For the fifth time, Making Sense of Microposts Workshop will be held at the World Wide Web 2015 conference, 18th/19th May 2015 in Florence, Italy. The theme “Big things come in small packages” aims to bring together researchers from multiple disciplines to debate current, leading edge effort toward analysing and understanding Microposts – “information published on the Web that is small in size and requires minimal effort to publish (e.g. a Tweet, Facebook share, Instagram like, Google +1)”. The focus is on a single thought, message or theme, collectively they provide a rich source of information and opinion about a range of topics. This year, I am co-chairing the Social Science track, a special track dedicated to Social Science papers at #Microposts2015. The aim of the Social Science track is to foster greater collaboration between Computer Science and the Social Sciences, and continue to encourage contribution from the latter domain to improve on ‘Making Sense of Microposts’. The special Social Sciences track at #Microposts2015 will focus on topics including, but not exclusive to, first:

  • Collective awareness
  • Education & citizen empowerment, data journalism
  • Civil action, media & politics
  • Political and polemical aspects of Microposts
  • Ethics, legal and privacy issues
  • Psychological profiles and psychological aspects of Micropost-based interactions
  • Cultural, generational and regional differences in access and use
  • Inequality in access and use of digital, social media

Additionally, the topics for the main track include topics of interest to the Social Sciences community, regarding obtaining understanding about, discovering the knowledge content of, add application of Micropost data. Important dates:

  • Main Track submission deadline: *24 Jan 2015*
  • Social Sciences Track submission deadline: *07 Feb 2015*
  • Notification: 22 Feb 2015
  • Camera-ready (hard) deadline (Main & Social Sciences tracks): 8 Mar 2015

Please check the motivation and topics for the Microposts2015Call for participation, and the Social track call.

Recently, I had a great opportunity and chance to participate in an excellent event – an interactive conference: Policy Research, Technology, and Advocacy Converge @ the HUB, November 7-8, 2013 in Prague, hosted by Think Tank Fund. The first day of the conference started with an inspiring keynote of Scott Carpenter from Google Ideas, after which the series of panels started. I was the guest on the panel where my colleagues, Marieke Van DijkMarek Tuszynski, and I discussed the strategic choices from the management perspective, that think tanks need to consider in deciding on how to integrate use of data intensive products and their communication to new audiences in their core work. The next day, I lead an interactive workshop where we discussed how think tanks can improve their use of social networks (Twitter, Google +, Facebook, Flickr, Soundcloud, YouTube, Vimeo, Slideshare, Scribd, issuu, etc.) as a communication and collaboration tool for dissemination of information/data, and interaction with their audiences and other institutions. Check out the points made from the workshop, and slides you may find useful.