the field of Web Science, its current theoretical, methodological, and epistemological challenges as well as Web practices of individuals, collectives, institutions, and platforms.

In particular, we welcome contributions that
· have a broader perspective on the web and that combine analyses of web data and other types of data (e.g., from surveys or interviews) to better understand user behaviour (i.e., online and offline),
· carried out longitudinal studies,
· present successful cases of inter-disciplinary and cross-disciplinary web research,
· use mixed-method approaches or reflect on the methods used,
· discuss responsible forms of Web Science (e.g. regarding standards, methods, generalizability of results), and/ or
· reflect on the societal impact of web research, how the web is perceived in the media and in society and whether this clashes with the self-image of Web Science.​

Please refer to Call for papers to learn more about topics of interest, the types of papers and the submission process.

CALL FOR POSTERS

We invite submissions to the poster session of WebSci’19. The poster session is an opportunity for computer and information scientists to present shorter results, and for researchers from other disciplines to share both unpublished and previously published work with one another and with the Web Science community.

Please refer to Call for papers to learn more about topics of interest and the submission process.