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As an Organising Committee Chair of the Microposts 2016 workshop at the 25th World Wide Web conference, I am inviting you to check out the  Call for papers and contribute with your expertise and research. The workshop is interdiscipinary and gathers academics and professionals from the Computational Sciences and Social/Web Science studies. Also, have in mind that we will have a best SocSci paper award. For more information, please visit this page.

What are Microposts?

Microposts – “information published on the Web that is small in size and requires minimal effort to publish” – remain a popular means for communicating information. Microposts include tweets (using plain text or with embedded links and objects); social network endorsement using Instagram hearts; check-ins via Facebook and Foursquare, pins on Pinterest; links to brief, pre-recorded and streaming video via Snapchat and Meerkat. Microblogging apps for the ubiquitous smartphone and other small, personal devices, which support capturing photos and short videos, allow these to accompany text or serve in themselves as the Micropost.

#Microposts2016 will focus on topics including, but not exclusive to, the three areas below:

MAKING SENSE/UNDERSTAND – focusing on the human in Micropost data generation and analysis, we encourage submissions that look at understanding how situation and context drive individual and

microposts_logo2014.pngFor 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)”.

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
      – Emerging social and communication dynamics resulting from Micropost-based services

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 the Social track call.