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Workshop on the Weblogging Ecosystem: Aggregation, Analysis and Dynamics
A Workshop of the WWW 2004 Conference
May 17th or 18th, 2004
New York, NY
Submission Deadline: March 12, 2004
Please see: for complete details

Theme of the Workshop

Weblogging has emerged in the past few years as a new grassroots publishing medium. Like electronic mail and the web itself, weblogging has taken off and by some estimates the number of weblogs is doubling every year. Recent estimates place the number of active weblogs at about 1.4 million.

The weblogging microcosm has evolved into a distinct form, into a community of publishers. The strong sense of community amongst bloggers distinguishes weblogs from the various forms of online publications such as online journals, 'zines and newsletters that flourished in the early days of the web and from traditional media such as newspapers, magazines and television. The use of weblogs primarily for publishing, as opposed to discussion, differentiates blogs from other online community forums, such as Usenet newsgroups and message boards. Often referred to as the blogsphere, the network of bloggers is a thriving ecosystem, with its own internally driven dynamics.

The cross-linking that takes place between blogs, through blogrolls, explicit linking, trackbacks, and referrals has helped create a strong sense of community in the weblogging world. There is work underway to understand the dynamics of the weblogging network, much of which springs from bloggers themselves. The self-publishing aspect of weblogs, the time-stamped entries, the highly interlinked nature of the blogging community and the significant impact of weblog content on politics, ideas, and culture make them a fascinating subject of study.


Workshop Topics and Objectives

The "Weblogging Ecosystem" workshop will provide a forum for presentation and discussion of research into the dynamics, sociology, and mining of the blogsphere.

Topics of interest to the workshop include:

-Mapping and visualization of the blogsphere
-Weblog taxonomies: automatic and/or manual construction
-Automatic classification of weblog entries
-Weblog search engines
-Aggregate measures over the blogsphere
-Weblog mining and applications
-Dynamics of information flow across the blogsphere
-Methods for weblog census
-Weblog lifecycle
-Influence of blogsphere on the information landscape
-Alternative blog forms (radioblogs, photoblogs, etc.)
-Sociological studies of blogging
-A secondary goal of the workshop is to discuss the sharing of weblog datasets for use in research studies.

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