Web Science 2011


Web Science Conference 2011, Koblenz, Germany, 15-17 Jun 2011; Deadline 28 Feb

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Web Science Conference 2011 (Koblenz, Germany, June 15-17, 2011)


Call for Abstracts

Web Science is concerned with the full scope of socio-technical relationships that are engaged in the World Wide Web. It is based on the notion that understanding the Web involves not only an analysis of its architecture and applications, but also insight into the people, organizations, policies, and economics that are affected by and subsumed within it. As such Web Science, and thus this conference, is inherently interdisciplinary and integrates computer and information sciences, sociology, economics, political science, law, management, language and communication, geography and psychology. 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 these disciplines and those which cross traditional disciplinary boundaries.

Following the success of WebSci’09 in Athens and WebSci’10 in Raleigh we are seeking papers that demonstrate the development, scope, and relevance of the emerging field of Web Science. Possible topics for submissions include:

  • On-line lives: individuals and organizations shopping, dating, learning, networking
  • Trust and privacy
  • Evolving technologies — new search technologies, linked data, new Web languages and/or protocols, and emerging application areas
  • The pro-human web in an unequal world: access, inequalities and agendas for change
  • Web futures: possibilities critiques and challenges
  • The web and the state: nationalism, politics. democracy
  • Governance control and power
  • Knowledge, education, and scholarship–the potential and effects of crowdsourcing and long tails
  • Intellectual property and the Commons
  • The dark side of the Web–such as cybercrime, pornography and terrorism

Important Dates

Submission deadline for 2-page abstracts: 28 February 2011
Notification of acceptance: 21 March 2011

Submission Information

Submissions are in the form of extended abstracts of 250-500 words (max. 2 pages). Abstracts may be submitted in PDF (.pdf, preferred), HTML (.html), plain-text (.txt) or Word (.doc) format.

Authors of accepted abstracts will have the option to submit a paper, which will be published on the conference website. The recommended length of submitted papers is 6 to 8 pages. A selection of accepted abstracts will be allotted a slot for an oral presentation and/or a poster presentation. The best submissions will be invited to a journal contribution.

Programme Chairs:

David de Roure, eResearch Center, University of Oxford Scott Poole, Department of Communication, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

General Chairs:

Steffen Staab, Institute for Web Science & Technologies, University of Koblenz-Landau; York Sure, GESIS – Leibniz Institute for Social Science & University of Koblenz-Landau; Christof Wolf, GESIS – Leibniz Institute for Social Science & University of Mannheim; Gianfranco Walsh, Institute for Management, University of Koblenz-Landau