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Dear colleagues,

We are excited to share with you this call for abstracts for a workshop on "Web, Social Media, and Cellphone Data for Demographic Research" at SocInfo 2016. The workshop will take place in Seattle/Bellevue on November 14, 2016 and the deadline for abstract submissions is September 30, 2016. There is more information below.

Thanks and we hope to see you at the workshop!

Best regards,

Dennis Feehan 
Emilio Zagheni 



Deadline: September 30, 2016, 5pm Pacific Time
Submissions email: [log in to unmask]

Workshop website: http://projects.demog.berkeley.edu/socinfo2016/

Demography has been a data-driven discipline since its birth. The global spread of the Internet, social media and cell phones opens up new opportunities for understanding traditional demographic research questions. At the same time, the use of social media and the Internet can influence people’s demographic behavior at a wide range of scales--from the planning of major life events like childbirth and migration, to daily decisions like commuting patterns and kin interactions.

There are clear benefits to 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 foster communication and exchange between the two communities, revolving around the main theme of applications and implications of Web, social media and cellphone data for demographic research.

Topics that are relevant for the workshop include, but are not limited to:

* Population research with Web data, social media data, or cellphone data;
* Demographic features of online communities or services;
* Sentiment analysis associated to demographic events like immigration;
* Implications of social media and Internet for demographic behavior;
* Nowcasting fertility, mortality or migration with online data;
* Understanding population health with social media data;
* Methods for extracting information from non-representative samples;
* Web experiments;
* Using crowdsourced data for demographic research;
* Applications of demographic methods to online populations.

Participants who would like to present must submit an extended abstract (2-4 pages) or a full paper. The submissions will be evaluated by the Organizing Committee on the basis of quality and fit to the workshop theme. Please attach submissions to an email and send them to [log in to unmask] by 5pm Pacific Time on September 30, 2016.

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.

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