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Hi All,

I attach the preliminary announcement for the International Conference  
on Weblogs and Social Media (ICWSM) to be held in Washington DC in May  
2010. This conference should be of interest to anyone doing research  
on blogs, microblogs (e.g., twitter), and other social media platforms  
(e.g., Facebook, wikipedia, match, email, eBay, flickr, dopplr, etc.).  
Up until now social scientists have had only modest representation at  
the conference. But the organizers are very enthusiastic about  
including the perspectives offered by social scientists (that's why  
they invited me to co-chair the program committee). So I urge you to  
consider presenting your research at the ICWSM this year.

If you would like submit a paper or poster please note that the ICWSM  
uses the model common in the computer sciences where submissions are  
full papers (up to 8 pages), are subject to peer review, and, if  
accepted, are printed in full in the conference proceedings where they  
count as full publications.

If you have any questions, please let me know.


Sam Gosling
Department of Psychology
University of Texas
Austin, TX 78701
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Preliminary Call for Papers

Fourth International AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media
May 23-26, 2010
George Washington University, Washington, DC

Sponsored by the Association for the Advancement of Artificial

Featuring a keynote by Professor Bob Kraut on
"Designing Online Communities from Theory"

The International Conference on Weblogs and Social Media is a unique
venue that brings together researchers from the disciplines of NLP,
Social Psychology, Data Mining, Sociology and Visualization to
increase our understanding of social media in all its incarnations.
Research that blends social science and technology is especially

The 2010 meeting will be held in Washington DC, where government
innovators are experimenting with the use of social media to increase
transparency and better engage with the citizenry. The conference
will take advantage of this venue to invite leaders from  "The
Goverati" to share their experiences in the use of social media.

The conference brings together researchers working in a number of
disciplines with a broad array of social data:

- Computational Linguistics/NLP
- Text Mining/Data Mining
- Psychology
- SNA, Sociology
- Visualization
- Graph theory, concrete analysis and simulation of graphical models

- Weblogs, including comments
- Microblogs
- Wikis (wikipedia)
- Forums, usenet
- Community media sites: youtube, flickr

- Psychological, personality-based and ethnographic studies of social
- Analyzing the relationship between social media and mainstream media
- Centrality/influence of social media publications and authors
- Ranking/relevance of blogs; web page ranking based on blogs
- Social network analysis; communities identification; expertise and
authority discovery; collaborative filtering
- Trust; reputation; recommendation systems
- Human computer interaction; social media tools; navigation and
- Subjectivity in textual data; sentiment analysis; polarity/opinion
identification and extraction
- Text categorization; topic recognition; demographic/gender/age
- Trend identification and tracking; time series forecasting;
measuring predictability of phenomena based on social media
- New social media applications; interfaces; interaction techniques

Tutorial Proposals: December 1, 2009
Paper Submission: January 8, 2010
Poster/Demo Submission: January 8, 2010
Paper Acceptance: March 3, 2010
Poster/Demo Acceptance: March 3, 2010
Workshop Submission: March 1, 2010
Camera Ready Copies: March 12, 2010

People interested in participating should submit through the ICWSM-10
website a technical paper (up to 8 pages, not including references),
poster or demo description (up to 4 pages) by the deadlines given
above (Midnight PST). Papers must be must be formatted in AAAI
two-column, camera-ready style (see the AAAI author instructions page
at Details for
the submission procedure will appear at the conference website:

ICWSM-10 will not accept any paper that, at the time of submission,
is under review for or has already been published or accepted for
publication in a journal or conference. This restriction does not
apply to submissions for workshops and other venues with a limited

All accepted papers and extended abstracts will be published in the
conference proceedings. At least one author must register for the
conference by the deadline for camera-ready copy submission. In
addition, the registered author must attend the conference to present
the paper in person.

All accepted papers and abstracts will be allocated eight (8) pages
in the conference proceedings. Authors will be required to transfer
copyright of their paper to AAAI.

ICWSM-10 will once again hold a data challenge featuring a
freely-available dataset and a half-day workshop at the conference.
Details will be posted on the conference website.


For general information regarding ICWSM-10, please write to
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appear on the website over time.

Program Chairs:
William Cohen, CMU Computer Science
Samuel Gosling, U Texas Dept of Psychology

General Chair:
Marti Hearst, UC Berkeley School of Information

Senior Program Committee Members:
Lada Adamic
Eugene Agichtein
Cindy Chung
Scott Counts
Tim Finin
Evgeniy Gabrilovich
Kristina Lerman
Jure Leskovec
Winter Mason
Gilad Mishne
Bo Pang
Marc Smith

Sam Gosling, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology
University of Texas
Austin, TX 78701
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