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WWW 2005 <>  2nd Annual Workshop on Workshop on the
Weblogging Ecosystem: Aggregation, Analysis and Dynamics

Workshop Co-Chairs

Eytan Adar, Information Dynamics Lab, Hewlett Packard Labs, Palo Alto 
Natalie Glance, Intelliseek Applied Research Center, Pittsburgh, PA 
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Matthew Hurst, Intelliseek Applied Research Center, Pittsburgh, PA
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Theme of the Workshop

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 creates implicit and
explicit networks which define the communities of the weblogging world.
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 objective of this workshop is to provide a forum for sharing
research on the blogging ecosystem. The workshop will consist of
technical papers, panel discussions, and demonstrations of research
prototypes. Topics of interest for technical papers include, but are not
limited to the following:

*       Mapping and visualization of the blogsphere
*       Weblog taxonomies: automatic and/or manual construction
*       Automatic classification of weblog entries
*       Weblog search engines
*       Applications built on top of blog data
*       Aggregate measures over the blogsphere
*       Dynamics of information flow across the blogsphere
*       Methods for weblog census
*       Weblog lifecycle
*       Influence of blogsphere on the information landscape
*       Alternative blog forms (podcasting, moblogging, photoblogs,

The papers from last year's workshop are available online
<> .

Paper Submission and Review

Papers should be submitted via email to the workshop co-chairs at
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peer review process overseen by the workshop co-chairs. Each paper will
be reviewed by at least two program committee members. Accepted papers
will be presented at the workshop by one of the authors and will be
published in the WWW-2005 Workshops CD-ROM and online. 

Papers should not exceed 5000 words (approximately 12 pages) in length
and must be submitted in PDF. Short papers (up to 6 pages) describing
early research results are also welcome.

Important Dates
Deadline of electronic submission: March 4 , 2005 
Author notification: March 28, 2005
Workshop: May 10, 2005

Workshop Program Committee: 
Lada Adamic <>  Information
Dynamics Lab, Hewlett Packard Labs 
Eytan Adar <>
Information Dynamics Lab, Hewlett Packard Labs 
William Cohen <>  CALD, Carnegie Mellon
Natalie Glance Intelliseek Applied Research Center
Matt Hurst Intelliseek Applied Research Center 
Cameron Marlow <>  MIT Media Laboratory

Tomoyuki Nanno <>  Tokyo Institute
of Technology 
Andrew Tomkins <>  IBM

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