the 6th Making Sense of Microposts Workshop (#Microposts2016)
                  at World Wide Web Conference (WWW 2016),

                           (Computational) Social Science Track


                                            11/12th Apr 2016
                                            Montreal, Canada


To foster collaboration between Computer Science and Social Sciences, and continue to encourage contribution from the latter domain to improve on 'Making Sense of Microposts', we will have for the second time a special track dedicated to (Computational) Social Science papers.

THEME: Big things come in small packages

The #Microposts workshops aim to bring together researchers from multiple disciplines to debate current, leading edge effort toward analysing and understanding Microposts - "information published on the Web that is small in size and requires minimal effort to publish. Microposts include tweets (using plain text or with embedded links and objects); social network endorsement using Instagram hearts; check-ins via Facebook and Foursquare, pins on Pinterest; links to brief, pre-recorded and streaming video via Snapchat and Meerkat. Although individual Microposts are small and therefore typically focus on a single thought, message or theme, collectively they provide a rich source of information and opinion about a range of topics. Among others, the (Computational) Social Science track will examine the human in Micropost data generation and analysis; we encourage submissions that look at understanding how situation and context, and social and cultural phenomena and language drive individual and collective publication of Microposts, whether targeted at the general public, a specific person or other entity, e.g. a ruling government or a cause. The workshop aims to continue to provide a forum to enable discussion and hence, improve understanding of the generation and reuse of Micropost data, and discuss application of the knowledge thus derived in a variety of contexts, including crowd movement, mass communication, and its influence on citizen empowerment and the formatino of opinion and sentiment.


The special (Computational) Social Sciences track at #Microposts2016 will focus on topics including, but not exclusive to, first:

Computational Social Science & Web Science Studies
               - Collective awareness
               - Education & citizen empowerment, data journalism
               - Digital & media literacy regarding Micropost data
               - Civil action, media & politics
               - Political and polemical aspects of Microposts
               - Conflicts and crises

               - Ethics, legal and privacy issues
               - Psychological profiles and psychological aspects of Micropost-based interactions
               - Cultural phenomena & memes
               - Social media and wellbeing
               - Cultural, generational and regional differences in access and use
               - Inequality in access and use of digital, social media
               - Emerging social and communication dynamics resulting from Micropost-based services

               - Critical reflections on big data
               - Linguistics & Microposts

Additionally, the topics below, detailed in the CfP for the main track, are of interest to the Social Sciences community, regarding obtaining understanding about, discovering knowledge content of, add application of Micropost data:

               - Emergent semantics
               - Data mining from Microposts
               - Opinion mining, sentiment and sentic analysis
               - Network analysis and community detection
               - Influence detection and social contagion modelling
               - Prediction approaches
               - Linking Microposts into the Web of Linked Data (i.e. entity extraction and URI disambiguation)
               - Collective intelligence, user profiling, personalisation & recommendation
               - Business analytics & market intelligence
               - Event & topic detection and tendency tracking
               - Microposts as second screen to television
               - Geo-localised, Micropost-based services
               - Public consensus & citizen participation
               - Security, emergency response & health
               - Effortless posting and wearable devices on communication
               - Linking social and physical signals for, e.g., crowd tracking


A keynote address from an invited speaker will open the day, and followed by paper presentations. We will hold a poster and demo session to trigger further, in-depth interaction between workshop participants. The last set of presentations will be brief overviews of selected submissions to the Challenge. The workshop will close with the presentation of awards.


   Full papers: 6 pages
   Position papers & extended abstracts: 3 pages

All written submissions should be prepared according to the ACM SIG Proceedings Template (at, and should include author names and affiliations, and 3-5 author-selected keywords. Where a submission includes additional material submission this should be made as a single, unencrypted zip file that includes a plain text file listing its contents.

Submission is via EasyChair, at:

Each submission will receive, in addition to a meta-review, 2 peer reviews.

We aim to publish the #Microposts2016 proceedings as a single volume containing all three tracks, via CEUR (, a free, open access, online platform for publishing workshop proceedings. is a recognised ISSN publication series.

Submissions to the Social Sciences track may, in addition to presenting novel work, include extended abstracts summarising or discussing previously published work or presenting position statements. One author of each accepted paper is expected to register for and give a presentation at the workshop - registration fees and details may be found on the WWW’2016 website (

The main workshop website (above) provides more detail, as well as the dedicated track page at:


Submission deadline: *13 Jan 2016*
Notification: 02 Feb 2016
Camera-ready deadline: 08 Feb 2016

(all deadlines 23:59 Hawaii Time)

Early Bird Registration: Feb 2016
Workshop - 11th or 12th Apr 2016 (open to all)


Sponsored by GESIS Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences, Germany ( )

Award: €300 to highest ranking submission


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Twitter persona: @Microposts2016
Twitter hashtag: #Microposts2016

W3C Microposts Community Group:


Katrin Weller, GESIS Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences, Germany

Workshop Organisers

A. Elizabeth Cano, KMi, The Open University, UK
Daniel Preoţiuc-Pietro, University of Pennsylvania, USA
Danica Radovanović, University of Novi Sad, Serbia
Aba-Sah Dadzie, KMi, The Open University, UK

Advisory Committee & Publicity
Milan Stankovic, Sépage & STIH / Université Paris-Sorbonne, France

Program Committee

Gholam R. Amin, Sultan Qaboos University, Oman
Julie Birkholz, CHEGG, Universiteit Gent, Belgium
Jordan Carpenter, University of Pennsylvania, USA
A. Seza Doğruöz, Tilburg University, Netherlands
Fabio Giglietto, Università di Urbino Carlo Bo, Italy
Athina Karatzogianni, University of Leicester, UK
José M. Morales del Castillo, El Colegio de México, Mexico
Raquel Recuero, Universidade Católica de Pelotas, Brazil
Luca Rossi, Università di Urbino Carlo Bo, Italy
Victoria Uren, Aston Business School, UK
Alistair Willis, The Open University, UK

Dr. Katrin Weller
GESIS Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences
Dept. Computational Social Science
Unter Sachsenhausen 6-8
D-50667 Köln

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