***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.insna.org ***** CALL FOR PAPERS ============================================================= When the City Meets the Citizens Workshop , Dublin, June 4th 2012 (WCMCW) In conjunction with the International AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media (ICWSM) http://researcher.ibm.com/researcher/view_project.php?id=2983 ============================================================= KEYNOTE SPEAKER We are excited to have George MacKerron, Research Associate at UCL’s Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis and a Visiting Fellow at LSE’s Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, present the keynote BACKGROUND AND MOTIVATION Social media has played a key role in providing insights into people's activities, opinions and day-to-day lives. These detailed user-generated information-streams offer a unique opportunity for cities to understand and engage their citizens. The research domain of smarter cities aims to monitor disruptive events (e.g., emergencies, Olympics), analyze social behaviour, identify citizens' sentiment and understand their interactions with services. On the other side, cities can use their understanding of the citizen to foster stronger relationships with the diverse communities in their constituencies. This understanding could be applied to mobilize people on important issues such as education, health care, political engagement and community awareness. Current social media research falls short of what the agenda behind smarter cities requires. Most of the research in social media has gone into understanding the relationship between the city and its dwellers, and researchers have done so by collecting and analyzing what dwellers post on social media sites. However, these sites could be used not only to monitor citizens but also to engage them. This workshop is interested in research that aims to progress both sides of this relationship, but particularly research that works towards closing the loop between the city and the citizens This WCMC workshop fosters discussions covering topics such as (but not limited to): * Use of social media to engage citizens, for example through gamification * Improving understanding of the city through mining social media * Disaster recovery and coordination using social media * Mobilizing the community through social media * Pervasive applications for user interaction and data collection * Enabling citizen and NGO initiatives through social media * Methodology for quality evaluation and validation of user generated content * Visualizations and interfaces to enable exploration of city data * Privacy and ethical concerns in citizen engagement SUBMISSIONS All contributions must be submitted as PDF files. The workshop accepts full papers (no longer than 6 pages) and position papers (no longer than 4 pages),and all must be submitted by the deadlines given above, and formatted in AAAI two-column, camera-ready style (see the author instructions page). All submitted papers will be reviewed and judged on originality, technical correctness, relevance, and quality of presentation by the Program Committee. All accepted submissions must be presented during the workshop. Please submit papers to EasyChair WCMCW2012 (http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=wcmcw2012). Follow use on Twitter @wcmcw2012 IMPORTANT DATES Paper submission deadline: March 2, 2012 Paper acceptance notifications:March 16, 2012 PROGRAM COMMITTEE Cecilia Mascolo, University of Cambridge Barry Smyth, UCD, Ireland Aaron Quigley, St. Andrews University, Scotland Jill Freyne, CSIRO, Australia Peter Brusilovsky, University of Pittsburgh, USA Dominik Dahlem, IBM Research, Ireland Neal Lathia, University of Cambridge, UK Michael Batty, University College London, UK Karen Church, Telefonica Research, Barcelona, Spain Mirco Musolesi, University of Birmingham, UK Christine Outram, City Innovation Group, USA Conor Hayes, DERI, Ireland Licia Capra, University College London, UK Marcus Foth, Queensland University of Technology, Australia Thomas Erickson, IBM Research Lisa Purvis, Spigit, USA Robin Burke, DePaul University, USA Sandra Gonzalez-Bailon, Oxford Internet Institute, UK ORGANIZING COMMITTEE Elizabeth M. Daly, IBM Research, Smarter Cities Dublin Giusy Di Lorenzo, IBM Research, Smarter Cities Dublin Daniele Quercia, University of Cambridge, UK Michael Muller, IBM Research, Cambridge, USA _____________________________________________________________________ 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.