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Call for short papers:

Words and Networks: Language Use in Socio-Technical Networks (WON 2012)

We solicit short papers for a workshop on research at the nexus of text analysis and network analysis. The workshop will be held at the ACM Web Science 2012 Conference in Evanston, IL, on June 22nd (http://www.websci12.org/).

Workshop webpage: http://people.lis.illinois.edu/~jdiesner/calls/WON_2012.html.

While text analysis and network analysis have evolved into mature yet still quickly advancing fields, new work at their intersection emerges that enhances our understanding of the transformative role that language can play in networks and the relationship between information and networks. By jointly considering text data and network data we can analyze networks along multiple dimensions of human behavior. This has facilitated eminent work on collective problem solving through information propagation, language change, and the adoption of beliefs and sentiments, to name a few areas. The overarching goal with this workshop is to bring together people that bridge the gap between text analysis and network analysis, and to discuss current advances and challenges in this new field.

What and how to submit:

We welcome short papers (2-6 pages) on algorithmic, methodological and applied empirical work that considers text data and network data. We are also interested in computational solutions that support this process.

Please submit your paper EasyChair (https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=won2012).
Please use the Word or LaTeX templates for WebSci12 for you submission (http://www.websci12.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/WebSci-Proceedings-Templates-2012.zip).


Topics of interest include:

-          Semantic network analysis

-          Information networks

-          Mental maps

-          Joint utilization of natural language processing or computational linguistics and network analysis, e.g. in the context of social media analytics

-          Evolution and change of language, trust and reputation in online and offline settings


Important dates:

May 16: Short papers due

May 25: Acceptance notes sent out

June 08: Final version of short papers due

June 22: Workshop

June 22-24: Web Science Conference, Evanston, Illinois, USA



Jana Diesner

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The iSchool/ Graduate School of Library and Information Science

Web: http://people.lis.illinois.edu/~jdiesner/


David Reitter

Carnegie Mellon University, Dept. of Psychology

and Penn State, College of Information Sciences and Technology

Web: http://www.david-reitter.com

Program Committee:

Christian Baden, Ludwig Maximilian University Munich

Moira Burke, Facebook

Lee Giles, Penn State University

Scott Golder, Cornell University

Georg Groh, Technical University Munich

Anatoliy Gruzd, Dalhousie University

Peter Landwehr, Carnegie Mellon University

Winter Mason, Stevens Institute of Technology

Eduarda Mendes Rodrigues, University of Porto

Wouter van Atteveldt, University Amsterdam

John Yen, Penn State University

Regards, Jana


Jana Diesner
Assistant Professor
The iSchool/ Graduate School of Library and Information Science
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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