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Social Media and Demographic Research: Applications and Implications
Cologne, Germany, 17 May 2016

This Research Workshop is co-organized by the IUSSP Scientific Panel on Big Data and Population Processes as a side event at the 10th International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM-16), taking place in Cologne, Germany, 17-20 May 2016.
Deadline for submissions: 18 March 2016
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The IUSSP Panel on Big Data and Population Processes invites contributions from colleagues interested in Computational Demography. The Panel encourages submissions from researchers who wish to present their work, as well as the attendance of scholars interested in broadening their exposure to the topic.
Demography has been a data-driven discipline since its birth. Data collection and the development of formal methods have sustained most of the major advances in our understanding of population processes. The global spread of Social Media has generated new opportunities for demographic research, as individuals leave an increasing quantity of traces online that can be aggregated and mined for population research. At the same time, the use of Social Media and Internet are affecting people’s daily activities as well as life planning, with implications for demographic behavior.
There are clear benefits inherent in connecting demography and data science. As ever more complex population-level data become available, demography can offer rigorously-developed concepts, measures and methods to those involved in the ‘big social data’ revolution. As social media services become a major source of social scientific data, the interaction with data science holds great potential to advance demographic research as well. Despite the great potential involved in these interactions, there is unfortunately very limited communication between population researchers and data scientists. This workshop is intended to favor communication and exchange between the two communities and would revolve around the main theme of applications and implications of social media for demographic research. Topics that are relevant for the workshop include, but are not limited to:

Participants who wish to present their research must send an extended abstract (2-4 pages) or a full paper by e-mail to [log in to unmask] by 18 March 2016.

Submissions will be evaluated by the Organizing Committee on the basis of quality and fit to the workshop theme. Accepted abstracts and papers will be presented as short presentations, lightning talks or posters. Participants who are interested in attending but do not submit a research paper or a position paper should submit a paragraph explaining why they are interested in participating, what they would gain from participation, and how they can contribute to the workshop.
There will be no formal proceedings for the abstracts and papers submitted. However, if we receive enough high quality submissions, and if there is enough interest from participants to the workshop, we will propose a special issue of the open access journal Demographic Research - one of the top journals in the field.  The issue would include a selection of papers presented at the workshop, after going through the peer-review process. We have already contacted the Editor of Demographic Research, who agreed in principle to the possibility of hosting a special issue in the journal.

Appel à contributions:

Médias sociaux et recherche démographique : applications et implications
Cologne, Allemagne, 17 mai 2016
Cet atelier de recherche est co-organisé par le Comité scientifique de l'UIESP « Big data et processus démographiques » et se tiendra lors de la première journée de la 10e Conférence internationale de l’AAAI sur le web et les médias sociaux (ICWSM-16) organisée à Cologne (Allemagne) du 17 au 20 mai 2016.

Date limite de soumission : 18 mars 2016

Cet atelier se tiendra en anglais. Toutes les soumissions doivent se faire en anglais.

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