***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.insna.org ***** The Third International Workshop on Weblogging Ecosystems will take place in May 2006 in Edinburgh, UK. As with the previous workshops, this is being held in conjunction with the International World Wide Web Conference (WWW-2006). The call for papers for the workshop is available online here: http://www.blogpulse.com/www2006-workshop/ As with previous workshops, we are calling for papers describing research related to textual, visual, graphical and/or sociological analysis of the blogosphere. In addition, we are pleased to announce the release of a large data set of weblog posts in conjunction with the workshop. Please visit the CFP for details. Please feel free to distribute this CFP to your colleagues and to appropriate mailing lists. CFP: 3rd International Workshop on the Weblogging Ecosystem (WWE 2006) Edinburgh, UK May 22 or 23rd (TBD) at the WWW 2006 conference http://www.blogpulse.com/www2006-workshop/ Paper submission deadline: March 10, 2006 Author Notification: April 3, 2006 Introduction The weblogging community continues to evolve: weblogs are gaining more and more exposure, the number of bloggers continues to grow and the contribution of individual bloggers is becoming significant and compelling. The dynamics of the blogosphere, found in trackbacks, citation links, blog-rolls, comments, tags, shared topics and interests provides a facinating domain of study for researchers from all academic and commercial fields including text mining, social network analysis, computational linguistics, business and marketing intelligence, libarary sciences, taxonometrics, graph theory and data visualization. The workshop will build on the success of the previous two meetings, bringing together researchers from these diverse areas, working in both academic and commercial settings: contributors with a keen interest in an area with increasing technological, social, political and cultural impact. In addition to a regular track of research presentations, this year's workshop will feature the first ever weblog research data release. This data release will allow researchers access to a large coherent body of weblog post data for a specific time period. Researchers are encouraged to use this data set in the presentation of their research results at the workshop. We plan to compile the papers that focus on this data set into a book which will present an exciting view of a specific period of blogosphere history. Areas of Interest The weblogging phenomenon represents an exciting opportunity for many fields of research. Papers submitted to this workshop should be focus on one or more of the following topics: - Mapping and visualization of the blogsphere - Weblog taxonomies: automatic and/or manual construction, automatic classification of weblog entries - Weblog tools: search, structured blogging, collaborative filtering - Aggregate measures over the blogosphere - Dynamics of information flow across the blogsphere - Sociological analyses: methods for weblog census, weblog lifecycle - Influence of the blogosphere on the information landscape - Alternative blog forms (podcasting, moblogging, photoblogs, etc.) - Text mining: topic detection, phrase mining, sentiment analysis, gender/age/demographic identification, spam filtering, topic trending/tracking, tag analysis - Time series forecasting: predicting future trends based on blog content - Social network analysis: influential bloggers, ranking, authority, centrality, community identification - Document analysis for weblogs Data Challange Much of the interest in research relating to weblogs involves the analysis of large quantities of data. As part of this workshop, we are very excited to provide a data set to the research community. The aim is to encourage the use of this data to focus the various views and analyses of the blogosphere over a common space. This will provide a unique opportunity to compare different views of the blogosphere and to stimulate interesting discussion and collaboration. As a result of this exercise, we plan to publish a book containing the collected data challange papers. The data release comprises a complete set of weblog posts for three weeks in July 2005 (on the order of 10M posts). This data set has been selected as it spans a period of time during which an event of global significance occurred, namely the London bombings. The data set includes the full content of the posts plus mark-up. The marked-up fields include: date of posting, time of posting, author name, title of the post, weblog url, permalink, tags/categories, and outlinks classified by type - details may be found at the workshop homepage (see above). Intelliseek, Inc. will facilitate the distribution of the data. To obtain a copy of the data, sign and fax the datashare individual agreement form to Intelliseek. Paper Submission and Review Please see the website for submission details. Papers submitted to the workshop will undergo a peer review process overseen by the workshop co-chairs. Each paper will be reviewed by at least two program commitee members. Accepted papers will be presented at the workshop by one of the authors and will be published in the WWW-2006 Workshops CD-ROM and online. Papers should not exceed 5000 words (approximately 12 pages) in length and must be submitted in PDF. 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