***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.insna.org ***** *Apologies for cross-posting* Call for Submissions: Papers (extended abstracts), Panels and Posters 2014 SOCIAL MEDIA & SOCIETY CONFERENCE (#SMSociety14) September 27-28, 2014, Toronto, Canada Conference website: http://SocialMediaAndSociety.com/ KEYNOTE: Keith N. Hampton, Rutgers University INDUSTRY KEYNOTE: John Weigelt, National Technology Officer, Microsoft Canada IMPORTANT DATES Paper & Panel Abstracts Due: April 18, 2014 Paper & Panel Notification: May 19, 2014 Poster Abstracts Due: May 23, 2014 Poster Notification: June 13, 2014 Conference Dates: September 27-28, 2014 DESCRIPTION We live in an era of “Big Data”. Petabyte and exabyte-size datasets are becoming increasingly common. Much of the data is coming from social media in the form of user-generated content. What do we do with all of these “social” data and how do we make sense of it all? What are the inherent challenges and issues surrounding working with social media data? How are social media platforms and the data that they generate changing us as individuals, changing our organizations and changing our society? Additionally what are the political, ethical, privacy, and security implications of the wide availability of these data? These are just a few questions that we have for this year’s participants of the 2014 Social Media & Society Conference (#SMSociety14). The Social Media & Society Conference is an annual gathering of leading social media researchers from around the world. Now, in its 5th year, the 2014 Conference will be held in Toronto, Canada from September 27 to 28. From its inception, the conference has focused on the best practices for studying the impact and implications of social media on society. The conference offers an intensive two-day program comprising of paper presentations, panel discussions, and posters covering wide-ranging topics related to social media. Organized by the Social Media Lab at Dalhousie University, the conference provides attendees an opportunity to exchange ideas, present their original research, learn about recently completed and work-in-progress studies, and strengthen connections with their peers. Last year’s conference hosted nearly 200 attendees, featured research from 90+ scholars and practitioners across several fields from over 60 institutions in 15 different countries. SUBMISSION PROCESS We invite you to submit papers (extended abstracts), panel proposals and posters on a variety of topics including (but not limited to!): Social Media & Big Data, Social Media Impact on Society, Theories & Methods, and Online/Offline Communities. Full papers are not required for this conference, only an extended abstract (~500 words, excluding references) on a completed or well-developed project related to the broad theme of “Social Media & Society.” All submissions will be peer-reviewed. If selected, the author(s) will be invited to give a 15-minute oral presentation followed by a 5 min Q&A period at the conference. Author(s) of accepted paper abstracts will also be invited to submit their full papers to the new Big Data & Society Journal published by SAGE. Instructions for authors and more information is available at http://SocialMediaAndSociety.com TOPICS OF INTEREST Social Media & Big Data - Visualization of Social Media Data - Social Media Data Mining - Scalability Issues and Social Media Data - Social Media Analytics Social Media Impact on Society - Private Self/Public Self - The Sharing/Attention Economy - Virality & Memes - Political Mobilization & Engagement - Social Media and Health - Social Media and Business (Marketing, PR, HR, Risk Management, etc.) - Social Media and Academia (Alternative Metrics. Learning Analytics, etc.) - Social Media and Public Administration - Social Media and the News Theories & Methods - Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches - Opinion Mining and Sentiment Analysis - Social Network Analysis - Theoretical Models for Studying, Analysing and Understanding Social Media Online/Offline Communities - Trust and Credibility in Social Media - Online Community Detection - Influential User Detection - Online Identity - Case Studies of Online and/or Offline Communities Formed on Social Media CONFERENCE ORGANIZING COMMITTEE Anatoliy Gruzd, Dalhousie University, Canada Barry Wellman. University of Toronto, Canada Philip Mai, Dalhousie University, Canada Jenna Jacobson, University of Toronto, Canada _____________________________________________________________________ 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.