***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.insna.org ***** 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. Best, Sam Gosling Professor Department of Psychology University of Texas Austin, TX 78701 512-471-1628 [log in to unmask] www.snoopology.com ------------------------------------------------------------ Preliminary Call for Papers Fourth International AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media (ICWSM-10) May 23-26, 2010 George Washington University, Washington, DC Sponsored by the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence 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 encouraged. 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: DISCIPLINES: - Computational Linguistics/NLP - Text Mining/Data Mining - Psychology - SNA, Sociology - Visualization - HCI - Graph theory, concrete analysis and simulation of graphical models MEDIA: - Weblogs, including comments - Microblogs - Wikis (wikipedia) - Forums, usenet - Community media sites: youtube, flickr TOPICS INCLUDE: - Psychological, personality-based and ethnographic studies of social media - 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 visualization - Subjectivity in textual data; sentiment analysis; polarity/opinion identification and extraction - Text categorization; topic recognition; demographic/gender/age identification - Trend identification and tracking; time series forecasting; measuring predictability of phenomena based on social media - New social media applications; interfaces; interaction techniques IMPORTANT DATES: 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 SUBMISSION 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 http://www.aaai.org/Publications/Author/author.php). Details for the submission procedure will appear at the conference website: http://icwsm.org SUBMISSIONS TO OTHER CONFERENCES OR JOURNALS 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 audience. REGISTRATION 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. PUBLICATION 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. DATA CHALLENGE 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. CONFERENCE WEBSITE www.icwsm.org For general information regarding ICWSM-10, please write to [log in to unmask] More details about the CFP and the conference will appear on the website over time. ORGANIZERS: 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: (Preliminary) 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. Professor Department of Psychology University of Texas Austin, TX 78701 512-471-1628 [log in to unmask] www.snoopology.com _____________________________________________________________________ SOCNET is a service of INSNA, the professional association for social network researchers (http://www.insna.org). To unsubscribe, send an email message to [log in to unmask] containing the line UNSUBSCRIBE SOCNET in the body of the message.